This fall, Petaluma Arts Center is hosting AfterBurn, a two-month series of exhibitions and events that celebrate the history of Burning Man and its roots in the North Bay area. Many artists who participate in this annual festival in Black Rock Desert, Nevada, have studios in Petaluma, and many of their monumental constructions are visible around town through most of the summer as they prepare for the festival in August.

Those of us unable to visit the desert for the festival can only imagine what transformations occur there. The Petaluma Arts Center, in collaboration with those celebrated artists, will host exhibitions and events at the arts center and around town that share the experience of being “on the Playa.” Your sponsorship can make this happen.

Exhibitions will include sculpture, paintings, photographs, jewelry, clothing, and other creations inspired by the festival. Supplementing the exhibitions will be a speaker series covering the history of Burning Man, featuring backstories and insights into the artists, their collaborations, and creative processes.

Events will include weekend tours of local studios, with demonstrations and interactive experiences, each culminating in a musical event that same evening at the arts center, with food, drinks, and activities open to all. Workshops will also be available in the PAC classroom throughout the run of the show.

AfterBurn is an ambitious project, with an equally ambitious schedule and budget. We need your help to raise $100,000 in four months. Your sponsorship can help pay the cost of installing a 40-foot-tall steel dancer, or provide the display cases for unique jewelry, or propane for a fire feature. Your sponsorship will help fund mobilization and set-up expenses and help pay for workshop materials and transportation for studio tours. Please see the Sponsorship Levels sheet for the different opportunities and incentives available.