Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Meet our Grantees - EMERGENCE

EMERGENCE is having a Catalogue Launch Party tomorrow in New York. If you are out that way, check it out.

WED, OCT 29TH 2008
7PM to 9PM
Second Floor, 67 Clinton St,
New York (Rivington and Stanton) - Cash Bar

From the Playa to City Parks...BRAF Paves the Way

Passage by Dan Das Mann and Karen Cusolito Homouroboros by Peter Hudson
The Temple by David Best

Flock by Michael Christian

The biggest little city in the world, Reno, Nevada, has two Black Rock Arts Foundation projects right now. We have been blogging about the happenings at the The Mangrove, and now there is a photography exhibit of Burning Man/Black Rock Arts Foundation art on display at McKinley Art Gallery, West from October 23 – December 11.

The exhibition is funded by Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) and shows sculptures as they were displayed at Burning Man and then placed in civic environments as temporary public art. The photography captures the installations as they were experienced on the playa juxtaposed to their city locations.

Check it out if you have a chance:

McKinley Art Gallery, West
925 Riverside Drive
Reno, NV

October 23 - December 11, 2008

photos of photos Maria Partridge

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Black Rock Arts Foundation Booth @ San Francisco Decompression

We had a great time meeting some of you at San Francisco Decompression. We got to talk about our Grants to Artists Program, our upcoming ARTumnal Gathering, and whatever you wanted to know about the Black Rock Arts Foundation.

Thanks for coming by, it was good to see you!

Dr. Really, Jewel and Josie grace the BRAF Booth


photo affinity

Reno Decompression at the Mangrove

Our very own Maria Partridge manned the Mangrove/Black Rock Arts Foundation booth at Reno Decompression this weekend. It looks like even the little ones had a great time.

Spider Ball to Benefit the Black Rock Arts Foundation

Spider Ball is an annual fundraising Halloween extravaganza hosted in tandem by the Bently Reserve and Playa Love, a Burning Man camp dedicated to promoting local organizations and communities both on the playa and at home. The historic Bently Reserve in San Francisco hosts this Halloween celebration, mixing an underground approach of decadence with the elegance and style of this amazing venue to create a party that is all freak and funk. The proceeds from this year's Spider Ball will benefit BRAF and giveback.net. Europe's Freq Nasty headlines a new host of entertainment and freak show delights! October 31st. Click here to buy tickets.

Monday, October 13, 2008

ARTumnal Gathering: Tribes and Treasures

Join Us!
Join us in support of the Black Rock Arts Foundation's mission to inspire art, community and civic participation worldwide. Revel in the richness of human expression, generosity of spirit and camaraderie of artists and visionaries.

You are invited to our ARTumnal Gathering, an opulent gathering of tribes in celebration of our artistic treasures and vital community spirit! Partake in an evening of abundant visual delights, auditory pleasures, delectable fare, beguiling libations, and a cornucopia of spectacular people and performances.
November 22, 2008
The Bently Reserve
400 Sansome St.
San Francisco, CA 94111

Performances By
Clark Hamon (Deep End)
Majitope (Symbiosis/Lowpro)
Tamo (Angels of bAss)
Copper Lantern Fire Theater
Vau De Vire Society
Loyd Family Players
… and very special guest performers

For more information or to buy tickets:

artwork by Andrew Jones

Photos from the 2007 ARTumnal Gathering:

To see more photos:
photos Heather Gallagher (CameraGirl)

Thursday, October 09, 2008

San Francisco Decompression This Sunday

Visitors dropping by the Black Rock Arts Foundation booth at Decompression 2007

Come on by and say Hi, find out what we are up to, pick up a flyer for our fabulous 2nd Annual ARTumnal Gathering in November.

The 9th Annual SF Decompression HEAT THE STREET FaIRE!
October 12, 2008
Noon SHARP till 12am

Public Entrance: 19th Street & Minnesota Street, SF

$10 donation in Black Rock Couture/Costume; $20 in streetwear

All ages outdoors; kids under 12 absolutely free!

