The Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) was founded by several of the partners who founded and produce Burning Man, with the mission to support and promote community, interactive art and civic participation.
The foundation received its 501(c)3 status in November of 2001. In 2014, BRAF joined with Black Rock City’s Art Department to create Burning Man Arts, dedicated to facilitating art everywhere around the world, including Black Rock City.
In 2014, BRAF joined with Black Rock City’s Art Department to create Burning Man Arts, dedicated to facilitating art everywhere around the world, including Black Rock City.
Black Rock City has created a unique venue for art, and has rekindled one of art’s most valuable functions: connecting community members in creation, curiosity, and wonderment. At Burning Man, we observe how art brings people together, inspires participation and engenders meaningful connections between individuals. The art experienced at Burning Man invites individuals to interact with both the work itself and with their community at large.
BRAF was established to bring this modality of creating and coexisting with art to the rest of the world, with the vision that community-driven, inclusive, and interactive art is vital to a thriving culture. Through its Grants to Artists and Civic Arts Program, BRAF has worked with communities around the world to collaboratively produce innovative, relevant and pioneering works of public art that build community and empower individuals — and it will continue to do so as part of Burning Man Arts.
Black Rock Arts Foundation Founders
Black Rock Arts Foundation Board Members
Amber Marie Bently
Tracy Ericson Burton
Christian ‘Dicky’ Davies
Mark Van Proyen
Black Rock Arts Foundation Staff
Jessica “Nurse” Bobier
Kristin Hale Chamblee
Black Rock Arts Foundation Advisory Board Members
John Perry Barlow
David Martin Darst
Mark Van Proyen
Kurt Wallace Martin