Black Rock Arts Foundation Newsletter – October 2013

In This Issue:

  • The Artumnal Gathering – Tickets on Sale Now!
  • Apply for a BRAF Grant! LOI’s are now being accepted.
  • Twilight in the Presido
  • Urbanauts: Sean Orlando + Rebar
  • Temple of Remberence by David Best
  • Grantee Updates
    • The Music Box


The 7th Annual Artumnal Gathering – Tickets on now and going fast!

Join us for an evening of tantalizing treats, wondrous pleasures, captivating featured and roaming live performances, DJ’s, original artwork by our favorite artists, dancing, raffle, gallery art sale, live and silent auction featuring exclusive experiences and items, and abundant expressions of creativity!

The 7th Annual Artumnal Gathering
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Bently Reserve 400 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

Don’t miss this greatly anticipated annual event. Don your finest playa-formal attire and mix and mingle with your fellow BRAF supporters and extended community. This year will be spectacular! Don’t miss it!


Photos by Melanie Jones, George Post and Matt Elson.

Photos by Melanie Jones, George Post and Matt Elson.



Make art in your town! Apply for a BRAF Grant!

BRAF is now accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOI’s) for our 2014 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!


Twilight at the Presidio

Join BRAF, Off the Grid and the Presidio Trust for a new weekly event during the month of October.

Twilight at the Presidio
Wednesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2013
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Main Post Lawn, Presido
San Francisco, CA

Off the Grid street food vendors will serve up dishes tapas-style while you relax under the stars on the Presidio’s Main Parade Ground with lantern-lit cabanas, cocktail service, fire pits, and acoustic music. Get cozy!

  • Lantern-Lit Cabanas (FREE but first come first served – could be a very limited supply – make sure you share!)
  • Camp Fires with adirondack chairs
  • Street food will be served tapas-style for enjoyment either fireside, or in private dining cabanas.
  • Bar service will be onsite and can be delivered via waited service to cabanas and fire pits for both cocktails and mocktails.
  • Live music will be played on site to encourage the campfire feel of the evening.
  • Free parking after 5pm
A rendering of Twilight at the Presidio.

A rendering of Twilight at the Presidio.


Urbanauts – Sean Orlando + Rebar

Chart your own evening of ARTventure and discover experiences and performances situated inside and around the grounds of the deYoung. To celebrate the closing of the Urbanauts fellowship and exhibit, we are mapping out and engaging some of our favorite and underutilized spaces at the deYoung. You’ll cross a threshold to embark on a roving sensory treasure hunt, set your own pace of discovery and regroup for a grand reunion. Be there for the sunset and bring your own flashlight! Sssshhh…

Exhibition: Urbanauts, by Sean Orlando and Matthew Passmore
October 2 – November 3, 2013
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Friday Nights 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Closing Reception
Enjoy an evening of entertainment and festivities, co-produced by BRAF. Performers and artifacts will inhabit marginal spaces in and around the museum for you to discover.
October 18, 2013, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.


For more about the project, visit:


Temple of Remembrance Dedication

As you may well know, David Best’s works and contributions have been a major formative influence on Burning Man and BRAF community and culture. His initial temples at Burning Man began a revered tradition of the event. His Hayes Valley Temple marked the birth of BRAF’s thriving Civic Arts Program. As one of BRAF’s first Board Members, David’s vision shaped our mission and programming.

We’re delighted to join him in celebration of his latest public installation, the Temple of Remembrance in Santa Rosa, Ca. Please join us at Paradise Ridge Winery for a special dedication event in honor this new temple.

Temple of Remembrance Dedication
Sunday, October 20, 2013
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Paradise Ridge Winery, Sculpture Meadow
Santa Rosa, CA

After a dozen years of wooden structures that delight and inspire, this is David’s first steel temple, a permanent work of art that will provide a place for reflection, solace and renewal.

David Best in his studio, building the Temple of Remembrance.

David Best in his studio, building the Temple of Remembrance. Photo by Scott Hess.

Many of us seek a place to commune with our memories, recall our loved ones and express our faith in the future. This enduring temple, open to the public seven days a week, will be a lasting vessel for hopes and dreams, memories and wishes.

Read more about the entire sculpture exhibit:


Grantee Updates


2010 Grantee – The Music Box

This wonderful project continues to expand and grow! Watch this video about their latest plans to create a mobile Dithyrambalina village. The Music Box may just visit your town!

A maquette of the proposed mobile Music Box project.

A maquette of the proposed mobile Music Box project.


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