Monday, September 28, 2009

Celebrate Global Lives

One of our 2008 Grant Recipients is about to have a residency at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts!

Please join board members and friends of Global Lives Project for a brunch and fundraiser in honor of Global Lives Project's upcoming residency at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Sunday October 4th, 2009
11am to 2pm

At the home of Tony Maridakis and Paul Ryder
65 Noe Street, San Francisco, California, 94114

brunch, live music, and film from Japan, Brazil, Indonesia, China,India, San Francisco, Serbia, & Malawi.

Balinese traditional music on suling (bamboo flute) performed by Ken Worthy of Gamelan Kori Mas

Please RSVP by October 1st to 415.845.9396 or

Can't make it but want to contribute?


Saturday, September 19, 2009

The ARTumnal Gathering - Tickets On Sale Now!

Tickets On Sale Now!

The Black Rock Arts Foundation presents our third annual fundraising event, The ARTumnal Gathering

Friday, November 20, 2009
The Bently Reserve,
400 Sansome St.
San Francisco, CA 94111

The Black Rock Arts Foundation invites you to the grandest annual celebration of our community's vital spirit and extraordinary artists. Once again, we gather in the majestic Bently Reserve to revel in support of BRAF's mission to inspire art, community and civic participation worldwide.

Enter into an enchanted world of abundant art, captivating entertainment and tempting libations. Participate in interactive art experiences created by communiy visionaries. Be the art!

Artwork by Cory and Catska Ench

Performances by
Andrew Jones (visuals and performance)
Brainchild (interactive video)
DJ Gravity with Krystal Jones (Pink Mammoth)
Dr. Abacus
Fou Fou HA!
Icon (Opulent Temple)
Kerri Kresinski (aerial)
Loyd Family Players
Mace (Brass Tax)
Mancub (Space Cowboys)
Miss Velvet Cream (fashions)
Interactive Art Experiences curated by Alchemy (False Profit)

...and many other special performers to be announced!

ARTumnal Celebration
$35 Online presale
9:00 pm - 3:00 am
Includes an evening of featured and roaming performances, DJs, dancing, raffle, photography sale and surprises.

$35 presale online, $45 at the door.

Feast of Imagination
6:00 pm - 3:00 am $200
Includes an individual seat for a sumptuous dinner, auction, performances, absinthe tasting, wine, dessert, presentations from BRAF artists and entry to the Artumnal Celebration.

Feast of Imagination - Reserved Table for Eight
6:00 pm - 3:00 am
Includes a reserved table for eight for the Feast of Imagination.


The ARTumnal Gathering, 2008 Photo by Nick Winterhalter

Friday, September 18, 2009

Live Debris - Portland Oregon

One of our 2009 Grants-to-Artists recipients, Live Debris is hosting an event on Portland's Eastbank Esplanade on September 19th...

What: Live Debris presents installations and interventions about garbage and social inclusion, from Rio de Janeiro and Portland, Oregon.

When: September 19-26, 2009.
All day opening event on September 19th, works on display until September 26th.
Installations will start to be built on September 17th

Where: Between Burnside and Hawthorne along Portland’s Eastbank Esplanade.

Live Debris 2009 is a series of international events sharing reuse traditions as a means of reducing stigmas around garbage, poverty and street culture. Live Debris has taken place in Beirut, Lebanon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and now Portland, Oregon. Exchanging and comparing world perspectives on garbage and the people who work closely with it, Live Debris explores ways that collaborative reuse can affect how we see garbage and each other. This event is organized by Taylor Cass Stevenson of red semilla roja, with help from Portland City Art, the Black Rock Arts Foundation, Outside In, Chinook Book and Oregon Electric Group.

Opening Schedule- September 19, 2009: 9am
Free Breakfast. Bring a mug if you want coffee 12-1pm
Trashtastic garbage-related performances 1-2pm
Trash Mash-Up Parade All Day (10am-5pm):
Clothing Exchange- bring used clothes
Sewing Station - transforming old t-shirts into bags, bring t-shirts
Garbage Weaving -bring clean trash
Public Paste-Up wall- make a contribution with paper
Public Crafting Party - bring a craft project

Taylor Cass Stevenson

(503) 888-6175

Local artists involved: Anitra Cameron, Basurama and Noaz (Spain), Caveman, Cheryl Lohrmann, Chris Haberman, Christine Claringbold, Dana Fenwick, Daniel Dancer, Heather Schmidt, Jason Brown, John Graeter, Josh Seaman, Katherine Ball, Klutch, Leah Bobel, P:ear youth, Rebecca Pearcy, Ruth Waddy, Ryan Birkland, Ryan Burns, Taylor Cass Stevenson, Tim Combs and Vicky Dekney

Monday, September 14, 2009

Cardboardia Thanks BRAF

Pahvistan - 5.1 materialization of Cardboardia in Helsinki, on Kasarmitori square on 19-23 August 2009 during Helsinki Festival.

photo from kartonija's blog on Live Journal

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Cocktails with BRAF - Burning Man 2009

Rae Richman, Secretary, BRAF Board of Directors, Linda Gass, Maria Partridge and Melissa Alexander, all BRAF Advisory Board Members

Alix Rosenthal, BRAF Board of Directors and Larry Harvey, Chairman of the BRAF Board

Rae Richman and Reverend Billy Talen

Steve Young, President, Crucible Board of Directors, Dr. Dennis Bartels, Executive Director, the ExplOratorium, Tomas McCabe, Executive Director, Black Rock Arts Foundation

Joe Olivier, BRAF Board of Directors, Freddy Hahne, President, BRAF Board of Directors

Harley Dubois, Vice President, BRAF Board of Directors, Loren Carpenter, BRAF Advisory Board

Jewel, BRAF Volunteer and Affinity, BRAF Advisory Board Member

JennyBird, artist and Gabrielle, Glass Artist

Dana Harrison, BRAF Advisory Board Member and Executive Producer,
Artists and Black Rock Arts Foundation supporters got together for a few drinks and snacks at Burning Man on Thursday. It is always great to meet the people who are creating and instigating art, and this was no exception.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009


Rachel Carpenter, BRAF Board of Directors Member, with her fabulous Paella
Vicki and T.R, BRAF volunteers
Rod, BRAF volunteer and Tomas McCabe, BRAF Executive Director
MonkeyBoy, BRAF Volunteer, Rae Richman, BRAF Board of Directors Secretary and Jared BRAF volunteer
Affinity, your BRAF blogger and MonkeyBoy, your blogger editor
Jewel, BRAF volunteer, and Josie Schimke, BRAF Program and Development Assistant
Freddy, President BRAF Board of Directors and Josie Schimke, BRAF Program and Development Assistant
Ellen, BRAF volunteer and Tomas McCabe, BRAF Executive Director

Last night, Freddy Hahne, President of the Black Rock Arts Foundation Board of Directors, and Rachel Carpenter, BRAF Board Member hosted the BRAF volunteers with a feast at their camp at Burning Man, the Mind Shaft Society. It was a great time, Freddy acknowledged the volunteers, we ate the fabulous paella Rachel and her crew made, drank a few toasts and then went off to enjoy Burning Man's sights and sounds.

Thanks for thanking us! KUDOS to our volunteers, each of you make a difference, and a special shout out to the BRAF Board Members and BRAF Advisory Board and of course we could not do it without Tomas McCabe, BRAF Executive Director and Josie Schimke, Program and Development Assistant for all they do year round!

So now that you see how much fun the volunteers are having we would love to have you join us. The Black Rock Arts Foundation supports and promotes community-based interactive art and civic participation year round.

More information about volunteering here: