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Black Rocks Art Foundation

July 26, 2012


BRAF 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.

  • Black Rock Arts Foundation gives grants to individual artists, artist collectives or organizations.
  • Grants can be applied towards the creation of interactive artworks or towards the development of community programs or organizations that support the creation of interactive artworks.
  • BRAF funds projects worldwide. There are no geographic restrictions placed on those who can apply.
  • If you’ve applied for or received a BRAF grant previously, you may apply again.
  • Individuals, groups and established 501c3 non-profits are all eligible to apply.


Our grantees create projects that are akin to the highly interactive and engaging art experienced at the annual Burning Man event. BRAF grantee projects bring like-minded interactive projects to the rest of the world. Some of our grantees employ a valuable connection with the Burning Man Regional Network, utilizing existing collaborations and established collectives to usher in new artwork into their local communities. Many of our grantees have no connection with the extended Burning Man network, but share the inspiration to spark civic engagement through interactive art.

We typically do not fund:

  • Static work, such as sculpture with no interactive component
  • Gallery work, such as paintings in a gallery
  • Publications – poetry books, photo books, fiction, etc
  • Photography
  • Screenplays or films
  • Musical, theater or dance productions
  • Social aid/relief efforts
  • Entrepreneurial endeavors
  • Art destined for the annual Burning Man event. Burning Man has it’s own grant process that funds artwork bound for the playa.


We will begin accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOI’s) for our 2014-2015 grant cycle on October 1st, 2014. The link to the LOI form will appear on this page on that date. The deadline to submit an LOI is December 1, 2014. Late LOI’s will not be accepted with no exceptions.

Full proposals will be accepted by invitation only, with LOI applicants either invited to submit a proposal or rejected by early January 2015 (exact date TBD).



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