The ARTery

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The ARTery is the on-playa headquarters of the Burning Man Arts team.

The ARTery is located in Center Camp (at 6:30 & Esplanade) and functions as a check-in and service center for artists, as well as a hub for information about art. Off-playa, we operate all year round, kicking into high gear from February to October to make sure that artist registrations are processed and art-i-facts are catalogued.

Mission Statement

The mission of the ARTery is to serve and defend artistic expression at Burning Man. The goal of the ARTery is as an artist resource center that facilitates the placement and display of art on the playa during the Burning Man event.

What We Do

The ARTery provides a variety of services to playa artists. We also provide the following services for participants:

The ARTery is constantly filled with artists and other visitors. Some simply enjoy the lively atmosphere and chill out on couches in our shade structure. Or come learn more about the art installations. We also provide info about previous years’ art and artists.

For this purpose, one wall of our shade structure has a large map of the open playa that diagrams where the art installations are located. ARTery volunteers also facilitate art discovery experiences, guiding participants to explore the art first-hand.

The ARTery is a drop-off point for contributions to the Material Culture archive. This is a collection of interesting playa artifacts – like stickers and jewelry – given as gifts from participants to participants. We accept your contributions and catalogue them post-event.

Be an ARTery Volunteer

Over 3000 registered art projects since the beginning of Burning Man

  • 500+ Honorarium projects
  • 100+ ARTery volunteers each year who make these impressive statistics happen

Interested in joining us? Learn more here.