Black Rock Arts Foundation – Newsletter – October 2014

In this issue:

  • The Artumnal Gathering: Tickets on Sale now and going fast!
  • Attention Artists! Grant Applications are now live and due December 1!
  • BRAF Executive Director at Yerba Buena Open City/Art City
  • Grantee Updates
    • Burning Baskets
    • 24 Sound Cylinders
    • Hospitality House
    • The Pool

The Artumnal Gathering

Don’t miss this greatly anticipated annual gathering and fundraising event! Enjoy fine fare, tempting libations, special treats, sweet surprises, captivating performances, original artwork, and live and silent auctions featuring one of a kind experiences and items.

Tickets are going fast! Our dinner event always sells out, so buy yours soon. Visit to purchase tickets.

The Artumnal Gathering
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Dinner at 6:00 p.m., Main Event at 9:45 p.m.
Bently Reserve
400 Sansome St.
San Francisco, CA 94111

This is a very special Artumnal Gathering! This year, we’ll be celebrating the formation of Burning Man Arts, the new program that encompasses Burning Man’s on-playa art department and BRAF’s off-playa endeavors. Please join us for this momentous occasion!

Photos from past Artumnal Gathering events, courtesy of Randal Alan Smith, George Post, and Marco Sanchez.

Photos from past Artumnal Gathering events, courtesy of Randal Alan Smith and George Post.


Apply for a Grant!

Burning Man Grants for Art (formerly the BRAF Grants to Artists program) 2015 grant cycle is underway!  The online form for submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI) is now live. Tell us about your fantastic idea for a community-driven, interactive art project!

We fund projects that incorporate community involvement and exist for public benefit. If you’re hatching an idea for a project that brings people together, prompts interaction, and reaches beyond traditional experiences of public art, we’d love to hear about it!

Does this sound like your artwork? Apply for a grant!

Read about our grants program at or visit the grant criteria page to apply.

The LOI will be due on December 1, 2014. Selected projects will be invited to submit a full proposal that will be due in February 2015.

Bring your artwork into the world!

2009 Grantee Cardboardia sends BRAF a "Thank You" card.

2009 Grantee Cardboardia sends BRAF a “Thank You” card.


BRAF Executive Director at Yerba Buena Open City/Art City

Catch BRAF Executive Director Tomas McCabe this week at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ Open City/Art City Art and Ideas Festival. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) and The Institute for the Future (IFTF) are partnering to engage the public in a creative and generative weekend of activities that look at how art and artists can transform a city.

Open City/Art City invites the Bay Area community to imagine how we can build a city that is more open, creative, and inclusive. The event explores this question through a vibrant blend of art installations, speakers, participatory activities, performances, music, food, and play.

Open City/Art City Festival
October 4, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

701 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94113

Tomas McCabe will be speaking at 3:30 p.m., at the Urban Artistic Interventions panel in the Screening Room. The panel will be moderated by 2007 BRAF Grantee David Evan Harris and will include SF Art Commissioners JD Beltran and Dorka Keehn.  The panel addresses the questions: How can artistic interventions reshape our urban landscapes and the communities that inhabit them? Is it enough for public art to bring beauty to our cities and lives, or do artists have a responsibility to move beyond aesthetic concerns when working in the public sphere? How will these questions and others affect the evolution of the unique canvas of public space in the coming decades?

The Open City/Art City festival provides a unique opportunity for visitors to interact and connect with some of the most progressive leaders in the Bay Area who are on the forefront of socially engaged enterprises in the fields of art, public sector, and technology.

For the complete program schedule, visit

Grantee Updates


2007 Grantee – Burning Baskets

Mavis has continued to make beautiful spaces for a good seed to GROW as it was basket-burning time again on Kachemak Bay in Homer, Alaska. The 11th annual community interactive, impermanent art experience took place on September 14, 2014. Each year, under Mavis’s direction, participants spend one week building a giant intricately woven “basket of remembrance & unburdening.” The recent sculpture was themed GROW and utilized natural materials gathered from the local countryside. The sculpture is given as a gift to the community and all are invited to decorate it with flowers, art, words to inspire, and personal sentiments are tucked inside. At sundown, GROW met its fiery conclusion and was transposed by smoke and transported by flames, with the messages & burdens dispersed by sparks into the night sky.

2007 Grantee Burning Basket's 29th project "Grow."

2007 Grantee Burning Basket’s 29th project “Grow.”

This is the 29th enactment in the Burning Basket series. Wow! Others have appeared in California, Oregon, Hawaii (Maui, Big Island, Molokai), the New Mex/Mexico border, the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana, and Spain. Mavis was a lead artist for the CORE burn with the Source Maui team at Burning Man in 2013. She is a recipient of a 2014 Artist Fellowship Award of $18,000 from the esteemed Rasmuson Foundation of Alaska. Mavis is a 2007 grantee of BRAF for her Burning Baskets Project.

2007 Grantee Burning Basket's 29th project "Grow."

2007 Grantee Burning Basket’s 29th project “Grow.”

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2014 Grantee – 24 Sound Cylinders

The sound installation 24 Sound Cylinders, by Maja Kalogera, was exhibited at Land Without Borders 2014 in Osijek, Croatia from 25 to 30 August 2014.

In Drvengrad Park, the exhibition was launched with a ceremonious opening of an imaginary door to the Land Without Borders with a sound of a gong. This unique event hosted over a thousand children, and invited Osijek community members of all ages to re-live their childhood dreams. Sound cylinders played their musical tones for the over three thousand participants who visited the festival.

2014 Grantee 24 Sound Cylinders.

2014 Grantee 24 Sound Cylinders.

More in pictures can be seen here, beginning at the bottom of page, as the project started:


2014 Grantee – Hospitality House Community Arts Program

Hospitality House invites you to join them for their annual celebration of urban and community art at Art for the House presented by Yammer! Their unique silent auction features affordable urban/outsider and contemporary works created by local artists, including artists working at Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program.

Art for the House is free and open to the public! Proceeds benefit Hospitality House, the Coalition on Homelessness, and individual artists contributing work. For more information visit or call 415.749.2184.

Art for the House presented by Yammer!
Thursday, October 16, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (silent auction closes at 8:00 p.m.)
Arc Gallery
1246 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

hospitatlity house



2012 Grantee — The Pool

The indefatigable Jen Lewin continues her global travels. Only a few days after the wildly successful showing of The Super Pool at Burning man this September, The Pool shipped immediately to Lisbon, Portugal where it will be installed at the Columbo Mall.

The Super Pool
September 12, 2014 – November 12, 2014
Columbo Mall
Avenida Lusíada
1500-392 Lisbon
21 711 3600

More details at

The Pool will also be installed at the Signal Festival in Prague in mid-October. Wow!

The Super Pool at Burning Man 2014. Photo by Duncan Rawlinson, CC BY-NC 2.0.

The Super Pool at Burning Man 2014. Photo by Duncan Rawlinson, CC BY-NC 2.0.


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