Artists’ Network Symposium 2016

  • Date and Time: May 01, 2016 @ 11 am - 4 pm
  • Format: Event
  • Location:
    Gray Area Theatre
    2665 Mission St.
    San Francisco, CA 94110
  • Cost: $20

Burning Man Presents: The Artists’ Network Symposium and Desert Arts Preview

Burning Man is pleased to invite our community’s artists to our second all-day Artists’ Network Symposium. In the spirit of community engagement, we’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 our community hold a wealth of knowledge and experience: possibly the most valuable resource of all to other artists.

During the day, we will host a series of panel discussions, moderated talks, and presentations along with an open session for networking and connecting with people passionate about creating impactful work in the world. These sessions, along with your feedback, will help us to create additional “deeper dive” sessions that will expand on topics relevant to you. These sessions will be held later on in the year and will also be recorded and made available through the Burning Man website as an ongoing goal of helping artists learn, connect, and discover resources. After the symposium, we’ll open the doors to the public for the much-loved and greatly anticipated annual artists’ lecture, the Desert Arts Preview.

At the symposium, you’ll have the chance to:

  • Meet and network with other artists; learn best practices.
  • Meet 2016 Black Rock City Honoraria and Burning Man Global Art Grantees, as well as other artists in the SF Bay Area.
  • Connect with community leaders and Burning Man staff who focus on art and civic engagement.

At the Desert Arts Preview, you will:

  • See presentations of works in progress for Burning Man 2016 to the general public, potential volunteers and supporters.

The $20 ticket cost registers you for the full day event, including the Desert Arts Preview.

Register Now through this link!


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 (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 ( Director of Philanthropic Engagement, Burning Man)
    • Presenter: Leah Lamb (Crowdfunding Expert)
    • Presenter: Katie Fahey (Arts Program Officer, The Kenneth Rainin Foundation)

 Lunch Hour

Art and Fire: Las Fallas Brown Bag Presentation

  • 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 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)
    • Presenter: Jonathan Moscone (Chief of Civic Engagement, YBCA)

Closing Remarks:  Where To Go From Here

  • Presenter: Neil Hrushowy (SF Planning, City Design Group)
  • Presenter: Tomas McCabe (Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives, Burning Man)
 Desert Arts Preview

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