Black Rock Arts Foundation Newsletter – October 2012

In this issue:

  • The Artumnal Gathering – Buy tickets today!
  • Letters of Interest now accepted for 2013 BRAF Grants
  • Sean Orlando, REBAR and BRAF present: Urbanauts
  • 5 Ton Crane exhibit
  • Star Seed by Kate Raudenbush in San Francisco!
  • Grantee Updates



Artwork by Andrew Jones

Do you have your tickets yet? Don’t miss our annual gala event! Don your most extravagant and imaginative attire and mix, mingle, and dance in the exquisitely elegant atmosphere of the Bently Reserve. Gather with your friends and fellow BRAF supporters to celebrate our community’s visionary artists, and support BRAF’s future initiatives. Join us!

Buy tickets now!

The Artumnal Gathering
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Dinner 6:00 p.m. Main Event 9:30 p.m.

The Bently Reserve
400 Sansome St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
Enjoy epicurean delights, tempting libations, tantalizing treats, wondrous pleasures, captivating performances, three elegant rooms of music and DJ’s, original artwork by our favorite artists, a live and silent auction featuring exclusive experiences and items, and abundant expressions of creativity!
Ticket Packages (All tickets are 21 and over.)

Artumnal Celebration – 9:30 pm – Late
  • $40 online presale first tier
  • $45 second tier on sale now and will sell out!
  • $50 third tier online and at door, if tickets don’t sell out! Don’t wait to buy!
Includes an evening of featured and roaming performances, DJs, dancing, raffle, silent auction, art sale, and delightful surprises.
Feast of Imagination – 6:00 pm – Late
  • $250 advance purchase only
Includes an individual seat for a sumptuous dinner, auction, performances, wine, dessert, and entry to the Artumnal Celebration.
Table of Plenty: A Table for 8 at Feast of Imagination – 6:00 pm – Late
  • $3,000 advance purchase only
Includes a reserved table for eight guests for the Feast of Imagination dinner.
Table of Abundance: A Table for 8 at Feast of Imagination, with premium placement – 6:00 pm – Late
  • $5,000 advance purchase only
Includes a reserved table for eight guests for the Feast of Imagination, with premium seating placement in the banquet hall, premium wine selection and other treats.
Table of Jubilation: A Table for 8 at Feast of Imagination, with premium placement – 6:00 pm – Late
  • $10,000 advance purchase only

Includes a reserved table for eight guests for the Feast of Imagination, with premium seating placement in the banquet hall, premium wine selection and other treats.

To purchase tickets, visit See you there!


Letter of Inquiries now accepted for BRAF 2013 Grants

BRAF is now accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOI’s) for our 2013 Grant Cycle. Read more about our grants criteria and instructions on how to apply.

BRAF funds year-round community-driven art projects all over the world. BRAF’s grantee projects break the mold of public art, blur the lines between artist and audience, and actively engage their communities in the creative process. We fund highly interactive art projects that are accessible to, integrated with and for the benefit of their community.Does this sound like your artwork? Apply for a BRAF Grant!Full proposals for BRAF’s grants are received by invitation only. To be considered for invitation, submit a Letter of Inquiry.

To see if your project qualifies for a BRAF grant read our grant criteria, full grant timeline and application instructions.
We can’t wait to hear about your project!



Sean Orlando and REBAR Fellowship at the De Young

Sean Orlando, one of the artists of the absolutely mythic Raygun Gothic Rocketship, has teamed up with 2007 BRAF Grantees REBAR for an exciting new project at the De Young Museum. BRAF is proud to be a collaborating partner in this fellowship.

Photo courtesy of REBAR

Works in progress / Gallery exhibition
October 3-29, 2012
Wednesdays – Sundays 1:00-5:00 p.m. and Fridays until 8:30 p.m.
Kimball Gallery
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA

Join the artists at the Opening Reception
Friday, October 26, 2012, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Kimball Gallery
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA

We’ll keep you posted of a series of more events and art openings that will last until Spring of 2014!


5 Ton Crane Arts Group Exhibition at the SFMOMA Artist Gallery

Members of the Oakland-based collaborative 5 Ton Crane, creators of the iconic public art installation Raygun Gothic Rocket Ship on San Francisco’s Embarcadero, compose a series of large-scale, multimedia artworks representing various urban locations in Oakland


September 22, 2012 – June 1, 2013
SFMOMA Artist Gallery
147 Minna and 150 Natoma Streets
San Francisco, CA

Check out photos from the opening reception. 


