Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Artumnal Gathering is Coming!

Saturday, November 20, 2010
The Bently Reserve
400 Sansome St.San Francisco, CA 94111

The Black Rock Arts Foundation's annual celebration of the vital spirit and extraordinary artists that enrich us all.

Feast of Imagination Dinner 6:00 pm
Artumnal Celebration 9:30 pm

You are invited to the magnificent Bently Reserve for BRAF’s fourth annual Artumnal Gathering, an exquisite evening of tempting libations, bountiful fare, engaging art, and lavish attire. You'll enjoy three elegant rooms, each overflowing with art and offering a stunning array of featured live performances including soaring aerial artistry, and music and DJ's to dance the night away.

Come revel in the abundance of our community’s creative spirit, celebrate Black Rock Arts Foundation’s artists and projects, and support the proliferation of even more community art projects around the world in 2011!

A limited number of $35 online first tier tickets go on sale September 24th. Second tier tickets are $45 dollars. Join us for our pre-event dinner featuring delightful fare, cocktails, and both live and silent auctions. Last year's event sold out! Get your tickets today!

Artumnal Ticket Packages:

The Artumnal Celebration
$35 online presale 1st tier;
$45 thereafter and at the door
9:30 pm - Late

Includes an evening of featured and roaming performances, DJs, dancing, raffle, silent auction, photography sale and surprises.

Feast of Imagination
$250 advance purchase only
6:00 pm - Late
Includes an individual seat for a sumptuous dinner, auction, performances, signature drinks, wine, dessert and entry to the Artumnal Celebration.

Table of Plenty: A Table for 8 at Feast of Imagination

$3000 advance purchase only
6:00 pm - Late
Includes a reserved table for eight guests for the Feast of Imagination dinner.

Table of Abundance: A Table for 8 at Feast of Imagination, with premium placement
$5000 advance purchase only
6:00 pm - Late
Includes a reserved table for eight guests for the Feast of Imagination, with premium seating placement in the banquet hall, premium wine selection with personal sommelier, champagne toast and treats.


Artwork by R. Black

Friday, September 24, 2010

BRAF is Honored

Tomas McCabe, our Executive Director, accepting the Certificate of Honor from the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco

The Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco presented the Black Rock Arts Foundation with a Certificate of Honor in appreciation and public recognition of distinction and merit for outstanding service to a significant portion of the people of the city and county of San Francisco.

The Black Rock Arts Foundation received this award for the promotion of interactive public art in open spaces, for the creative inspiration that our works bring in our communities and neighborhoods, and our education of young people of the expressive capacities and meaningfulness of public art, and our advocacy of sustainable and responsible living through art.

This is what Commissioner Chiu had to say to the Black Rock Arts Foundation while presenting a Certificate of Honor to our Executive Director, Tomas McCabe; President of the Board, Freddy Hahne; Secretary of the Board, Alix Rosenthal; Vice President of the Board, Rae Richman; and one of the artists of the wonderful installation the Raygun Gothic Rocketship at Pier 14 on the Embarcadero.

The Black Rock Arts Foundation was the organization behind bringing this great project to our spaces. They have been pioneering a very exciting new model for public art in which they partner with neighborhoods and communities and city governments to temporarily place city art projects. This has facilitated collaboration. Since the first installation that they assisted with several years ago, we have now had several major installations in various major public spaces throughout the city, which have been extremely well received from every neighborhood that they have been in.

From my perspective and I think many of my colleagues share this perspective, we need to do everything we can to help our city really grow the artistic community and our city's artistic economy. We need to promote best core values of activity, community, and activism. I want to thank those of you with the Foundation and the community for all you have been doing both for San Francisco, for the world and for our wonderful public spaces in our city. Thank you.

Tomas McCabe, as the Executive Director for The Black Rock Arts Foundation then thanks the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco for this Certificate of Honor.

It is a real privilege to be able to serve the community with the Black Rock Arts Foundation' s work. This is where our roots are, and this is where a lot of our activity happens. Although we are expanding worldwide, the Burning Man organization is world renowned, and a lot of people do not understand or realize that the Black Rock Arts Foundation supports artists all year round, and we have a big presence in San Francisco. Have you all see the rocket ship down at Pier 14?  I highly recommend you go check it out. It is this beautiful retro futuristic looking rocket ship from the 1920' s or 1930’s, and Flash Gordon comes to mind.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Raygun Gothic Rocketship

Raygun Gothic Rocketship
Originally uploaded by sftrajan
Just to keep you up to date on the photos of the Raygun Gothic Rocketship out there here is my current favorite!

Thanks sfrajan for the great photo!

Friday, September 03, 2010

Party on the Playa!

It was quite a party, and if you were not there we missed you!
Tomas, our Executive Director said a few words to welcome us!
Audrey and Not That Dave of FIGMENT, one of BRAF's grantees
Josie, BRAF could not do it without you, Program and Development Assistant

Oliva and Mike, BRAF Web Team
The ExplOratorium visits BRAF!! Thanks for stopping by!
Maria and Crimson make Reno Happen!

Loren, Will, Mark and Rachel, BRAF Advisory Board and Board Members
Michael and Olaf, two Germans who donated to BRAF when they bought their Burning Man ticket and stopped by to see what it was all about. WOW! Thanks for coming so far!
Freddy and Alix, more representation from the BRAF Board
Jessica and Tucker of the PDX Bridge Festival, BRAF grantees
Jeremy, Leslie and Steve of the Crucible Board stopped by!
Yep, that is me, Affinity, your BRAF blogger
Lloyd of Bliss Dance and the Celtic Forest Crew with Maria
James a newbie and Melissa of the BRAF Advisory Board are having fun
David, one of the creators of the Raygun Gothic Rocketship, our most recent Civic Arts Project
Nick and Dr. Deb of the BRAF Board and Advisory Board
David Best, BRAF Board Member and Melissa, BRAF Advisory Board Member
Chris Bently, BRAF Board

photos: affinity