There is a huge effort by BurningMan.org to make sure that children are included in the regional events. There have been great strides, already, in creating participatory areas and activities for ‘under age participants’ by regional events. Some of the things we (Florida En Fuego) intend to pursue on this front are:
1. ‘Home Base’ (ranger station) for kids to recognize (having recognizable visual aids at the ranger headquarters (station) for the kids!) – have parents show the kids (after being taught at greeter or gate to do so) and say “if you get lost, this is where you come to, and talk to a Ranger!”
2. Having the kids be a part of the build of the Temple. On Sunday they will hold their own FLOW conclave before we light the temple.
3. Having mailboxes at every camp with color coded flags on them: for camps to signal parents AND PARTICIPANTS. Red, Yellow, and Green will be the colors in use for this. Red being a not kid-friendly area, Yellow saying use discretion, Green saying ‘this is for everyone, go for it kids!’ This way all participants can practice respect towards kids and their parents. Which will help parents also will be aware of appropriate areas.
4. We will starting a scout program for kids to earn badges related to the 10 principals.
5. There will be a kid friendly play space with lots of fun things for kids to do.
Florida was well represented at the Southeastern Leadership Roundtable with Board Member Melissa Mo Honey and Event Coordinator Rob Leaman from Burnt Oranges / Florida PreHeat and Afterburn, also Co-founder of Both BOI and Florida En Fuego Kim (also on the En Fuego BOD), Holly Hamel who we all know and love from the Florida, Georgia and North Carolina events who is another hopeful addition to the team for our future Florida En Fuego Events , and Me DJ_Peejay, from Florida En Fuego Board of Directors.
It is always so inspiring to be in a room full of self-motivated hard working individuals with a common goal: grow our community, teach our principals by being the example – oh! And have FUN doing it! There are a lot of exciting things going on in the Burning Man organization, one of the most inspiring parts is seeing that our community has grown globally and there are people all over the world that have the same values and visions for the future, they care about our world, about art, and about being good humans! There are so many resources available to us through Burners Without Borders to contribute and get grants for project ideas here in our local region, and I feel like Burning Man organization really wants to help us grow our regionals. We discussed how to have a positive presence in our everyday community, no longer will we refer to our homes as the ‘default world’ but as the ‘Extended Playa’ Bringing our core principals to our everyday lives, teaching our children those principals, and making it our way of life – not just a ‘Temporary’ Community anymore.
Now, the Florida En Fuego Board Members have been invited to attend the Global Leadership Conference (GLC) in San Francisco – Kim and Kenneth Holderfield are both planning to attend. Also, Florida En Fuego champion Micah will be there representing us there with her usual charm – so far she has done an awesome job taking on any and every task at hand, and I know with this experience we can only expect to see more from her! I can’t wait to hear what they have to bring back to the table when they return from GLC!
See the BurningMan Journal Article Here
We may have not raised any money, but we did succeed! Our mission statement is to ultimately support art and artists. That is exactly what we did! Every artist there sold some work and got lots of exposure. We even had three artist sell their first pieces of art, to be able to be a part of that and witness the amazement and pride on their faces was a privilege! Well worth all our hard work! We reach out beyond the burner community and help artist who otherwise might not have had the opportunity for this exposure. I know that to be true of three of them and maybe two very happy DJS first time spinning in a public venue other than a burn! I talked to them all and they were all really happy to be given the opportunity that we gave them. Thank you to
& Heather Sparks
The contributors Madison Sparks,
One day when I was venting to the hubby and some friends out of my many frustrations someone said, “You started one event, why not start another?” Within an hour I had 20 volunteers, without even asking for them. Every time I would tell one person what I was thinking of doing and what I wanted this new event to be like, people would just ask if they could be involved. I feel so blessed to have these kind of people in my life!
We intend it to be kid friendly event. I went through 10 years of fertility treatments and planned them all around the burns. Now that we have our daughter we will not go to an event that doesn’t allow her. We are raising the next generation of burners, we are trying to raise cool people.
The event will be held in July, after Preheat and Serendipity. Florida En Fuego is a Burn event in North Florida in the spirit of the 10 Principals of Burning Man. Held in July each year which celebrates Art, Music, and Community with a Family Friendly All-Inclusive Ethos. We are Dedicated to maintaining a Safe and Fun Environment where everyone is accepted. A shared philosophy permeates every aspect of our culture. This ethos is the living heart of our community, our conscience and our collective memory. Outlined in the Ten Principles but more fully revealed in our actions, it informs all that we do. For our culture to survive and flourish we must continually work to nourish these core values. We refer to this ongoing mission of stewardship and scholarship as the Philosophical Center.
They were crafted not as a dictate of how people should be and act, but as a reflection of the community’s ethos and culture as it had organically developed since the event’s inception.
It is our hope to diversify this event with burners from all over the country. We have leadership people from Serendipity (Kive), Transformus (Phyrebolt), Apogaea (Rachel Cain), Love Burn (Prosperity), Preheat (Scotty), (Tom, Dasiy) and many more, Ignite, Alchemy, and our Pyrotechnics crew are San Francisco burners that run the pyro in Black Rock City. We even have Cedar one of the founders of Afterburn on our advisory committee. We have an LLC Florida en Fuego. The web team is working on our website, floridaenfuego.org & floridaenfuego.com. All we need is to choose the location. We have a few options.
We would like to do more community outreach. We would like to dressing up in our burn gear with all our crazy colorful hair, go to the kids cancer wards and bring them colorful wigs to wear and dance in the halls. Show them that they can have fun wearing crazy hair. We will be going to arts schools and giving supplies to the students, like laptops to graphic designer students, knives to culinary students, instruments to band students. Help bands, dance teams and the like to go to competitions. My favorite thing about going to pizza parlors was all the happy faces covering the walls that were sponsored by the place. I want our website filled with people we have help or sponsored to come to the events.
I have heard a lot of feed back from the community and we have many ideas. First we want to put on our website three touring art projects and their budgets; All the things they need to bring the projects to our event. We will put donate buttons on them and that will be how the community votes on which ones we want to come to our event. When we get half the money needed we will match the funds and bring it to our event. We want to do a burner exchange program with other people from other events so we can learn how the other communities do things. We want to make a database of artist that everyone can contribute to. We want community input. Your likes, your dislikes, what artists who you want to see at the event. We will have a monitored page to start a snark free dialog about the kind of event you want as a community. We will be posting events to meet up and do good works as a community on the events page.
We will be asking for your thoughts on our rules, regulations, procedures, policies, and penalties. We are looking forward to making a great event together with all of you!
Love & hugs
Kim Aka Edible Orgasm (from The Hookah Lounge)