Meet Our Grantees – Fire Blooms Fundraiser

As hopeful recipients of the Black Rock Arts Foundation Grants-to-Artists Program, Rebecca Anders, Yasmin Mawaz-Khan and Charles Gadeken are creating San Francisco Ocean Beach Fire Pits and here they are to tell you more about it:

The experience of building a fire at the ocean’s edge is as old as human time, and a much-beloved ritual on the San Francisco coastline. Ocean Beach Fire Pits are locally made sculptural fire pits made from cast concrete and designed to succeed in the harsh and extreme beach environment. Taking the form of Sea Stars and Fire Blooms these beautifully crafted, unique objects provide a valuable and accessible site of public interaction and connection. Already a success among the San Francisco community, the intentional welcoming aspect of the fire pits draw people together and encourage engagement between a diverse cross-section of beach visitors and the surrounding landscape.

So come and support them by attending this fundraiser so they can meet their goal and receive a matching grant from the Black Rock Arts Foundation.

Come out to the Dept. of Spontaneous Combustion on Saturday, July 26th, for a rockin evening of music, fire, and celebration to support the FireBlooms crew in our ongoing quest to make stunning giant floral firerings for Ocean Beach, SF!

The event features live music, blazing drinks, fire performances, special custom Fire Blooms wearables, and a chance for you to help these unstoppable women of the Fire Blooms crew meet a generous matching grant offer from the Black Rock Arts Foundation!

Please come out and share this good time for this good cause; we look forward to seeing you there, and to continuing this exciting work of functional public art.
When: Saturday, July 26
Doors 9pm

$10 – $20+ sliding scale
Where: 1281 30th st, emeryville, 94608

Who: Fire Blooms!

The fundraiser is hosted by Dept. of Spontaneous Combustion –

Fans of Jimmy Century –

The Fire Rings on Ocean Beach project was started in 2007 by BurnersWithout Borders (, and is supportedby the National Park Service, the Surfrider Foundation, and the BlackRock Arts Foundation (http://www.bmbraf.local/).

The Fire Blooms, initiated by Rebecca Anders and Yasmin Mawaz-Khan, and the Sea Stars, led by Charles Gadeken, have used grant and private funding to produce large sculptural fire rings for public use, with great success. These works have a significant positive impact on Ocean Beach in San Francisco, allowing the long-standing tradition of beach bonfires to continue in a safer, cleaner, legal way. This project is for and about our community, and our people’s support is vital to its completion!

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