What to Expect if You Receive a Temple Grant

Significant Dates for 2023 Temple Artists

  • December 2022: 2023 Temple selected and artists notified
  • January/February 2023: Project Kick-off: Temple artists fill out Art Installation Questionnaire and attend Kick-off Meeting with Burning Man Project Artist Liaison (weekday during business hours)
  • February/March: Kick-off meetings with major stakeholders including Burning Man Project’s Fire Art Safety Team (to review materials and burn plan), Communications Department, Temple Guardians, and the community group the Temple Builders Guild
  • April/May/June: Monthly call with Burning Man Project Artist Liaison
  • June 1: Art Support Services (ASS) Resource Request due
  • July/August: Weekly call with Burning Man Project Artist Liaison
  • July 10: Crew members finalized, names for tickets, early arrivals, and vehicle passes submitted
  • Wednesday, August 9: Work access to site for survey, no on-site overnight camping
  • Thursday, August 10: Work access to set up camp, overnight camping commences
  • Friday, August 11: Delivery of construction materials. Scheduled heavy equipment support and resources available starting at 10am
  • Thursday, August 24: Relocation of worksite camp to city camp
  • Sunday, August 27, Sunrise:  The Temple is fully installed and turned over to participants and Temple Guardians
  • Sunday, August 27, 6pm: Burning Man event officially begins
  • Sunday, September 3: The Temple is turned over to the Burn Crew and Temple Guardians as early as 8am
  • Sunday, September 3: The Temple Burns at 8pm
  • Monday, September 4: Burning Man event officially ends, Temple Crew begins Leave No Trace (LNT)
  • Thursday, September 7: Temple project completes LNT operations of the installation and build site
  • October 1: Final report and high-resolution images due
  • November 15: On-playa services and resources accounted for and remaining Performance Deposit returned


Playa Resources

Burning Man Project makes certain on-playa resources available for purchase by the Temple artists. These items are requested pre-event, confirmed by Art Support Services, and delivered at the event.

Some services that Burning Man may supply for the installation of the Temple are gifted to the Temple grantee, such as the provision of up to $15,000 of on-playa resources, including decomposed granite (DG), potable water, fuel (dyed diesel, clear diesel, gasoline, propane, firewood), light towers, scissor lifts and porta-potties at the build site. Additional on-playa resources beyond the $15K will be subtracted from the Performance Deposit, which may be up to 30% of the total grant. All preliminary requests for services and materials will be discussed during kick-off meetings. A detailed tracking of on-playa resource use will be shared post-event.


Questionnaires and Contract

  • Artists selected to receive funding from Burning Man must also submit a standard Art Installation Questionnaire and coordinate and comply with all ARTery requirements for playa art. The Burning Man Art Department and its appointees will be the governing agency for placement, production, and coordination of support services, and will serve as the point of contact for project leads regarding all issues of safety and playa art management.
  • Participating groups will be required to sign a written agreement (i.e., a contract) with Burning Man Project which establishes terms for the management and execution of the project from conception through installation and clean-up. The contract also outlines the support services and coordination that will (and will not) be provided by Burning Man Project. Note that Burning Man must report grant payments to the IRS with form 1099-misc. Temple artists may wish to consider the tax and other financial implications of receiving this grant funding. Some projects choose to form an LLC or other organization. Burning Man cannot give specific legal or tax advice, and encourages artists to seek professional counsel.
  • Temple artists are expected to submit a Placement Questionnaire requesting an Art Support Camp in order to have a placed camp in Black Rock City.


Other Expectations

  • Meetings: Being a Black Rock City Temple artist requires a significant time investment, including many mandatory meetings with Burning Man Project staff. Plan for frequent collaboration and interactions.
  • Early Arrival: As a funded project, you are required to have the Temple completed by sunrise on the Sunday that the event begins. Your build crew must be available to arrive on-playa early enough to meet this deadline, and your crew arrivals will be staggered during the pre-event period.  In our Kick-off meeting, we will determine an exact number of Work Access Passes by date for your project.
  • Departure: Burn site DG must be cleared of anything that is not DG in order to be considered adequately cleaned per LNT. DPW will accept scrap metal and remove from the playa if the metal is 1) contained in metal 55gal drums sitting on pallets or 2) consists of individual metal pieces (e.g., fabricated brackets, etc.) large enough to be forked into the scrap truck. Please bring 55 gal drums with accompanying pallets to contain the scrap metal from your piece. You may take the scrap metal yourself or ask DPW to receive it. The site should be cleaned and ready for inspection by Playa Restoration’s LNT Lead no later than Thursday, September 7, 2023.
  • Timeliness and Deadlines: Our deadlines are firm; we do not operate on “playa time.” We will be requesting things throughout the year (i.e., response to emails, signing up for meeting dates, etc.) and we ask that you respect our deadlines and be as prompt as possible in responding to our requests. We will make sure to communicate clearly the deadlines for each deliverable. If you cannot make a deadline let us know as quickly as possible; it may be possible to negotiate a slightly different date.
  • Significant Changes: If you want to make any significant changes to your Temple design from what we have agreed to fund, you must contact us in writing and receive our approval in writing prior to March 31st (and preferably earlier). We know there are changes and evolutions to installations as they move from concept to reality, and we want to make sure we are in the loop about your requested changes. The worst thing is for us not to be informed. This can impact your deposit, and could even result in our asking for return of the grant funds.
  • Radical Inclusion: Assembling a crew to build the Temple is different from recruiting a team for other BRC art installations. The Temple is a deeply personal space, and participants are motivated by many different reasons to volunteer to build the Temple. The Temple belongs to the community and as such, the build crew will include a wide range of community members with a wide range of skills. Also note that the Temple should ideally be constructed in such a way that people of all abilities can access it.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: The Temple is not a solo project; the lead artist(s) should expect to collaborate with various community stakeholders who have deep ties with the Temple, for example the Temple Guardians and the Temple Builders Guild.
  • Rituals and Traditions: As the spiritual center of our city, there are rituals and traditions at the Temple, for example the pre-event Paiute blessing, which we expect the artist to accommodate.


Required Reading

As you continue planning for your project, we ask that you read the information found here if you haven’t already: