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Burning Man co-founders Larry Harvey and Michael Mikel (aka Danger Ranger) joined “This is Burning Man” author Brian Doherty for an evening that explored the past, present and future of Burning Man July 24 at Z Space Theater in San Francisco.
A fundraising event for Burning Man Project, it marked the beginning of the Project’s Philosophical Center. A reception and book signing followed the discussion.
“It was a wonderful evening of camaraderie. Hearing about the origins from two of the people who were there at the beginning was a revelation,” said Jennifer Raiser, Treasurer of the Burning Man Project Board of Directors. “We were thrilled with the turnout and the positive response from those who had been to Burning Man and those who had not.”
Burning Man started with a handful of people on Baker Beach, and over 27 years has grown to become a cultural phenomenon that attracts thousands of participants to the Nevada Desert each summer.
The Founders recalled that the move from San Francisco to the desert meant hardship and danger. It could no longer be just a casual outing. “Now it required a commitment,” Harvey said, which tended to “sort people out a bit.” And Michael Mikel added, “It separated people from a safe, easy escape. You had to want to be there.” Doherty said, “I was scared to death. I thought, ‘I’m going to die.’”
Burning Man is turning its attention to the world in ways that are meaningful and powerful. The new non-profit Burning Man Project’s mission is to expand beyond the desert to ignite a cultural, technological and artistic evolution on a global scale.
If you would like to see a video of the event, click HERE.
In December 2012, Burning Man Project was a supporter of Burners Without Borders in its partnership with Haiti’s Jakmel Ekspresyon Art Center, a unique community arts center for an important segment of Haiti’s artistic community. As the people of Haiti recover and rebuild from its 2010 earthquake, this center for creativity and self-expression is a vital part of its future. Burners Without Borders and Jakmel Ekspresyon launched a new arts/artists-in-residence program that will benefit the local economy for the long term! Here is a video that will give you an update:
Burning Man Project is a supporter of [freespace], which is a month-long experiment to cultivate civic hacks. It is hosted in a 14,000 square foot warehouse in San Francisco’s Central Market District. Through the gift of temporary, underutilized physical space, [freespace] fosters creativity, community and civic innovation. Join us at 1131 Mission St.
Lara Hopwood is Burning Man Project’s Administrative Associate, primarily responsible for supporting the Board and the Senior Executive Committee. This is the first in our ongoing series of profiles of the people who make Burning Man Project a success.
Commuting to work in San Francisco in 2008, Lara Hopwood realized she needed something more inspirational in her life. Getting back into art was top of the list and a friend suggested she look at welding. She’d taken metal shop and woodworking in Junior High, loved it and signed up for a class at The Crucible in Oakland.
“I was looking through The Crucible catalog and saw they had classes in fire performance,” she said. “Without really thinking about it, I signed up for a couple of classes. The welding class got cancelled and I never looked back.
“I was on the flag team in high school, so a lot of the moves involved with fire performance came pretty naturally,” she said. “The Bay Area has a rich culture in fire performance and I learned a tremendous amount.”
After three months at The Crucible, her teacher had to leave to attend Burning Man and asked Lara to teach the class in her absence. The teacher returned from the desert, left to take another job and Lara continued teaching.
In 2009 Lara and a fellow fire performer decided to make their first trek to Burning Man and got involved with Oakland-based camp – Vulcantown.
“It was amazing to come together with so many fire performers from so many places who were clearly advancing the art of fire dancing in terms of style, technique and self-expression,” she said.
In 2011, Lara heard of an opening at Burning Man headquarters, interviewed for several positions and joined in December 2012 as Administrative Associate for Burning Man Project. Besides supporting the Board and the Senior Executive Committee, her other areas of focus include setting up processes, policies and procedures for the Project, assisting with donor relations and supporting Project events, programs and workshops.