Spring/Summer 2017 B.U.R.N. Art Grant Winners

It is with great pleasure that we present the Spring 2017 BURN art grant recipients! We had 15 awesome applications (the most ever!) for the $2000 pool of grant money.

While they were all awesome, given the amount of BURN-related events in and around Chicago coming up, we have focused our limited resources this cycle on projects headed to BURN BURN and Figment.

* SPRING 2017 Recipients*

Community Bloom by Cheryl Gallo

Screen Dream Machine by Rohan Thadani & Hannah Aubry

Memento Serenous by Niklas Gahm

Spacecats 2.0 by Ayda Keshtkar

Black Light Hike by Lenny Melto

Community Puzzle by Johanna Voos

Brilliantly Blooming Woods by Doug Peters

Igloo Obscura by Savannah Jerome-Branson

The Flaming Photobooth by James Villalpando


We want to give away even more money to more artists soon! Consider a donation to BURN Art Grants, or help conceive and throw a fundraiser and let's help some folks make rad art!

B.U.R.N. Burn Logo Design Competition!

Our brand spanking new spring burn needs a brand spanking new logo. We want YOU to design that logo for us. Things you should know: we're collecting submissions through February 24th. The event is on 4/20. Fire.

The logo should:

• reflect the event's mission to foster community arts through grass-roots projects and civic collaborations
• conveys its efforts to create, display, and support interactive arts and civic participation that inspires action and connects people by moving them from passive spectators to creative participants
• embodies all Chicago Burners' dedication to inspiring positive creative change in the participants and in the wider community
• Maybe symbolizes those things that make a Burn a Burn: camping and/or fire? Maybe…
• looks cool an' stuff.

Something that does all of the above would be great, but really any two of 'em will do. Let's see what you've got!

The details, creative- and technical-wise:

• Logos should be vector art (so created in Illustrator and submitted as an Illustrator EPS file would be ideal…but there are, in theory, other options)
• While multi-color logos will be considered, any multi-color logo should be accompanied by a solid (no halftones, no gradients), single-color version on white. sometimes logos gotta be one color—say, when you're screenprinting it, for instance, or on a fax (it still happens, on rare occasions)
• Logomarks should be accompanied by type: "B.U.R.N. burn” or “B.U.R.N. Burn” or “B.U.R.N. BURN”

• Any imagery used must be legal and licensed for use: either original imagery by you, used with the permission of the artist, or public domain.

Logos must be submitted by Friday, February 24 at 11:59pm (Central Standard Time). Send submissions to info@boldurban.org

The selection process: submissions will be anonymized (no favoritism here), evaluated, and the winning logo selected by the B.U.R.N.-Ops committee during their February meeting. While B.U.R.N.-Ops members may submit logos for consideration, in order to avoid a conflict of interest, any B.U.R.N.-Ops member submitting a logo will be ineligible to participate or vote in the selection process.

The designer of the selected logo may be asked to do a round of revisions to get the design fully in line with all technical and creative specs. We'll try to keep it quick, minimal and painless.

Good luck, logo designers. Let's see what you've got!

Fall Flash Art Grant Cycle

B.U.R.N. presents: The Fall Flash Art Grant Cycle

[photo credit: Randi Cutler. Detail from Randi Cutler's "Kraken at See-Saw", a past B.U.R.N. art grant recipient]

[photo credit: Randi Cutler. Detail from Randi Cutler's "Kraken at See-Saw", a past B.U.R.N. art grant recipient]

Just in time for Chicago's Official Decompression: Mad Science! up to $1000 will be made available in grants for art to be installed at Decompression on Friday, November 4th.

Individual Grant Cap: $200 (receipts mandatory)

Application: http://boldurban.org/art-grant-form/

Individuals can apply for grants of up to $200 to cover materials, supplies, and/or transportation costs*. Relevant receipts must be produced for reimbursement. (Keep in mind that at our volunteer- and gifting-driven community events there is no such a thing as billable time, so installation itself is not grant-worthy.)

*a local Burner has offered make his cargo van available for art
transportation within the city, if needed, so as to avoid unnecessary
vehicle rentals. Inquire here.

Lakes of Fire needs an effigy design!


Even if your proposal is not 100% completed we would still like to see what you have in mind for YOUR LOF EFFIGY 2016

Calling all Fire Lovers and Effigy-Smiths!

