Sunday, January 30, 2011

Ecstasy - a sculpture @ Patricia Green

Love this! Thank You!

Community Art Makers

This is one of the scenic backdrops they built that was used at Art Outside. I just love it!

"Community Art Makers" was one of the Black Rock Arts Foundation's 2010 grant recipients. They are Austin, Texas based community leaders offering work and meeting space, guidance and assistance to artists endeavoring to engage their community.

Former notable projects have included recently showcasing the 32 foot tall fire tornado from the BRC 'Fire of Fires' Temple for a public audience of thousands, and the first public burn night on NYE, 2009 of the Resolution Clock in the center of Austin, Texas for 100,000 people.
BRAF's infrastructure investment will allow the Community Art Makers to build upon current resources and offer more structured resources and work space for artists. Their upcoming projects are focused on artist empowerment and community building. Some of these projects for 2010 include partnerships with the City of Austin Library, Parks and Art in Public Places Departments, 'Art Outside' and 'First Night' pieces that showcase interactivity to a public audience and hands on classes and training for trained and aspiring artists.
This is what their most recent blog post had to say:

Thanks to the continued generosity of the Black Rock Arts Foundation , we have nearly completed a 400 SF studio space renovation at our North Austin Compound. This weekend we should be finished renovating our very own glass studio! Our space will be equipped with tools for creating stained glass, fusing and also slumping glass. Need some space to create? Want to learn? Drop us a line and get involved!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Reflections of time

Reflections of time
Originally uploaded by #2 Son/John
Another view of the Raygun Gothic Rocketship we have not seen. What a fabulous shot. Thank you.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Capturing the Raygun Gothic Rocketship

Our very own Josie Schimke, Program Development Associate at the Black Rock Arts Foundation was biking by the Raygun Gothic Rocketship, as she does most days on the way to work, and she came upon an artist painting the Rocketship. She stopped and chatted and took this photo. The Rocketship continues to show up in new and fun ways on the Embarcadero in San Francisco.

Prior posts about the Raygun Gothic Rocketship

Monday, January 10, 2011

Detroit Dream Project

Originally uploaded by quidquid
Some new photos of the Detroit Dream Project, one of our 2007 Civic Arts installations.

Thanks for the great photo and giving us a peek at how the project looks today!

To read more about the temple:
Prior blog posts

Crazy rides rockets

Crazy rides rockets
Originally uploaded by Brandon Doran
I continue to be amazed that the Raygun Gothic Rocketship can be photographed in such a variety of ways. Thanks to Brandon Doran for this one.

Happy New Year!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Burning Man and BRAF Art Grant Workshop and Art Lounge

You must RSVP if you wish to attend. Email to:

Attention Artists:

You've asked, and we've listened! This year we are hosting our first art grants workshop. Come hear from those involved in both BRAF's and Burning Man's grant processes about what is needed to create a successful grant proposal. You'll be given a chance to ask questions about the mandatory grant forms – why we ask certain questions, what information we are looking for and more. If you can't make it to the event, don't worry! Send in your question by Wednesday, January 12th and it will be answered during the workshop. The workshop will be recorded, and a video posted on the Burning Man website shortly after the event.

After the workshop, please join us for the Art Lounge. This event is a social mixer for the artists and volunteers who created work for Burning Man and BRAF last year and/or are planning art projects this coming year. Your creative spirit gives so much to the world. We want to thank you for your inventiveness and resourcefulness. We hope this will be an opportunity to meet one another and spark increased creative cross-pollination and collaboration.

We invite our community's artists to join the BRAF and Burning Man staff, members of the Burning Man Art Department, and ARTery volunteers for a little reception – our yearly, intimate gathering in appreciation of the visionaries among us!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Mission Rock Cafe
817 Terry Francois Blvd San Francisco, CA

Grant Workshop 5:30 to 7 pm
Art Lounge 7 pm to 9 pm

At approximately 7:30pm there will be brief introductions and a short talk about this years Burning Man theme: "Rites of Passage."

To attend, please RSVP to

It's an intimate space, and we need an exact number to plan for. This is not the place to review specific art grant proposals with Burning Man or BRAF staff, though staff will be on hand who can answer basic questions regarding the process. Remember, the deadline to submit art grant proposals for BRAF is January 15th and for Burning Man this year is February 1st.

Hope to see you there!

Online Grant Applications due January 15th, 2011 at 5:00 pm, PST

Our online application for BRAF's 2011 Grants is now live and will close on Saturday (yes, Saturday!) January 15, 2011, at 5:00 pm, sharp!

About our grants:

We fund highly interactive, community-driven works of art. We fund art that is accessible to the public, civic in scope and prompts the viewer to act. We like art that can be experienced in more ways than visually. We are fans of art that is meant to be touched, heard or experienced, as well as viewed. We prioritize funding art that involves the audience in its creation and presentation. Does this sound like your artwork?

Apply for a grant in 2011!

For more about our criteria, and for our online application, visit: Black Rock Arts Foundation Grants

We look forward to reading about your project!

Friday, January 07, 2011

Leo Villareal at the San Jose Museum of Art

People and Art #129
Originally uploaded by andertho
This is the last weekend of the Leo Villareal show at the San Jose Museum of Art. We will be there, Will You?