Arts is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating
and building community through art, architecture and energy.
Founded in 2000, Draka Arts was birthed in the desolate,
intense land of the Black Rock Desert, and inspired by the
building of a 112 foot fire-breathing, mobile/kinetic sculpture
named Draka the Dragon. Over the years, as volunteers worked
on Draka and participated in mini workshops in the metal
arts, a need to continue educating and inspiring others
was stirred. In this vain, Draka Arts spawned its first
annual Arts Festival for learning the fire and metal arts
in 2003, and called it the "Burnin'Bush." With
it's success and popularity growing daily, the tradition
and enthusiasm for furthering the arts continues.
is the vision of Draka Arts to create a world renown art
center, residency program, and arts facility - a community
in which the imagined has the opportunity to manifest itself
in the physical; the idea has a chance to freely express
itself through any or a combination of art forms.
Art's mission is to provide artists, and other creative,
passionate souls, with a place of refuge and uninterrupted
time to work, reflect, develop, and share their creative
environment will support extreme experimentation in the
arts, music, architecture, and scholarly endeavors. As we
create a bridge between an artistic
community and a self-sustaining community, our hope is that
architecture, and energy work together harmoniously for
the betterment of all-kind.
our Art Center National
and International artists, writers, and scholars
be invited to join our community so that they may
have the freedom to work along side, and develop a repertoire
others possessing unique and unusual goals and visions.
Draka Arts Foundation will provide living space, workspace,
shop facilities and financial assistance to the artists
so that they may be completely free to create their art.
plans include the
opening of an Artists
in Residence Program by Summer 2005. Initially this
program will be open to sculptors. As funding permits we
will eventually open our doors to painters, writers and
musicians. Our long-term goals include the implementation
of an International Outreach~Exchange Program
youth of less fortunate countries possessing creative ability
be given an opportunity to attend our Art Center.
Plus, a Projects in Architecture Program where students
interested in constructing designs that incorporate alternative
forms of energy and recycled materials may come to the Art
Center and build their dream.
foundry will exist at the core of Draka Art Center and it's
pulse found in pouring molten metal to create sculptural
Board of Directors
President & Executive Director
Lisa founded Draka Arts in 2002 so that artists might have
the luxury of time, funds, access to facilities and work
space to create their work ~ free from the shackles of society's
obligations and demands. Lisa is primarily a metal sculptor
who has produced large-scale sculptural/installation and
performance pieces since 1993. Lisa earned her Master of
Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture from the University of Texas
at Austin in 1994, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
in Painting at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst,
in 1985. Lisa has exhibited her paintings, drawings and
installation works both nationally and internationally.
She has fifteen years experience as a graphic designer in
advertising and children's textbook publishing. She worked
with undergraduate students as an Assistant Teacher in Painting,
Drawing, Sculpture, Bronze Casting, Mold-Making and Graphic
Design at the University of Texas at Austin. She later taught
Computer Graphics at Artists Television Access and Media
Alliance in San Francisco; and also worked with teens-at-risk
in Youth Industry's Artist-Mentorship Program in
the Mission District of San Francisco. Her work has been
published in Rolling Stone Magazine, MIT Press Leonardo
Journal and SteelGirl.
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Treasurer & Director of Operations
1995 through 2003, Flynn Mauthe worked as a volunteer, independent
contractor, and employee for the Burning
Man Arts Festival, Black Rock Desert, Nevada. He earned
the titles of Chief Site Forman (1998), Director of Operations
DPW (1999-2003), Nevada Properties Manager (2001-2003),
Burning Man Sr. Staff (1999-2003), and Chief of Staff DPW
(2003). His wide range of accomplishments included directing
and coordinating a seasonal work force of two hundred or
more people in the construction and removal of the temporary
City of Black Rock. He was also involved on a "grass
roots" level in creating the "leave no trace"
methods for playa restoration, creating budget processes,
developing unique management systems, and writing daily
protocols within the Burning Man Department of Public Works,
all of which are essential to an arts festival of this caliber.
In 1994, Flynn moved from Austin, Texas to San Francisco
where he began working with several robotic groups, including
the Seemen, Survival
Research Laboratories, Christian
Ristow, and The
People Hater. From 1994 to 1996 Flynn worked under the
art direction of Kalman Spelletich, and the Seemen, and
performed in several of the group's large scale pyro/performance/robotic
events in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and the Black Rock
Desert. The most notable project being FlynnÕs construction
of a thirty-eight foot wooden tower for the performance
of "Helco," designed by Larry Harvey, choreographed
by the Seemen, and later coined "Helco Tower"
- One of the major highlights of the Burning Man event that
year and also the largest flaming structure on record until
the appearance of the Temple by David Best in 2001.
In 1996, Flynn moved into the Survival Research Laboratories
building on San Bruno Street in S.F. and, for six years,
worked closely with Mark Pauline coordinating volunteers
and fabricating props in metal, wood, plastics, and other
unmentionables. Flynn was key in locating a suitable venue
and producing the successful 1997 SRL show: "The Unexpected
Destruction of Elaborately Engineered Artifacts" in
Austin, TX. Prior to his robotic life, Flynn was part owner
in a home building & construction company with his brother,
Brett, for six years in San Antonio, TX. He also built and
remodeled homes in Austin and St. Croix, and later became
a real estate agent for eight years. Before all this serious
home business Flynn was a guitar player in several southern
punk rock bands in Texas, the most famous at the time being
the Hickoids (1982-3).
Artists in Residence Committee
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Architectural Development Committee
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in 2003 by a small group of metalworkers & artists
from the four corners of the United States.
base for Draka the Dragon is Black Rock Desert, Nevada.
Arts Foundation is currently searching for land to create
the Art Center & Residency Program for artists, craftspeople
, scholars, writers and the ecologically conscious.
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Draka Arts Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.