Open submission for the 2016 Lakes of Fire Effigy is happening now! Have an idea for something really big that looks great on fire? We have a terrific opportunity for you to have your vision come to life, or help someone see their vision come to life.  Read this email in its entirety if you have a burning desire to get your hands dirty with a team of artisans soon to be constructing one of the most generously funded art pieces at Lakes of Fire.

*Effigy Design*

It’s an open design contest, there are guidelines, but no limitations to your creativity. Inspired, imaginative, and challenging designs are welcome. Show us what inspires you, tell us why it will inspire others.

*Effigy Build Team*

The Effigy Build Team is a volunteer group of individuals who are willing to build it, bring it, set it up and burn it down. Your Build Team can submit a design, or can build a design submitted by another applicant. Previous build teams crafted a swingin’ tree, erected a pyramid and stuffed a ball inside it, beached a plywood whale, lit up a lighthouse, got all industrial with a factory, and last year brought a thrust-powered alien spaceship.

What will you build?

How will people interact with it?

What does it inspire in each of us?

If you are part of an effigy team that’s SUPER, but an effigy build team is not required to submit a design. This is your opportunity to see your imagination come to life even if you've never used a power tool. We are a community, and as a community can help you build your vision.

*Effigy Council*

Comprised of experienced builders and artisans from past Effigy Build teams, the Effigy Council represents our community by aiding and abetting those rare souls that really want to see their creations as the centerpiece of the festival; entertaining, enlivening, and positively interacting with the community. We also help to ensure that it gets burnt to the ground in a grand and beautiful fashion. We are here to advise on safety, economy, scheduling, and volunteer labor.

*Submittal Deadline*

If you are interested in submitting a design please email *effigy@lakesoffire.org* to register and obtain examples of past proposals for reference. Please include contact information (Name, Playa Name, Email, Phone Number) for your Build Lead and/or Effigy Lead.

*Your completed effigy proposals are due on February 6, 2016 and must bedigitally submitted to: effigy@lakesoffire.org

*The Council will be meeting on shortly after to chose a winner. *

*Helpful Resources*

An important read before you submit: So you wanna build an effigy



Submittal guidelines: http://tinyurl.com/loffigy15callout.
Email all inquiries, thanks and praises to: effigy@lakesoffire.org

Burn baby burn
-The Effigy Council

Thanksgiving: Thanks to our Decompression Volunteers and Participants

On this Thanksgiving Day,I'd like to give thanks to all our BURN Events committee members, Decompression volunteers, and Decompression participants for making our September 19 event a success. 

In the interest of transparency, the full financial report for every Decompression from 2010-2015 is available.For the TLDR crowd:

The event at El Rey Ballroom had 244 attendees (exclusive of venue staff and paid, but unclaimed tickets). Gross Income was $9517, including $753 from sales of additional drink tickets and cups for those who failed to heed the BYO cup policy. Total Expenses were $7,248, with the largest being venue rental ($4,000), beverage program ($1472), and insurance ($728). The net income of $2,269 will be used by BURN NFP to help fund it's ongoing Art Grant program and the BURN/BWB Civic Grant Program.


Because this won't fully fund the program at past levels, we can still use your support:

1. If you use Amazon to do your holiday or other shopping, use this link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-0670365 and Amazon will make a donation to Bold Urban.

2. Donations are accepted on paypal at donations@boldurban.org or by mail at P.O. Box 5992, Chicago, IL 60680.

3. If you work for a company that matches charitable donations, see if Bold Urban Renaissance Network is in your system and if not, contact us at info@boldurban.org and we'll get you the info you need.



Chicago Community Grant Program now accepting submissions!

Submissions are open for the May 20th *Chicago Community Grant Program*. We want to fund your community project!

Apply for a $1,000 opportunity to help fund your vision for creating positive change here in Chicago. Deadline is 4/24!

