Since 2007, The BRAF-Reno collaboration has shared celebrated works from the Burning Man event with the Reno community. These works include 'Spire of Fire', by Steve Atkins and Eric Smith, 'Duel Nature', by Kate Raudenbush, 'Celtic Forest', by Laura Kimpton, and 'The Mangrove', a collection of works by five different artists collectives.
The Bike Bridge project is funded in part by a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts. The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government that has awarded more than $4 billion on projects of artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the National Endowment for the Arts at arts.gov.
The Bike Bridge is a collaboration with the youth of Oakland, artist Michael Christian, and with partner organization The Crucible. The twelve enrolled participants, all young women, began the project with classes in welding and art-bicycle creation, generously hosted by The Crucible. The program culminates in the collaborative creation of a large-scale sculpture made entirely of reclaimed bicycle parts, led by Christian, which will be installed publicly in 2012, funds permitting.
In close collaboration with the Hayes Valley Arts Coalition (HVAC) and Hayes Valley community members, the Black Rock Arts Foundation installs another admired work of art in the public park known as Patricia's Green in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, California. We're proud to share Future's Past, by esteemed artist Kate Raudenbush with the San Francisco community. The piece will be on display beginning May 10, 2012.