Global Art Grants

The Black Rock Arts Foundation and Burning Man’s Art Department have come together to form Burning Man Arts (For more information, see this FAQ). As part of that transition, the Black Rock Arts Foundation’s Grants to Artists Program has become the Burning Man Global Art Grants program.

Grantee "The Music Box" by the New Orleans Airlift featuring Swoon, 2010. (Photo by Tod Seelie)
Grantee “The Music Box” by the New Orleans Airlift featuring Swoon, 2010. (Photo by Tod Seelie)

About The Grant

This program funds highly interactive, community-driven works of art that prioritize community involvement in their development, execution and display. 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 – art that is touched, heard or experienced as well as viewed. We prioritize funding art that involves the audience in its conception, creation and presentation. If this sounds like your project, apply for a grant!

How to Apply

The online form to submit Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) for the 2016 grant cycle is currently open. LOIs are due on December 1st, 2015. If you are interested in applying, please read more about the application process and our criteria on the criteria page. An example of the questions asked on our LOI form is available to help applicants prepare.

Is Art Destined for Black Rock City Eligible for These Grants?

This program does not fund art headed to the Burning Man event in Black Rock City. If your art is intended for the playa, please check out the Black Rock City Honoraria program.

While the interactive, community-focused art at Burning Man was the original inspiration for this Global Art Grants program, many of our grantees have had no connection with the extended Burning Man network or community before applying. Some, however, do connect to the Burning Man Regional Network, using the existing collaborations and established organizations to usher new artwork into their communities.