Learn more about the grant program, and submit your proposal, here: http://boldurban.org/community-grant-program/about-the-ccgp/

Feel free to give this information to anyone you feel might benefit from this program, and please direct any questions to civicgrants@boldurban.org.
We look forward to being inspired by your ideas!
-The Chicago Community Grant Program

The Lantern :: Chicago's Burning Man Newsletter :: 3/24/15

~~**)'(**~~  B.U.R.N Updates  ~~**)'(**~~

  • BURN Art Grant Deadline - April 1st

  • BURN Happy Hour - Meet & Greet at Twisted Spoke - April 15th

  • BWB/BURN Chicago Community Grant Program Salon - May 20th


~~**)’(**~~  Non- B.U.R.N. UPDATES ~~**)’(**~~

  • Edible Alchemy presents: Through the Looking Glass Dinner - March 27th

  • The Lusty Llama Lounge - March 28th

  • Chicago Urban Ranger Bunch (CURB) Meet & Greet - April 1st

  • Brunch Beats - April 12th

  • Whimsy & Wickedness: A Fabulous Gothee Fundraiser - April 18th

  • BEDxChicago II - April 25th


Any community member with an idea to present to BURN-Ops is welcome- and enthusiastically encouraged - to contact us at info@boldurban.org.


If you would like your announcement featured in the Lantern, send your copy to Puma @ ginamarie.koontz@gmail.com by the 14th of each month!



B.U.R.N. Art Grant Submission Deadline Approaching


The deadline for the Bold Urban Renaissance Network (BURN) 2015 Spring Cycle for Art Grants is in just ONE WEEK -  Wednesday, April 1st at 11:59pm.


Please read the FAQ found here before you apply:


Apply online here: http://boldurban.org/art-grant-form/


The Spring cycle seeks to help fund art for Resonate, Lakes of Fire, and other Spring/ early Summer events but our applications are always rolling so if you want a grant for Burning Man or for the Fall it's ok to go ahead and apply now. This will be the only cycle before Lakes of Fire.


We can't wait to see what you freaks come up with!


-BURN Art Grant Committee




Chi-Burners Happy Hour

April 15th, 2015



Twisted Spoke

501 N Ogden Ave,

Chicago, IL 60642


Join us at Twisted Spoke for the April Burner Meet & Greet - hosted by Krueger!


B.U.R.N. 501(c)3's Events Committee and B.U.R.N. Ops are excited to be hosting our 4th monthly happy hour. The idea's pretty simple - food and libations on (usually) the third Wednesday of the month.

The locations will vary, but generally the Happy Hours will be at places that are easily accessible via CTA, never-any-cover,and mostly with food served. We are also trying to cover many areas of the city geographically, to the maximum extent possible - so the locale's will travel.


Stay tuned for information about the May Happy Hour at Delilah’s.




Submissions Open Chicago Community Grant Program May 2015


Announcing application opening for the May 2015 *Chicago Community Grant Program*.

We want to fund your community project!


Apply for a $1,000 opportunity to help fund your vision for creating positive change here in Chicago. Deadline is Mid-April (Deadline announced in a few days)!

Learn more about the grant program, and submit your proposal, here: http://boldurban.org/community-grant-program/about-the-ccgp/


Four applicants will be selected to present their proposal at a public Salon on *May 20th*, where attendees will vote for the community project they believe deserves the grant.


Feel free to give this information to anyone you feel might benefit from this program, and please direct any questions to civicgrants@boldurban.org.

We look forward to being inspired by your ideas!

-The Chicago Community Grant Program




Edible Alchemy presents: Through the Looking Glass Dinner


Friday March 27, 2015

doors at 7pm, supper at 7:30pm

@Eco Collective 2042 W 21st Street

$50 for 4 courses with drink pairings (all included)

$20 little person, or $35 without drinks

RSVP at http://bit.ly/ealookingglass


Through the Looking Glass Supper : a twisted tread for the senses, big and small!

EA's Alice in Wonderland twist on reality features tasty tea cakes, savory biscuits, english buttery mushroom kale vegetarian pasty, tiny forks, crafted cocktail, chess galore, and interactive elements.  Exclusively vegetarian dinner featuring local food goodness and beautiful presentations.  Jaberwocky beware!




The Lusty Llama Lounge

at Transamoeba Studios

Saturday, March 28th



Lounge in luxury with your friends at Transamoeba Studios as we share an eclectic evening.


Join us for creative cocktails, fabulous friends, awesome art, specialty snacks, heavenly hookahs and multifaceted music.


There are a very limited number of tickets available for this event.

Get your discounted Early Llama tickets here:



More information available: https://www.facebook.com/events/1023497984331475/




CURB Meet & Greet

at Weegee’s Lounge

April 1st



Are you interested in becoming a Ranger?

  • Are you looking to get involved as a regional ranger - at events around Chicago or the Great Lakes?

  • Have you rangered at Chicago Decompression, Resonate, or Lakes of Fire and are looking to become a Black Rock City Ranger?


Come out to Weegee’s Lounge on April 1st for a drink & meet Regional and BRC Rangers from the Chicago area. Our local Ranger group (Chicago Urban Ranger Bunch - or CURB) will be there to answer any questions about what rangers do, what trainings are available, or anything else you’d need to make a decision about if/how you’d like to get involved.


Any questions can be sent to Ranger Fishfood at  redundant_one@yahoo.com.




Brunch Beats

at C-Haus

Sunday, April 12th


$10 Donations at the door


Spring is here!!




Brunch, beats and a little art market. Family friendly event. Come join us on this lovely Sunday and lets mingle, eat good food, laugh, drink the good stuff and dance till the sun goes down.


It's going to be a delightful eggspierence!!!


Want to volunteer? Please email ayda.keshtkar@gmail.com


Want to have a booth to vend? Please fill out this form





Whimsy & Wickedness: A Fabulous Gothee Adventure Featuring Burlesque, Dancing, and Costume Contest


Saturday, April 18

8:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Eco Collective


Frolicking pixies tease brooding wizards, elves arm wrestle dwarves, rogue adventurers swap tales with lovable outlaws. Come meet up with fellow adventurers for drinking debauchery, dancing delights, fiery fun, free coffee and games of prowess. Tickets for this fundraiser event are a suggested donation of $15, or $10 in advance or in costume.






The Chicago Bureau of Erotic Discourse presents


BEDxChicago II

April 25th, 2015


Catalyst Collective


X = An independently organized BED event.


Join us for our second event in series of symposia highlighting clarity & consent in any form of sexual expression.


We are still looking for speakers for our April event. If you have a topic related to sexual negotiation, consent issues, or something else you think you think relates, please email arielledyan@gmail.com or ginamarie.koontz@gmail.com.


BEDx was created in the spirit of TEDx's mission, "ideas worth spreading."



This event is a safe space for anyone of any sexual orientation and gender identity to express their sexual experiences, desires, questions, and concerns confidentially and without fear of judgement or harassment. Personal stories will not be shared outside this event. If you cannot commit to respecting the sensitive nature of this event, please do not attend.



The Bureau of Erotic Discourse (BED) is a team of volunteers who help to provide information and education regarding issues of consent in the Burning Man Community. We present this information in a sex positive format, as we believe that fun, safe play is best approached by learning to acknowledge and express your own personal desires and boundaries, while respecting those of others.


. . . more B.U.R.N. info  . . . .  



BURNING MAN CHICAGO BOARD of OPERATIONS a.k.a. BURN-Ops - is a diverse, volunteer-based group of Chicago Burners who take an active role in supporting and growing Burner culture in the Chicago Metropolitan area.  We have various sub-committees that specialize in:  



* B.U.R.N., NFP Art Grants * Events :: Decompression, WeBurn Art Shows, and more!! * Monthly Meet 'n' Greets * Communications (Websites, the Lantern) * Biz Team (B.U.R.N. NFP board members) * Burners Without Border & the Civic Grants Program 




Bold Urban Renaissance Network is a Not For Profit (NFP) organization that fosters community growth through art, grassroots projects, and civic collaborations. We seek to create, display, and support interactive arts and civic participation that inspire action and connect people by moving them from passive spectators to creative participants. We believe this inspires positive creative change in the participants and in the wider community. 




Want to get more involved with B.U.R.N? We've always got something to do! If you're interested in the do-ocracy and want to be a positive catalyst in the vibrant and growing Chicago Burner Community, participate!



"We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community." 




To volunteer - go here! http://boldurban.org/volunteer/  

Or simply email info@boldurban.org


B.U.R.N., NFP - http://boldurban.org

Burning Man Chicago Social Network - http://burningmanchicago.org

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/BurningManChicago/

BwB-Chicago - https://www.facebook.com/bwbchicago



Puma, on behalf of the

B.U.R.N. Communications Team


©2016 B.U.R.N.