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Burning Man Project staff were joined by 25 volunteers at Burning Man 2013, encouraging participants to “take the playa to the planet” and keep the fire burning long after Black Rock City disappeared.
“We had a tremendous group of volunteers who took time out of their Burning Man preparation to familiarize themselves with our goals and programs,” said BMP Program Manager Heather White. “They made sure everyone got a warm welcome and good information on all the ways burners stay involved year-round.
Burning Man Project joined Black Rock Arts Foundation, Black Rock Solar, Burners Without Borders and the Global Network of regional contacts at the Everywhere Pavilion on the Esplanade near the Keyhole. The Project’s goal was to help visitors understand how BMP is inspiring and supporting burners seeking to create positive change in their communities.
Everywhere visitors were treated to buttons and stickers, perused informative banners and display materials and volunteers and staff encouraged them to consider how participants manifested Burning Man culture in their own lives.
“People are always talking about how they want the rest of their lives to ‘be like Burning Man’,” White said. We simply showed them what other burners are already doing in the world which is exciting and inspiring and a great gift to take home to the default world.”
Since 2008 Burners Without Borders has been supporting the MotoMoto Circus project in Mombasa, Kenya. This program has been working to engage, support and empower marginalized street living youth in Kenya through the medium of Fire Dancing.
Some of these boys, who have been with MotoMoto on and off throughout this year or longer, shared some about their lives and what MotoMoto has meant to them.
If you would like to know more about these boys, please read more HERE.
This is what KQED had to say about Burning Man, Beyond the Playa:
Every year for one week, bold, super-sized works of art spring to life in a harsh desert playa in Nevada. Burning Man, with hundreds of original works and more than 60,000 attendees, has become North America’s largest outdoor art festival. Host Thuy Vu meets the Flaming Lotus Girls, a female-driven team of Bay Area artists who are pushing themselves to the limit to create an enormous metal tree stump with fire-breathing fungi. Vu also examines how the Burning Man art scene has blossomed beyond the desert, with iconic sculptures transplanted to urban settings and even major civic installations like The Bay Lights.
Published on Sep 6, 2013
Burning Man Project teamed with the Black Rock Arts Foundation, The Crucible, The Exploratorium, Maker Faire, Black Rock City LLC and some wonderful donors to make the Youth Educational Spaceship Program (Y.E.S.) a reality. …and three, two, one, the spaceship has just returned from Burning Man and is headed to points afar. See what SFGate has to say about Y.E.S.