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At Black Rock City 2012, in collaboration with Burners Without Borders, Black Rock Arts Foundation, Black Rock Solar and Burning Man Regional Network, we helped put together the Everywhere Pavilion – an open space where people can hang out and learn about our various community and outreach activities. The space takes different forms in different places, and each time we learn something new about our growing community.
On the Playa, we set up a large, shady open space on the Esplanade, filled with tables in the shapes of continents, where participants could escape the sun and relax. People also took part in our Leaf Your Trace activity, where they expressed the many different ways they uphold the Ten Principles off-playa through writing and decorating “leaves” (made from used file folders). The leaves were attached to posts placed on many different cities on our continent tables. By the end of the event, there were nearly 500 leaves creating a handmade forest, mapping the many ways that participants carry Burner spirit with them into their communities.
At Burning Man’s San Francisco Decompression, we all worked together to create a chill space serving tea and conversation. Friends and participants came by, sat on comfy pillows, and chatted over tea on a beautiful fall day. We met lots of newbies and got to work with some amazing volunteers we met on the Playa.
No matter what their path to getting to Everywhere, all of our guests expressed delight at getting to learn more about what we’re up to and how to get involved.
Learn more about our partners at Everywhere!
Black Rock Arts Foundation: blackrockarts.org
Black Rock Solar: www.blackrocksolar.org
Burners Without Borders: www.burnerswithoutborders.org
Burning Man Regional Network: regionals.burningman.com
San Francisco, CA, January 24, 2012: “Central Market Arts Activation,” a collaboration between the Burning Man Project, Black Rock Arts Foundation, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts and the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development has been named as a finalist for support from ArtPlace, an unprecedented private-public collaboration of nine of the nation’s top foundations, eight federal agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts, and six of the nation’s largest banks. ArtPlace supports creative placemaking with grants and loans, research and advocacy. Central Market Arts Acitivation joins 128 other projects in 68 cities working to transform their communities by driving vibrancy through investments in the arts.
The selected projects represent the best of the more than 2,000 applications from across the country. Finalists were chosen for their potential to have a transformative impact on community vibrancy. Proposed projects run the gamut from temporary art spaces to permanent performance venues, from music festivals to art walks and from streetscaping to artist residencies.
“We hope to amplify the momentum of San Francisco’s Central Market Economic Development Strategy through community collaboration toward unique arts activation and programming in the district,” says Harley K. Dubois, Founding Board Member of the Burning Man Project. “The established capacity and accomplishments of the partners as well as the momentum and focus in the district will continue to develop the culture of creativity that exists in Central Market.”
ArtPlace expects to distribute $15 million in 2012. This year’s grant recipients will be announced in May. Last year, 34 organizations received a total of $11.5 million.
The full list of finalists can be found at http://www.artplaceamerica.org/2012finalists
Participating foundations include Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Robina Foundation and an anonymous donor. In addition to the NEA, federal partners are the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council. ArtPlace is also supported by a $12 million loan fund capitalized by six major financial institutions and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Participating institutions are Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife and Morgan Stanley.
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BURNING MAN PROJECT LAUNCHES IN SAN FRANCISCO’S UNITED NATIONS PLAZA;
New Non-profit to Catalyze Creative Culture in the World
San Francisco, CA – Friday marked the launch of the Burning Man Project, a non-profit organization focused on catalyzing creative culture around the world. The organization announced its first Board of Directors and its six programs at a launch in San Francisco’s UN Plaza at 5 PM PST. The Mission of the nonprofit Project will be to facilitate and extend the culture that has issued from the Burning Man event into the rest of the world.
Beyond the namesake event in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, Burning Man has expanded into a worldwide phenomenon driven by creativity & ingenuity. In its 25 years, that annual event has been the keystone of a global culture and its community; the new nonprofit Project aims to support and share Burning Man in ways that can benefit anyone anywhere, far beyond the annual event, serving as an extraordinary source of creativity, collaboration and inspiration.
The first program effort for the Burning Man Project is “Civic Participation,” focusing on the economic and social revitalization of the Central Market Street corridor in San Francisco, the new home to the Burning Man headquarters. The Project will draw upon knowledge gained from years of event production, participant co-created experience, and community organizing to work collaboratively with San Francisco citizens, neighborhood groups, government agencies, and other institutions and partners. The organization has been actively exploring alignment with the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Economic Development around public space arts activation, the development of art walks, and other related activities.
The Project envisions Central Market as an arts & innovation district; components of this district will include the cutting edge of technology, social enterprise, sustainability and sharing economy, along with new and revolutionary forms of art. Over time, the organization will also explore how it can help support youth and education, observant that the Tenderloin boasts the highest density of child residents of any neighborhood in the city.
“The Burning Man Project is a new organization that aims to use the arts to build community around the world,” said Burning Man Project Co-Founder and Board President, Larry Harvey. “Our highest priority is to start with our new neighborhood, Central Market, and to work in creative collaboration with community partners and citizens. We like to go to the root of things.”
The theme of the launch event at UN Plaza was “Welcome Home,” a greeting used at the entrance of the annual Burning Man event, chosen for this event to celebrate a return to the center of Burning Man’s city of cultural origin. Speakers included San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee; Board of Supervisor President David Chiu; Burning Man Project Board President Larry Harvey, and Burning Man Project Board Member Chip Conley.
The launch event was followed by Rolling Renaissance, a new art walk & bike ride centered near the headquarters of the Burning Man Project at 6th and Market Street. The event was broadcast live on Burning Man’s internet radio station, Shouting Fire (www.shoutingfire.org) and featured performers Christen Lien, The Loyd Family Players, and DJ’s Tamo & Erik Hz of the Space Cowboys.
About The Burning Man Project
The Burning Man Project is a non-profit organization, currently fiscally sponsored by the Black Rock Arts Foundation. The Mission of the Burning Man Project is to facilitate and extend the culture that has issued from the Burning Man event into a larger world. Its vision is to bring experiences to people in grand, awe-inspiring, and joyful ways that lift the human spirit, address social problems and inspire a sense of community and cultural engagement. Programs of the Project include: Arts, Education, Civic Participation and Economic Development, Social Enterprise, and Cultural Centers.
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