Burning Man is as much about what happens in Black Rock City as what people do once they’ve left the playa. Over the years, a number of entities have grown from the fertile ground of Black Rock City, with the mission of forwarding the culture, ethos and principles of Burning Man by manifesting them in their business models.
In 2011, the Black Rock Arts Foundation celebrated its 10th year of supporting interactive and participatory civic artwork around the world, year-round. Since its inception, BRAF has supported 73 grantee projects in over 10 countries, 103 total projects, and 61 events.
Black Rock Solar was founded in the wake of Burning Man 2007’s Green Man art theme, and to date they’ve installed 1.4 megawatts of clean energy, generating enough power to offset over 3.7 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each year. They focus their efforts on underserved institutions and entities in Northern Nevada, and in 2011, stepped up their educational efforts, teaching today’s youth about the importance of sustainable clean energy.
Burners Without Borders has facilitated the efforts of a network of volunteers who are ready at a moment’s notice to help those in need, whether it be for large-scale disaster relief or a beach clean-up.
Gifting, civic participation, and art … we are proud to see Burning Man’s core principles manifested in these fantastic organizations, part of Burning Man’s cultural network.