This proposal is for a series of exhibitions at the Petaluma Arts Center to celebrate local artists who participate in Burning Man. The vision of the Petaluma Arts Center (PAC) is to build our community’s creative capacity. We believe that this exhibition will be a catalyst, supercharging that vision. With an eye towards our mission of building community through art, these exhibitions will be supplemented by several events that will include tours of the studios of local artists, a speaker/presenter series, workshops, book signings, fundraisers, construction of a communal sculpture piece, live music, and community interaction and engagement.

General Schedule

The exhibition dates are from November 16, 2019 – January 18, 2020.

Opening Reception

The Opening Reception will include live music, interactive activities and speakers to introduce the participating artists, provide some history and background of Burning Man, and provide details of the upcoming events, such as the Studio Tours, workshops, speakers series, communal projects, etc.

Inside the Gallery at PAC

The PAC gallery will be sectioned into areas designated for each of the participating artists to curate themselves. On the walls will be mounted photography, drawings, design sketches, text, and paintings inspired by Burning Man. These pieces may be from the design process for large scale pieces, or may reflect on the history of the festival, or document some of the artists involved.

On the floor, on pedestals, and hanging from the rafters will be small sculptures, maquettes, jewelry, sections of large sculptures, books on Burning Man, journals, costumes created for the festival, and mutant cars.

A video booth will show short videos of past Burning Man events, backstories from the artists, behind the scenes footage, and the transformation of the Playa.

Inside the Classroom at PAC

The PAC classroom will be transformed into the AfterBurn Workshop, featuring classes on jewelry making, costume making, and various Maker activities.

Onstage at PAC

Several events are planned as part of the speaker series to support the show. The topics include the following:

  • History of Burning Man from some of the founders
  • Books written or produced about the event or the artists
  • The politics and logistics of producing the Burning Man festival
  • The artists/couples who collaborate to make the art.

Outside the Gallery at PAC

  • Sculpture: Large sculpture pieces displayed around PAC grounds
  • Lightshow: May encompass the entire int/ext. of gallery at select times
  • StoryCorps Booth: for the sharing/archiving of Burning Man stories and the relationships developed there.
  • Live Music events: Celebrating the styles of music found at Burning Man.
  • Mutant Car: communal project to produce mutant car
  • Mutant Bicycles: participants will decorate their bikes for the parade/procession to the studios
  • Build a Burn: communal project to build something to burn offsite (TBD)

Studio Tours

  • Visit 4 Studios of Burning Man artists near PAC
    • Marco Cochran
    • Michael Garlington
    • Reared in Steel
    • David Best or Jack Haye
  • Parade/Procession from PAC to the studios
    • Art Bus available
    • Art Bikes (Bicycle Coalition)
    • Walkers in costumes
    • Musicians
  • Participants will have a hands-on experience
    • Welding
    • Sculpting in wood and metal
    • Photography
    • Building mutant car
  • Fundraising party at PAC after each studio tour
    • Costume Ball
    • Maker stations
    • Photo ops
    • Live music and performances
    • Food and drinks

Other Possible Venues

  • We are coordinating with other venues around Petaluma to host Pop Up events. These may include cocktail events, poetry readings, speaker series, and others.

The Cost of the Project

A project of this scale will require a comparable budget. The scale may need to be adjusted to match the actual funds raised. Please refer to the Expense Budget for details, but the following items comprise a general list of anticipated expenses that your donations will help to fund:

  • Materials/fuel, such as propane and electricity, will be needed to perform some of the pieces.
  • Insurance/permitting will be required for added safety and offsite events.
  • Multiple Receptions and Music Set up/Take down of Reception, Fund raisers, Live music events
  • Set up/Take down of Communal maker events, off site events

Donations and Sponsorships

There are many opportunities to fund these tremendous community-building events through donations and sponsorships. Please refer to the Sponsorship Levels sheet for details of those opportunities and the incentives for each. You can help fund the entire project or if you prefer, you can help fund the following specific items:

  • Specific projects and/or artists
  • Mini events, such as a Maker event or workshop
  • Transportation and installation expenses, such as cranes, trucks, lifts, etc.
  • Development of new pieces specifically for this event
  • Materials for communal constructions, such as a mutant vehicle
  • Gallery spaces allotted to participating artists for their exhibits
  • Food and entertainment for events and fundraisers
  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • Permitting and related costs
  • Honorariums and awards
  • Outreach efforts (to bring others to the event)
  • Fire Security
  • Many other items.