Burning Man Artists’ Network Symposium

Gray Area is proud to be hosting Burning Man's Artists’ Network Symposium!

May 1st: 11am - 4pm
Cost: $20

Whether you have led or supported making art in cities outside of Black Rock City and/or on the playa in the past, currently, or are interested in potentially making a project in the future - this event is for you! Burning Man is seeking to support artists' interests and growth by having conversations with likeminded people who are creating impactful work both inside and outside of BRC.

Burning Man is pleased to present their second all-day Artists’ Network Symposium. In the spirit of community engagement, they’ve created this fun and informative event where artists and other experts in their fields will come together to share knowledge and connect around mutual goals and needs. The veteran artists and experts of their community hold a wealth of knowledge and experience: possibly the most valuable resource of all to other artists.

During the day, there will be a series of panel discussions, moderated talks, and presentations along with an open session for connecting with people passionate about creating impactful work in the world. After the symposium, we’ll open the doors to the public for the much-loved and greatly anticipated Desert Arts Preview.

  • Welcome Remarks
  • Josette Melchor (Executive Director, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts)
  • Kim Cook (Director of Art and Civic Engagement, Burning Man)
  • Working with the Man: Thinking Through Paperwork and Planning.
  • Moderator: Eli Peterson (Program Services Manager, Burning Man)
  • Presenter: Lightning Clearwater III (Burning Man Chief Legal Advisor)
  • Presenter: Maria Partridge (Artist Advocate, Burning Man)
  • Where is the Money?: Aspects of Successful Fundraising
  • Moderator: Theresa Duncan (Burning Man Staff, Director of Philanthropic Engagement)
  • Presenter: Leah Lamb (Crowdfunding Expert)
  • Presenter: Katie Fahey (Arts Program Officer, The Kenneth Rainin Foundation)
  • Lunch Hour
  • Art and Fire: Las Fallas Case Study
  • Presenter: Dave X (Fire Art Safety Team Manager, Burning Man)
  • Crimson Rose (Burning Man Cultural Founder)
  • As an alternate to the Case Study, there will be space in the lobby to network with presenters and artists, or you’re welcome to leave for lunch. Please be prepared with your lunch if it is your intention to stay onsite during the lunch break.
  • From Blue Sky to Ground Anchors: Considering Standards for Engineering, Construction, and Design
  • Moderator: Katie Hazard (Burning Man HQ)
  • Presenter: Ali Lahijanian (Mechanical Engineer, RBHU Engineering)
  • Presenter: PK Kimelman (Architect, Director + Lead Artist, FLUX)
  • Presenter: Anna Muessig (Urban Planner, Gehl Architects)
  • Success Stories From the Field
  • Moderator: Tomas McCabe (Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives, Burning Man)
  • Presenter: Matthew Passmore (Artist, Morelab)
  • Presenter: Peter Hirshberg (CEO, The Re:imagine Group)
  • Presenter: Judy Nemzoff (Program Director, San Francisco Arts Commission)
  • Closing Remarks: Where To Go From Here
  • Presenter: Jonathan Moscone (Chief of Civic Engagement, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts)
  • Presenter: Tomas McCabe (Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives, Burning Man)
  • Break
  • Desert Arts Preview

Burning Man

Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. In this crucible of creativity, all are welcome. A unique and distinctive culture emerges from the Burning Man experience. Rooted in the values expressed by the Ten Principles, this culture is manifested around the globe through art, communal effort, and innumerable individual acts of self-expression. To many, it is a way of life. Since its earliest days, Burning Man has been a collaborative endeavor, bringing together people with different backgrounds, interests, outlooks and skills. Today, this growing community is served by a vibrant network connecting individuals, communities, events and organizations worldwide.

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