Black Rock Arts Foundation – Newsletter – June 2014

In this Issue:

  • Fiscal Sponsorship for Burning Man Honorarium art
  • Sunset Piano Opus 3 next events
  • Grantee Update
    • Why Can’t the First Part of the Second Party be the Second Part of the First Party?
    • Compression Sesquicentennial Peregrinations
    • Towards the Green Surface
    • River of Wings
    • Hospitality House
    • The Pool
    • Global Lives
    • Soundwave

Fiscal Sponsorship for Burning Man Honorarium art

As announced in our last newsletter, the Black Rock Arts Foundation is thrilled to be in the fortunate position of being able to fiscally sponsor projects bound for this year’s Burning Man event. When BRAF was founded, it was the art at Burning Man that set our standard for participatory, community-driven public art. With this high standard in mind, we established our grants and civic arts programs.

Now, with the recent changes to Burning Man’s organizational structure, BRAF is able to directly lend our support to on-playa art activities. We offered Fiscal Sponsorship to all honorarium art projects that were not fully funded by their honoraria, and thirteen projects signed up. Burning Man participants can now make tax deductible donations to these projects though BRAF. We hope that this creates new fundraising opportunities for these worthy projects.

Now you can receive a tax deduction for donating to these exemplary projects, including this year’s Temple. Browse a complete list of projects, and donate what you can to the projects that call to you. Help these artists realize their dreams of bringing their art to Burning Man!

Artist's rendering of the Temple of Grace

Artist David Best’s rendering of the Temple of Grace

Sunset Piano Opus 3: Next Events!

Mauro Ffortissimo’s inaugural Sunset Piano Opus 3 event was delightful! Thank you to Central Market Microhood and the Bold Italic for co-producing this first event!

The Sunset Piano Opus 3 project temporarily places pianos in public places, inviting both local musicians and the general public to play us all a tune. The results are a harmonious array of dramatic, playful, moving and lively melodies!

Don’t miss the next Sunset Opus 3 events:

Friday, June 13, 2014
5:00-8:00 pm
Happening as part of Central Market NOW #PhotoFriday
6th and Market
San Francisco, California

Thursday, June 19, 2014
4:00-8:00 pm

Happening concurrently with YBCA’s ConVerge event, featuring Paz de la Calzada’s Solstice Labyrinth Walk
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, California

ALSO on Thursday, June 19, 2014
Happening along side Side Walks and Neighbors Photography Exhibit Reception
SF Museum at the Mint
88 5th street
San Francisco, California

Saturday, June 21, 2014
12:00 – 5:00 pm

Music Day
Civic Center Bart Station
San Francisco, California

All events are free!

Read more about this wonderful new BRAF collaboration.

Read about the entire Sunset Piano project at and about the documentary film by Dean Mermell on the project at

Join a Facebook group and follow the entire project at

See a wonderful gallery of the previous projects at

A spontaneous piano player at a Sunset Piano Opus 3 event.

A spontaneous piano player at a Sunset Piano Opus 3 event.


Grantee Updates


2014 Grantee – Why Can’t the First Part of the Second Party be the Second Part of the First Party?

Only two days left to see this cool exhibition!

Studies in both psychology and engineering, artist Bernie Lubell’s large scale, whimsical wood machines challenge participants to become actors in a theater of their own imagining. Bernie Lubell’s new large-scale interactive wood installation monitors San Francisco’s Intersection for the Arts’ building systems. Adamantly low-tech, consisting of a complex system of gears, cranks, wheels, and pulleys that relies entirely on participant engagement to come to life, the piece offers an experience much more than purely visual – it also engages touch, hearing, movement, teamwork, and collaboration.

For more information about the artist, visit

Bring a friend and take part in this interactive experience!

Ongoing exhibition
April 9 – June 7, 2014
Gallery Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays, 12–6pm
925 Mission Street
San Francisco, California 94103

For more information about the exhibit, visit

A piece by 2014 Grantee, Bernie Lubell.

A previous piece by 2014 Grantee, Bernie Lubell.


2014 Grantee – Compression Sesquicentennial Peregrinations

Lovelock will be a happier place on June 20 thanks to BRAF and Nevada Burners, who will roll into town to create a “Compression Sesquicentennial Peregrination” with the Nevada State Firefighters Association (NSFA.) NSFA is holding their annual fire games (part of the association conference) while Controlled Burn of Reno and Compression participants create a community arts festival. Many Lovelockians have come forward to participate, volunteer, and activate! Bike decorating and rodeo, puppetry, fire arts, art cars and alternative performances offer enriching experiences to complement local expression.

On June 28, Compression volunteers will do the same for Fernley, where the Burning Man BIg Art for Small Towns project is also being built. Local and regional Compressionistas will be at Out-of-Town Park as part of the Fernley Multi-Cultural Festival.  There will be aerialists, fire arts, Fernley gunfighters, dancers, vendors.

The festivals are free and open to the public. Visit the Compression’s Facebook page for information, locations, times and updates.

To learn about Compression and what goes into creating the regional festivals, watch The Work of Art: Artown. The segment featuring Compression is 61 minutes in, but the documentary showcases much of Reno’s art and Burner scene (although not all are “confessed Burners”).

To get involved, contact Erika at erika  (erika   .

2014 Grantee, Compression.

2014 Grantee, Compression.

2014 Grantee – Towards the Green Surface

Congratulations to the 2014 Grantees, Towards the Green Surface who just celebrated their Opening day in Caracas!

Last May 18th 2014, Towards the Green Surface “Hacia el Plano Verde” opened the doors to a massive crowd of artists, creatives, families and art lovers. As the public entered the Centro de Artes Integradas and made their way up the hill from the parking lot, they were surrounded by art everywhere they looked! They were then welcomed by the high school students who offered hourly guided tours and explained the different events happening throughout the day. The activities started off with a presentation by the theater group, Grupo Bagazos, in honor of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, activating the bleachers by Carlos Cruz Diez (Inducción cromática doble frecuencia Jardines de la Colina Creativa, 1993), followed by performances by Carlos Salazar Lermont and Erika Ordos, and the creation of an interactive sculpture with Gregorio Siem Velarde. The art-filled day was finally closed with a hip-hop concert by artist Bosta’s Brain.

The exhibition will be on view at the gardens, hallways and transit spaces until December 2014 at:

Centro de Artes Integradas
Caracas, Venezuela
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm.

An activitiy at 2014 Grantee Towards the Green Surface

An activitiy at 2014 Grantee Towards the Green Surface

2014 Grantee – River of Wings

Check out the first test flight for River of Wings!

2014 Grantee – Hospitality House

We have a few announcements from the Community Arts Program:

Nature’s Way Art Exhibition
Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program (funded in part by the Black Rock Arts Foundation)

Nature has inspired art since the beginning of civilization. Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program artists exhibit their work inspired by nature at this group show running from May 23 – June 20th. You’re invited to a special Artist Reception!

Artist Reception
Friday, June 13, 2014
5:00-7:00 pm
The Community Arts Program
1009 Market Street at Sixth Street.
San Francisco, Calinfornia

In addition to the exhibition, enjoy our art market where you can meet artists working at the Community Arts Program and purchase fine art, crafts, and other items directly.

This event is free and open to the public, with 100% of the proceeds from the sale of art going directly to artists creating the work.

The Nature’s Way Artist Reception coincides with other neighborhood activities as part of Central Market NOW, a monthly art event in Central Market held on the second Friday of the month. Learn more at the project’s facebook page.

2014 Grantee Hospitality House's Nature's Way exhibition.

2014 Grantee Hospitality House’s Nature’s Way exhibition.

Run with Ronnie

Community artist in SF Marathon!

