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Get Your Snack On!

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Our fifth installment of Forging Community comes from Dawn Stott who writes about that lightly refreshing center of the Balsa Man Community the Itty-Bitty Balsa Cafe!

It's all smiles at the Balsa Man Cafe, photo by Miikka Skaffari

It's all smiles at the Balsa Man Cafe, photo by Miikka Skaffari

Here, at The Itty Bitty Balsa Cafe, we are just a little excited about our humble facility. There will be tiny taste treats and delicious nibbles, along with sips of this-and-that to savor during a quick break from your truncated journey through this veritable village of forged dreams.

Our small mission is to craft an environment wherein brief encounters of light-hearted social interplay may create the minutest amount of drama so-as to stimulated co-creativity without the need for a drama-free zone. But. Just in case. There will be a wee dunce cap in the corner for those wishing to be placed on personal alert to self-moderate any larger expressions of dynamic character. We want everyone to have an equally wholesome good time.

As such, we keep our menu limited for the purpose of maintaining the main focus of short, interconnected, collaborative moments. The cafe is a place where you can pause to reflect upon the tidbits of talent that adorn Tiny Art Main Street. Perhaps you will meet a tiny artist? Share a tiny treat? Crack a quick smile? Then move along

When you do return to the clement environment of our fair shores, kindly refrain from tromping upon the art.

The Cafe That Wanted To Be Art (Grant Awardee)

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

First off, while Colin appreciates the new title Brigadier General, he wants everyone to know that the bMorg is no dictatorship. And he’s quite happy with the titles he already has: Chief Tiny Officer of Balsa Man, Director of the Black Pebble Arts Foundation, and Lead Manager for the Balsa Man KCrew.

The BPAF didn’t really know what to make of this art project: The Cafe That Wanted To Be Art, by QueGee. We respect that it obviously has a lot of meaning for QueGee who says that “I built her for 8 years in homage to ‘Burning Time’  and now I want to give her a proper sendoff!” However, no one on the BPAF committee knew what this Burning Time was nor could they fathom why a cafe would require to be continuously under construction for 8 years. Nevertheless we did like the idea of a roving cafe and appreciated that this strange little project truly meant something to QueGee.

Thus, the BPAF unanimously voted with a shrug* to award QueGee a tiny art grant!

The Cafe That Wanted To Be Art (front)

The Cafe That Wanted To Be Art (front)

The Cafe That Wanted To Be Art (back)

The Cafe That Wanted To Be Art (back)

* The BPAF bylaws state that any vote with a shrug cannot be awarded a full grant; thus, we sent intern “hotpants” to check the price for QueGee’s requested materials:

  • Construction Paper (2 packs): $3.29 x 2
  • Pack of 250 toothepicks: $0.99
  • Dental Floss: $1.79
  • Additional Balsa Wood: $5

Total Tiny Art Grant Award: $14.36

Congratulations QueGee!

Tiny Art Grant Award: Balsa Cafe & Milk Bar Box Theatre

Friday, August 14th, 2009

The Black Pebble Arts Foundation couldn’t continue to function if it wasn’t for there continual supply of caffeine whether it’s in the form of coffee, yerba mate, tea—I swear one of our members would keel over if she didn’t have her morning “Big Skull ‘O Tea.”

That’s why when Nina Rock sent in her proposal for the Balsa Man Cafe, we all promptly took a swig from our respective mugs and nodded silently in agreement. This project has to go forward! Without a place to fuel up on caffeine at Balsa Man, I have no idea how the members of BPAF would last the entire two and a half hour long event. For the Balsa Man Cafe, BPAF awards a grant of $10, which should buy a bag of beans of at least decent quality.

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Nina Rock - Cover Letter & Artist Bio

The Balsa Man Cafe, by Nina Rock - Tiny Art Grant Proposal (front)

The Balsa Man Cafe, by Nina Rock - Tiny Art Grant Proposal (back)

In our jittery enthusiasm to approve the Balsa Cafe, we almost didn’t notice that Nina Rock had included not one but two art grant proposals! Her second proposal, the Milk Bar Box Theatre, sounds like quite the fun project. Admittedly, not all of the art grant review committee were as brewing with ardor for this project; then, finally one member said “come on guys, it’s got LEDs” and thus the committee voted to award it a grant of $5.

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The Milk Bar Box Theatre, by Nina Rock - Tiny Art Grant Proposal (front)

The Milk Bar Box Theatre, by Nina Rock - Tiny Art Grant Proposal (back)

Postscript - Nina Rock

Thank you Nina Rock for making coffee & tiny art happen! And thanks to the donors for helping fill everyone’s mugs at Balsa Man!