Age 21+ inside Cocomo (club closes 1:30am)

Outdoor sound ends at Mariposa Stage at 11pm; 10pm other outside areas
Food available, and sales help support the Black Rock Arts Foundation's public art and grants programs, so have a little bite to eat while you are there.
This just in...the Beignet booth will also be donating their proceeds to BRAF, so now you have an excuse to indulge even a little more!

Come at noon SHARP for a full twelve hours of art, performance, fire, dance, theme camps, circus arts, marching bands, DJs, Burning Man 2008 imagery, and more, more, MORE!!!

The entire street is mapped and it's looking EPIC!

This year, we're bringing our collective American Dream to the streets of SF and greening our operations with biodiesel and composting, in addition to recycling.

Help us Leave No Trace!

All six blocks, the park, and the stages will be PACKED with all the creative expression that is US! So, bring your dusty American Dream to share too!!!

Full event info, including confirmed participants and stage schedules are posted at: www.burningman.com/special_events

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

And even more - Music in the Mangrove

Sundays have brought Music to the Mangrove. On a beautiful Fall day, October 5, we had World Grooves by DJSource (of Ecstatic Dance Reno) Steve Bollinger played music from all over the world; Brazilian Jazz, African Drum Rhythms, Celtic Flute, happy Caribbean tunes, Indian Pop, Middle Eastern grooves, and more. The concert featured a huge variety of sounds from indigenous to modern, from acoustic to electric, pop, jazz, R&B, rock, native chants and songs and expressed the joy of music from every corner of the globe. Burners brought a level of high energy to the Mangrove with hula hooping, dancing and spinning. Reno participants joined in and/or enjoyed the performances!

Reported by Maria Partridge

Friday, October 03, 2008

EARTH - Elemental Interactions

"Off-Leash Art" a Film by Tomas McCabe Osha Neumann & Jason DeAntonis

Shawn, Josie, Kelly and Kevin. Kevin is gifting Kelly a new and improved compost bin from Europe. It allows the air to flow more freely.

"Earth" was a huge hit last week. Larry Harvery opened the evening by telling us how earth helped manifest some of the earliest art at Burning Man.

Andrew Johnstone told us about Burning Man Earth, where the development of the project is going and how participants at Burning Man are going to provide data to populate the project using a "wiki" approach. "A wiki is a page or collection of web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content..."


And then Kevin Drew and Shawn Rosenmoss from the San Francisco Department of the Environment told us about the state of recycling, what we could do to make a difference and where "waste" is going in the future. There were lots of questions from the audience and I know I learned a lot and am recommitting to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Then Osha Neumann spoke regarding the impact that being an attorney for the homeless and an artist using Albany landfill materials has made on his life. Then we saw the fabulous short film above from Osha, our very own interim managing director, Tomas McCabe and Jason DeAntonius.

It was an inspiring evening and we hope you will be able to join us next time.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

More - Music in the Mangrove

World Grooves by DJSource (of Ecstatic Dance Reno)
  • Sunday, October 5 from 2-5pm in the Mangrove

  • Mangrove park at Sierra St and the Truckee River, south of the river between Virginia and Sierra, next to Dreamers
Enjoy music from all over the world. Brazilian Jazz, African Drum Rhythms,Celtic Flute, happy Caribbean tunes, Indian Pop Middle Eastern grooves, etc. This concert will be a huge variety of sounds from indigenous tomodern, from acoustic to electric, pop, jazz, R&B, rock, native chants and songs, anything that expresses the joy of music of many different cultures from every corner of the globe.

Sit and listen to the tunes or move to the groove. Location is. This is atemporary park in an empty lot filled with Burning Man sculptures. This space is created by the efforts of the Black Rock Arts Foundation Civic Arts program.

Please come and enjoy with us.


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photo Maria Partridge