Ronnie Goodman is a self-taught homeless artist and runner living in San Francisco. On July 27th he will run the Second Half of The San Francisco Marathon to raise funds and awareness for Hospitality House and their ongoing efforts in the city. Hospitality House’s mission is to build community strength by advocating policies and rendering services which foster self-sufficiency and cultural enrichment to make the heart of San Francisco a better place for us all. One example of their mission in action is the Community Arts Program (CAP), which provides a free-of-charge art studio, art guidance and supplies to community artists in San Francisco who otherwise wouldn’t have the means to create art. CAP is funded in part by the Black Rock Arts Foundation.

Ronnie has been involved with the Community Arts Program for over ten years and will be creating an original piece of art to be raffled off in support of the Hospitality House and CAP. Our goal is to raise $25,000. With these important funds, Hospitality House could provide our community with peer-led programs, buy art supplies for hundreds of artists, and help improve the well being of San Francisco through many other services. For more information and to make a donation, visit here.

2012 Grantee – Jen Lewin’s The Pool

The Pool is now in Syndey, Australia, as part of the annual Vivid Festival. Millions are expected to visit this popular festival, and The Pool is just one of the many light-art highlights. Read more and see some beautiful photos (The Pool is the tenth image in the slideshow.)


2007 Grantee – Global Lives

Seeing Asia {Global Wednesday}: Free Happy Hour, Music and Panel Discussion
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
5:00-9:00 pm
Folsom Street Foundry
1425 Folsom Street
San Francisco, California 94103

How do we see Asia? Join Global Lives for an exploration of the ways in which film and media shape our understanding of Asia and Asian culture, both in the US and globally. A panel will be presented against the backdrop of a Global Lives Project 12-screen video installation featuring video of daily life in Kazakhstan, Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, South Korea, Vietnam, Nepal and Turkey. Complete the experience with pop-up Asian cuisine for dinner, cash bar and live music! Hosted by the Global Lives Project and the Asia Society Northern California Young Professional Group.

2007 Grantee Global Lives at Folsom Street Foundry

2007 Grantee Global Lives at Folsom Street Foundry

more info at


2010 Grantees – Soundwave

These grantees have gone on to produce amazing events every year. Join them for their sixth summer biennial event!

Soundwave ((6)) Biennial submerges Bay Area in Water

Tickets have just gone on sale for the largest, daring Bay Area sound-based art festival’s sixth summer biennial, featuring a 3 month eclectic program of performances, talks, exhibits, and immersive environments that inspire audiences with intimate and interactive experiences from across the sonic spectrum.

Water is this year’s theme exploring the mysteries of the sonic connections we share with what is arguably our most important and threatened natural resource: water. Through that prismatic lens, participating artists investigate provocative ideas about our ecologies and its affect on our lives, explore new and old narratives, and fully express water properties and phenomena.

Soundwave showers the audience with a mix of world premieres and festival-specific commissions ranging from otherworldly multi-media exhibition ‘Water World’ at Alter Space Gallery; floating concerts on the ‘AudioBoat’, a touring ferry boat along SF’s waterfront and The Bay Lights; modernist movements at the de Young Museum; aquatic performances and exhibits at SOMArts, Intersection for the Arts and the Center for New Music; outdoor experiential adventures at Ocean Beach, Battery Townsley in the Marin Headlands and Sausal Creek in Oakland; and a two-day indoor closing symposium in partnership with the California College of the Arts. Artist works and explorations include hydroprinting, flooded memories, water cymatics, ice instrumentations, aquaphobia folklore and bioluminescent phytoplankton.

Soundwave ((6)) Water Biennial
Thursday July 10 – Sunday September 28, 2014
Held at multiple locations, including: Cal Academy of Sciences, Intersection for the Arts, SOMArts, Alter Space, De Young Museum, 3 Fish Studios/Ocean Beach, Battery Townsley in the Headlands, The Exploratorium, Ferry boats, California College of the Arts and Sausal Creek in Oakland.

100 plus artists, 40 works and performances and 20 events.
9 free events. 11 ticketed events $9-45.

More info about festival, updates and tickets:

Soundwave ((6)) Water festival preview trailer:

Watch performances from previous Soundwave festivals: at


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