Star Seed by Kate Raudenbush in San Francisco!

p Star Seed and sunset visitors ©Kate Raudenbush 2012

BRAF artist Kate Raudenbush will be showing the top half of this year’s 40 -foot tall Burning Man sculpture, Star Seed, on Halloween weekend in San Francisco. It will be shown at the epic Halloween Party “Ghostship” on Treasure Island on October 27.

It will be re-set on 7 foot tall steel legs with only 4 steps to climb, so for those of you who did not have the stomach to climb the 22-foot high roots in the desert, here is another opportunity to lounge in the bower of the seed!



2012 Grantee – Symphony in D Minor Opening Reception

An interactive sound and video installation on an EPIC scale, Symphony in D Minor is premiering at the Skybox, a seven thousand square foot public arts space in Philadelphia. Acting as both conductors and musicians, viewers will unleash thunderstorms in an evolving composition enveloping the audience!

Opening Reception
Saturday October 20th, 7-10pm
Skybox Gallery
2424 East York Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125

For details visit:

2012 Grantee – Firefly Grove now on display

Providence Ballet Theatre’s Youth Ballet Company performing the “Dance of the Fireflies”.

Come see the wonderful interactive light and sound art work that mimics the fireflies’ illumination patterns. The project addresses the commonly heard statement of “where have all the fireflies gone.” The public art work which reminds people of the magical presence of the firefly and its loss due to light pollution can be seen through April 2013 at the John Brown House Museum’s courtyard. At the opening on September 20th we were excited to have the performance of the Providence Ballet Theatre’s Youth Ballet Company performing the Dance of the Fireflies.

John Brown House Museum
52 Power Street
Providence, RI
Open through April 2013
For more information visit


2012 Grantee – The Pool

The Pool is in full swing.  The project now has a complete rotational shell, and over 120 additional shells/platforms in current production. Artist Jen Lewin is working with John Taylor and LumiGeek on a new amazing power over data gaming system to add a level of interaction that was not possible in the original system. The project also has a new l.e.d. pixel controller that allows each interactive platform to animate in millions of individual colors, instead of just being a single color at any given time. The Pool is currently planning on being tested live in February of 2013. It will be on tour and exhibited starting in March 2013.

For more information visit:


2007 Grantee – Burning Baskets

Homer, Alaska: It was basket burning time again on Kachemak Bay. The ninth annual community interactive, impermanent art experience took place on September 17. Each year, under the direction of visual artist Mavis Muller, participants spend one week building a giant intricately woven “basket of remembrance and unburdening”, this year’s themed Inspire, using natural materials gathered from the local countryside.

Fireweed elementary students visit the Homer burning basket each year to join in creating organic art. This ground design was created with the bundles of grass, alder, nettles that will be woven into the walls of the big basket. Photo by Mavis Muller.

The sculpture is given as a gift to the community and all are invited to decorate it with flowers, art, and words to inspire, with personal sentiments tucked inside. At sundown, Inspire met its fiery conclusion dispersing messages & burdens into the night sky in sparks and flames, accompanied by drummers and fire spinners.

Inspire – Basket of Remembrance & Unburdening, Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska, September 17, 2012.

Mavis Muller will be traveling to Europe in November to participate with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Vigo, Spain, in their upcoming exhibition titled The Black Whale, (La Ballena Negra) which marks 10 years since Spain’s devastating oil spill. The exhibition will widen the panorama to include a large banner that Mavis painted in 1989 after the Exxon oil spill in Alaska.

Mavis will present a program, “Pubic Art as a Healing Force”, which documents the 2009 basket burning she facilitated in her hometown, Homer, Alaska at the 20 year mark after the Exxon oil spill in Alaska, for which Mavis created a large woven basket sculpture resembling a fractured heart titled “Re-member – Basket of Restoration & Reunion”. The public was invited to tie rainbow colored ribbons on the sculpture in a way to connect the two separate halves of the heart, which met it’s conclusion through fire with hundreds of people gathered. The interactive, impermanent art symbolized the healing of the collective fractured heart, fractured waters, land and livelihoods left in the wake of the Exxon oil spill. Mavis will co-ordinate a similar public art enactment for the community of Vigo, Spain.

She will then travel to Assisi, Italy where she will co-ordinate a basket burning to take place on December 12, 2012. For more information visit:


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