2013 Burning Man Arts Report

As we reflect on our accomplishments of the last year we can’t help but notice a theme: collaboration. This comes as no surprise – the Black Rock Arts Foundation (now Burning Man Arts) was founded upon the values shared by Burning Man culture, which prizes community engagement, open exchange of ideas and resources, synthesis of creative efforts and interactive experiences. Our 2013 projects reflect our evolution, demonstrating our ever-deepening commitment to creating work that reflect these core principles.

Learn about the Burning Man Arts-supported Black Rock City 2013 artwork in our Afterburn Report.

Most of all, our 2013 endeavors demonstrate your commitment to collaboration. Your support and participation are the essential components that we need to build fantastic art. Whether you’ve volunteered for us, attended one of our events or contributed funding towards one of our projects, your collaboration with BRAF yields great results.

Read on for a report of the great things your involvement has produced. We hope you’ll work with us again. Together we are creating great works that evolve and advance the potential of public art. Help us expand our horizons even further by making a tax-deductible year-end contribution, today!

The Black Rock Arts Foundation is a financially sound, effective organization that is managed using non-profit best practices. Over the past few years, BRAF has developed a diverse revenue stream, with almost 21% coming through fee-based program services.


Still, BRAF’s largest source of revenue is its diverse contributions portfolio, which is as diverse as the communities that we serve. The largest slice of the pie comes from individuals like you!


Over 70% of BRAFs expenses are program related, with most of our spending going directly to artists who are creating inspirational, interactive public art.


All three of our program areas help us further our mission of supporting and promoting community, interactive art and civic participation, all over the world and all year long!


Since 2005, BRAF has completed over 25 Civic Arts projects in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose, CA; Reno, NV; and Detroit, MI, all of which have met with immense enthusiasm and appreciation from local communities, and each of which has contributed to the advancement of community involvement, interactivity and quality in public artwork.

New works, such as The Bike Bridge, are created in collaboration with local community members, and are designed to express the unique character, heritage, and interests of their local culture.

Our goal is to sustain the momentum of building support, growth, and collaboration we’ve enjoyed, and to build lasting partnerships in communities. We seek to replicate our successful models of programming in other areas of the country, and to set a standard of community collaboration in public art.

BRAF’s work and the power of Burning Man art and community outside of the playa was the subject of a recent piece on the PBS newshour: