To be honest, I was feeling quite discouraged about my Burn this year, my (14 year veteran) husband and I even considering GIVING UP OUR TICKETS AND NOT GOING. Having made Burning Man a school project I had a lot riding on it, and the growing ticket scarcity combined with the work of co-leading our camp this year had left me pretty exhausted and discouraged. Once again, however, Burning Man refused to be limited by my own perspective.
A narrative of transformation in the life of one misfit, and in the community she calls “home.”
Photography by OhTony Edwards, historical photographs by Stuart Harvey
I am excited to announce that the Burning Man Project has responded to our project proposal and granted three scholarship (gifted) tickets for our sponsorship project for 2015!
This is not a festival, it’s a community. It’s my community. However, I have been wrestling with something I see as problematic that I think is vital to the well-being of our community, both on and off the playa, especially as it grows: the inadvertent exclusion of the economically disadvantaged from our Radically Inclusive city.
Do you see Burning Man as being more than just a playground for the privileged?
Would you like to help make it truly a more Radically Inclusive community?
Que Viva! Camp would like to give feedback on the topic of the growing number of “Turn-key” or “for profit” camps cropping up in Black Rock City, what we see as problematic about “for profit” camps, and our recommendations.
We would like to create a full-participation camp at Que Viva, which is dedicated to not only bringing messages of social justice through community art workshops, but engages in creating more balance within the BRC community itself by increasing access for low-income, underrepresented artists.
Our camp Que Viva hosted butterfly wing making activities, a migration story video booth, and letter writing to refugee children activities with artist and activist Favianna Rodriguez of Culture Strike and her Migration is Beautiful project.
OhTony Edwards took great pictures at Que Viva Camp this year, both at our art workshops and amongst our campmates, many of whom were attending for the first time. You can see all of OhTony’s photographs by clicking on the picture below: