Thursday, October 6, 2011


Grants for Community-Building, Interactive Art Projects

About Our Grants

Since 2002, we have provided grants to artists in support of interactive installations and performances around the world. We continue to increase the total dollar amount dispersed and number of grant recipients.

Our Grantee projects represent a truly diverse range of approaches to interactive art making. The concepts and implementation of the projects contrast greatly, employing both high and low-tech media, inviting both expressive freedom and refinement of craft, arising from both established collaborations and events and grassroots efforts, reaching both small-town and metropolitan communities. But, as always, our grantees share a common goal: to include their community in the creation of a project that exists for and belongs to the public – a project that provokes immediate actions that connect individuals with each other and with their community at large.

We'd like to extend our thanks to you, our supporters, for donating to BRAF and making our Grants to Artists program possible. Individual contributions are the primary source of funding for our grants. You make these projects happen! Visit to keep this thriving program going!

What kind of work do we fund?

We fund highly interactive, community-driven works of art. 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. We are fans of art that is meant to be touched, heard or experienced, as well as viewed. We prioritize funding art that involves the audience in its creation and presentation. Does this sound like your artwork? Apply for a grant in 2012!

While many of our grantees are inspired by the highly interactive, publicly engaging art experienced at the annual Burning Man event, the Black Rock Arts Foundation seeks to bring interactive, community-driven artworks to the rest of the world. Some of our grantees employ a valuable connection with the emerging 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.

To apply for a BRAF grant, please read our criteria and instructions carefully, and begin your application by submitting a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) using our online LOI form. LOI's are due December 1, 2011, 5:00 pm, Pacific Standard Time.

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