Black Rock Arts Foundation Newsletter – November 2014

In this issue:

  • The Artumnal Gathering: Main Event tickets still available!
  • Save the Date for the next Illumnate the Arts Art Walk: December 6.
  • Attention Artists! Grant Applications are now live and due December 1!
  • Artist Update
    • Matthew Passmore of Rebar
    • Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir


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.

Dinner Tickets are sold out, but don’t miss the fun! Join us for the Main Event!

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. Raise a glass with us as we toast to the future!

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.


Save the Date! The next IllumnArts Walk is December 6

Embrace the power of light this winter and join us and San Francisco Travel’s Illuminate the Arts in celebrating 15 luminous public artworks by internationally renowned light artists including Jim Campbell, Ned Kahn, James Turrell and Leo Villareal. The first of this season’s art walks will be on the evening of December 6. Stay tuned for more details! We’ll keep you posted about these delightful, casual events!

The IlluminArts Walk, December 5, 2013. Photo courtesy of George Post.

The IlluminArts Walk, December 5, 2013. Photo courtesy of George Post.


Apply for a Grant!

Last reminder! Artists and Community Instigators, don’t miss your chance to apply for a grant for your off-playa project! Apply for a grant through the Burning Man Grants for Art (formerly the BRAF Grants to Artists program) grant program by December 1, 2014.

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 is 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.


Grantees Updates


2007 Grantee – Matthew Passmore

Matthew Passmore, a BRAF grantee and founder of both REBAR and Morelab, recently presented a TEDx talk in Vienna, Austria. The event, called “CITYx” focused on various contemporary approaches to art making and engagement with the city. Passmore’s talk, entitled The Medium is the Metropolis, focused on exploring the city as an artistic medium. Featured prominently in his talk was “PARK(ing) Day,” an annual global art event that received a BRAF grant in 2007.

2004 Grantee – Reverend Billy

Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir

The irrepressible Reverend Billy writes in:

“It is the worst of times and not quite the worst times because we are mindful that things will definitely get worse. The man in charge of the environment in the US Senate doesn’t believe in climate change. Six trillion pounds of CO2 spew into the atmosphere each week, as the shopping season revs up. Oh! We have reason to sing, and reason to shout. We’ll do it with joy when we can.

We return to our home stage, Joe’s Pub at the Public, on November 23, Sunday, at 2:00 p.m. in New York City. Get your tickets now! We’ll be there every Sunday until Christmas.

On November 25, we begin our bus journey to the world headquarters of Monsanto for a resplendent Organic Thanksgiving Dinner. Can you join us in spirit? In body? Take the pledge and make your family meal a part of this event.

Monsanto is in Creve Coeur (Broken Heart), Missouri, which is next door to Ferguson. On Black Friday, we visit young activists there and take them whatever we raise at our Standing with Ferguson benefit here in New York City (special appearance by Joan Baez!

It is hard to imagine a worst time, children, but we will sing to the end! …to the beginning! Earthalujah!”

Oh, and welcome to our NEW WEBSITE.

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