JRS Volume #6; Issue #12



Okay folks, you’ve all heard about the Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF), the arts organization that Larry Harvey, Harley K. DuBois, Crimson Rose, Will Roger, Mark VanProuyen and Doug Holloway launched last May, right? Though it’s been a difficult year for non-profit fundraising, BRAF’s done okay. It’s not currently possible to fund a part-time Executive Director’s position, but we will be announcing art grants for 2002 at an awards reception in April. After that point the Foundation will have identified and/or distributed $29,000 in art grants since the inception of the Foundation in May of 2001. Some of this money was specifically ear-marked for fire arts.

The “Art Grant Awards Ceremony and Reception” is still looking for some in-kind donations, volunteer help, and any other sort of contribution for this upcoming special event. There will be a raffle, and items will range as far and wide as we can get donations. I’m personally hopeful of holding a silent auction for some special items, but that leaves to be seen. (hey, i’m always open to hear about your personal experiences doing this kind of thing, and if you have something that might fit into the raffle or auction, let us know!!)

The Black Rock Arts Foundation’s mission statement creates a reach beyond just interactive art at Burning Man, but extends into communities creating interactive art around the world. For more information about BRAF, visit the web site: http://www.blackrockarts.org or come to the event on April 6th.


The 411 on this event:

BRAF Award Ceremony and Cocktail Party – April 6th, 8-11 pm. SOMARTS Brannan St. between 8th and 9th, San Francisco

The Black Rock Arts Foundation is holding its first-ever Art Grant Award Ceremony and Cocktail Party from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM at SOMARTS. (Admission $15.00. Expect local celebrity bar tending and food service, a WONDERFUL raffle and ceremony to award the Foundation’s first grant recipients. Cocktail wear encouraged!) Many thanks to all of you who’ve been stepping forward and volunteering and contributing financial support to this growing Foundation.

What we need to make it happen…..

The Black Rock Arts Foundation Launch Event needs you!…..

We are seeking in-kind donations and volunteer help for this exciting event: a cocktail party to introduce the new Black Rock Arts Foundation. All in-kind donations are tax deductible for which you will receive a letter that serves as a receipt and verifies our non- profit status for tax deduction purposes. All companies will be listed in the program guide.

If you or your company is interested in making a donation or volunteering, please respond to the corresponding email address at the end of each description.

Thank you.


Raffle Items:
We’re looking for donations of goods or services or art that would be appropriate for raffling off or silent auctioning the night of the event. donations(at)blackrockarts(dot)org

Joy is searching our in-house resources for friends–and friends of friends–who are interested in *donating catered food trays.*

We are all-inclusive: all catering businesses and persons willing to donate themselves, such as some of our divine sushi makers, will be met with open arms. All food trays will be served with the name of the company or caterer who made the appetizers.

We are also seeking the *raw ingredients* for making appetizers. These items include but are not limited to:

shrimp & cocktail sauce
rice, seaweed, sushi fixings
antipasta makings
veggies for platters
eggs (devilling)
mushrroms for stuffing, stuffing stuff
proscuitto & melon
fancy olives
Fresh picked herbs
Rosemary with the purple blossoms

fancy deli meat
Antipasti platters
Cherry Tomatos
Hummis (Homemade!!!!)
Pita Bread

General In-Kind Donations:
Fancy Napkins
Small Plates
Large bolt of white fabric

Soda water

Sound systems (looking for the loan of self powered monitors)


If you can volunteer for any of the following duties, please email volunteers(at)blackrockarts(dot)org and put the job title in the subject header of your email.

Food Preparation
Food Service/Waiters
Bathroom Attendants (men & women needed)
Bar Backs
Clean Up
General Tech Help
Sound Setup
Bike Rodeo & More – Setup, takedown and running the rides
Environment Manager/Decor

Regular BRAF Operation Volunteer Needs Database Assistant, 5 -8 hours/week. Handles database entries and arrangement, prepares contacts nformation for direct mailings, some follow-up telephone and email. General database managemenrt tasks including duplication resolution.

Web Team Leader, 2 -3 hours per hour during slow times, 4-5 hours during peak. This individual will need to plan, organize and manage the development and management of the Foundation’s web site as well as the Web Team volunteers.

Web Team, various volunteers, each postion average 15 hours per month. Manage & update organization’s web site according to directions given by Web Team Leader.

Email List & Alias Guru/Manager, 1 a week. Someone to set up list serves and aliases.

REMINDER to the folks in NYC

BRAF and SEAL are co-sponsors of a lecture by Larry Harvey at Cooper Union in NYC. Both organizations will benefit from the lecture and other activities planned for that week. More info about the non-profit Society for Experimental Art and Learning (started by Burners dedicated to community outreach in NYC) visit http://www.sealspace.org

The lecture will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2002. More details to come.

Thanks folks….Hope to see you at the BRAF Art Grant Awards Ceremony! The more fundraising we can do for the BRAF the more we’ll be able to support interactive and community based art in communities all OVER the place! This art foundation has the opportunity to reach far beyond what the Burning Man event and Black Rock City can do alone.


meow meow.

Maid Marian

>^..^< >^..^<

Mistress of Communication
Burning Man

to receive THE internet newsletter for Burning Man subscribe to the Jack Rabbit Speaks at: bman-announce-subscribe(at)burningman(dot)com