Welcome to Tabula Rasa: An Afterburn Project


The focus of Tabula Rasa is the creation of an empty slate. We ask each participant to release their expectations, and focus their intentions on three of the ten principles gifted to the regional network by Larry Harvey:

  • Participation: “Our community is dedicated to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or the society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.”
  • Communal Effort: “Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.”
  • Radical Self-reliance: “Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise, and rely on his or her [or their] inner resources.”

In the spirit of Participation, there will be no spectators. Every participant will be expected to pARTicipate in some capacity. Participants not already working with a department or art project are encouraged to volunteer on the existing teams. Every participant will be expected to contribute to LNT (Leave No Trace) of their own space and join in the efforts of providing LNT for the property.

In the spirit of Communal Effort, participant ticket prices will cover the costs of basic infrastructure only. In order to maintain financial transparency and sustainability of this experiment, the event budget (provided here transparently as a LIVE link) is designed to be “net zero” with no room for anything superfluous; only the basic necessities.

Continuing in the spirit of Communal Effort, large art and civic projects, infrastructure builds, site prep and site teardown are community projects, not the responsibility of the Board of Directors of a 501(c)3 arts organization, nor the organizers. The land will be cleared to a reasonable expectation prior to the event. Any additional land clearing, trimming, mowing, or site improvements will be the responsibility of participants who will be given access to the property on the 11/3-11/4 (Volunteer Signup Link) work weekend prior to the event. From an organizational standpoint, participants are encouraged to contact the event’s Department of Public Works (DPW) if they’d like to get involved with additional setup efforts leading up to the event.

In the spirit of Radical Self-Reliance, participants are responsible for themselves, which includes basic concerns such as adequate attire (closed toe work boots are recommended), basic first aid necessities such as band aids and sunscreen, and basic insect treatments such as bug spray and itch relief especially for the fire ants on property. There will be no other warnings about this well-known issue that affects most outdoor land in this part of our state. This is not a beach or park. Please prepare accordingly.

Prepare for limited on-site medical services. Bring a first aid kit. Pace yourself. Know your limits.

Just like at Burning Man, participants are directed to bring all water necessary for drinking, cooking, and bathing for the duration of their stay. So far nobody has approached the event in forming an “Ice Camp” for on-site ice distribution, please contact Burnt Oranges to discuss your plan.

The event will provide basic portable restrooms for participants, who are asked not to deface them in any way, to help keep them sanitary, and bring additional paper products as desired to their own level of expectation.

For this year’s event, we are attempting 100% participation. During ticketing, each participant has pledged to do 3 hours of volunteering.

Burnt Oranges’ board of directors enacted an event operations committee in July that included all departmental leads, co-leads, the BOD, and any invited advisors. The structure of the event will be as follows:

  • Event Operations: There are five board members who will be running this event, with one BODOD (board of director on duty) at any given time. There are no event leads. BODOD can be reached on the radio at any time with the callsign AFTERBURN.
  • Event Departments: Some departments such as Sanctuary have been handed back to the community. Most departments have seen some level of restructuring to facilitate more do-ocracy and less Burnt Oranges responsibility. Each department has a board member acting as their facilitator. Ultimate responsibility for each department falls upon the lead / co-leads of that department as they have participated in the do-ocracy of the event by deciding to gift their time and energy in a leadership role. If you’d like to participate in the communal effort of the event by joining a department, you are encouraged to do so.
  • Event Participation: Participants who aren’t on a department roster will be given the opportunity to volunteer. Participants will be required to sign up for THREE (3) hours.
  • Event Art: Every dollar spent will be accounted for and published for the event’s participants to see.


Tickets are $90 for adults, $45 for ages 3-17, and free for those under 3.


For Mandarin donors, 2017 volunteers, and registered art projects and theme camps, you will be receiving an email with your ticket purchase codes. You do not need to worry about rushing to purchase your tickets as your tickets are reserved, just make sure to purchase them more than 24 hours prior to the event as ticket sales will close automatically at that point.

General on-sale will be October 5, 2018 at noon. There will be 500 tickets available. Each order may include four (4) adult tickets and an unlimited number of tickets for those 17 and under.

Ticket sales are handled through Brown Paper Tickets. If you need to transfer a ticket, change the name to match your ID that you’ll be presenting upon entry, or discuss billing concerns, that is handled through their customer service department at 1-800-838-3006 or support@brownpapertickets.com.

If your ticket concern is regarding purchase codes for the reserved groups listed above, please contact Burnt Oranges.

If you need reduced price tickets, please contact Burnt Oranges.

Event Details

Gates open at 8AM Friday, November 9, 2018.

The event officially ends at midnight Sunday, November 11. Anyone staying beyond noon on Monday, November 12 will be expected to be actively assisting in event tear down and LNT.

For those eligible for Worker Access Passes, entry will be available Thursday, November 8, 2018. You will be contacted regarding eligibility or you may email the board to explain your need for a Worker Access Pass.

The event will be in the same location as last year:

25 Sand Lake Road
Bartow, FL 33830

If you have event announcements you would like shared via this website, our Facebook Page, and email newsletter, please send an email to bob@burntoranges.org.

We look forward to burning with you!

2018 City Name and Event Theme

The look, feel and overall ambiance of an event is a chance for participants to come together in a shared vision, reality, and concept. Heck, even out in the desert they’re supporting the Silicon Valley Elite’s dark illuminnati desires for the coming Singularity.

Has this been on your mind? Participate in a brief survey and share your ideas, which we’ll curate and share in a future update for you to decide.

Afterburn 2018 Leadership Roles & Responsibilities

These are basic descriptions for each of our volunteer teams. When applicable, we’ve modeled our teams based on existing standards provided by Burning Man, and have provided links to their descriptions as well as our pages for each team. If you’ve read through everything here and linked to from here, but still have questions, we’ve provided contact information so that you may reach out to an Area Facilitator directly.

Volunteer Coordinators

Our vision is to move away from recruiting volunteers via Facebook posts and we hope to open the gates knowing that all key volunteer roles are filled. By defining our teams and giving co-leads the support and autonomy to create their own teams based, teams should be filled with people who either know each other already or are passionate about helping in a specific capacity. As we move towards this vision, the Volunteer Coordinator roles take a different form.

You know a ton of people – or are good at meeting people – and are good at identifying their interests, strengths, and weaknesses. You’re an excellent communicator as you’ll be helping route volunteer submissions to the appropriate team leads and making sure those leads follow through to activate volunteers. You’ll help team leads with scheduling and recruiting if they need it. During the event, you will communicate constantly with team leads to learn about additional volunteer needs and help get walk-up volunteers to the appropriate location. You will stay on top of team leads post-event to organize, compile, and record volunteer hours.

Volunteer Coordinators

We envision a team of three people:

  1. You know everyone, or seriously subscribe to the “I’ve never met a stranger” mentality. But not just a lot of people, the right people. We’d like to avoid the shotgun approach of volunteer recruiting by finding the right people for each position.
  2. You’re amazing with data entry. Every shift might look perfectly filled before we head out to the property, but those volunteer sheets will be a mess by the end of the weekend. You’ll decipher the mess and enter the data so we can keep track of volunteer hours.
  3. You will primarily liaise between your co-coordinators and the various department leads who need your volunteers. Especially in the days and weeks leading up to the event, you’ll need to be readily available as requests from departments come in and volunteers have scheduling issues.

Infrastructure Area Operations

Area Facilitator: Jennifer Boyer


You are the official welcoming party! Collectively, you will keep traffic flowing from the road until parking, check tickets and waivers, provide orientation to new burners to our event, and make everyone feel welcome. You remain calm and friendly easily because you’re the first people participants interact with. As much as applicable, this is based on Burning Man’s Gate, Perimeter and Exodus and Greeters teams combined. See our Welcome Home Crew page.


You’re the first to arrive and last to leave because you’re in charge of infrastructure. You’ll be asked to help with all nature of projects, being handy and a problem solver is beneficial. Standard issue all-black uniforms are not provided. Take a look at Burning Man’s DPW page as well as ours. Please contact current department lead EZ with any questions or to get acclimated.

LNT / Earth Guardians

Litter seriously pisses you off, but you’re able to educate instead of lecture. Your shifts will include MOOP sweeps and helping to educate participants who may be experiencing issues with being their own Earth Guardians. Gloves and bags are provided. Here’s Burning Man’s Earth Guardians page as well as ours.

Safety Area Operations

Area Facilitator: Morgan Patten


If you already know what a “Green Dot” is, this might be the place for you! Our Sanctuary is a place where people can feel comfortable despite a possible overindulgence. Your time will be spent maintaining and participating in what we hope to be the ultimate “chill zone”. People will come to you exhibiting an extreme range of mental and emotional conditions (medics take care of the physical conditions) and you’ll need the patience and people skills to comfort them until they are feeling Radically Self-reliant again. Learn more from Burning Man’s ART of Green Dot.


Rangers are our first response members of the community. You and a partner will monitor a section of the event to be as helpful as possible. This may be as simple as helping someone with a tarp that keeps catching the wind or as intense as being the first on the scene to a medical emergency. You’re the first to respond to incidents, and may coordinate with a variety of other departments in certain situations. This is a very important team within our community – Rangers are not law enforcement, but some of the first trained people to respond to situations that call for assistance. For more information, see Burning Man’s Ranger information and our page.

Fire & Perimeter Safety

You are our on-site fire department! We’re looking for at least 60 individuals to learn what it takes to burn safely, split up into teams of 20 for burns on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. You work to ensure fire art is safe, fires are contained, and burnable art is safely separated from participants via a human perimeter. Please read through Burning Man’s Fire Art Guidelines (yes, and all of those sub-pages) and Perimeter Support Group pages along with our Fire Team (CATS) page.


You will provide safety services to our pre-effigy burn conclave fire performers. Learn more from Burning Man’s Fire Conclave page as well as our Conclave information.


Based on liability concerns, both for the event/BOI and our medical volunteers, our volunteer crew of medics are available for only the most basic of first aid needs. Anything more serious will be handed off to our highly qualified team of paid outside medical support staff. See our page for more information.

Art & Community Operations

Area Facilitator: Sara LaRoux

Art Department

You work with our community of artists before, during, and after the event. You may be helping to come up with solutions to logistical problems in transporting art, holding a board while the artists hammers a nail, or helping to MOOP sweep after an installation has been removed. We are planning to model this on Burning Man’s ARTery (Artist Services). Also see our Art page. You can reach department co-leads Buttercup and Kevin at artcomms@burntoranges.org with questions; please fill out the leadership survey to participate.

Large Scale Art & Effigy Department

This team will be lead by our veterans to help us determine some “best practices” for burnable art including getting volunteers to assist with builds, giving an overview of fundraising efforts we’d like to incorporate this year, and discuss logistics of build week, event operations, and cleanup. This department operates within the Art Department listed above.


You may be asked to help with decor, work the info booth, help musicians carry their gear, refill community coffee/tea/water, and anything else related to our version of Burning Man’s Center Camp. Leading up to the event, you may help with signage, scheduling, and recruiting of artists/performers/speakers. See our Indaba page.

Theme Camp Liaison

Our theme camp team will review all theme camp registrations and work with camps to make sure their vision is well-defined and they have the resources they need. We’re looking to increase the quantity and interactivity of our theme camps, if you have ideas that can help us reach this goal, this might be a great opportunity for you! For questions please reach out to Sean (AKA Kurt D) or fill out the leadership survey.


As the event gets closer, we’re going to need to figure out where to put all of the theme camps, art, tents, cars, and RVs. This team will design the map as well as working with our Welcome Home Crew to help people find their designated areas upon arrival to the event. If you’d like to help with this effort, please email current department lead Tommy for more info or fill out the leadership survey.

Now that you know what each volunteer team does, let us know how you’d like to help on the Leadership Intake Form!

Afterburn 2018 Announcement

AfterBurn 2018 – What’s Your Vision?

[counter date=2018/11/10-21:00:00]In [remaining-dtimer] the original “Shelter from the Tempest” will be set ablaze in front of the community[after]If things went according to plan, the event described below happened [elapsed-dtimer] ago. The original “Shelter from the Tempest” will be set ablaze in front of our community November 2018[/counter].

The burning of this stylized temple offers a moment of reflection on the happenings of the previous year as we collectively let go those things which no longer suit us.

The night before, we hope that the community will gather for a shared meal before embarking on a night of radical self-expression including large-scale effigies, incredible amounts of participatory art, and an expression of gifting that brings newcomers into this event and shares what makes it important to us.

In the months and days prior, the event’s leaders will have already co-created a canvas for the participants, and join them as the gates open.

But in order for this to happen, the event needs leaders. AfterBurn 2018, with a tentative date of November 8-11, 2018 (entry Thursday, event ends Sunday, everyone leaves Monday AM), will only happen if the following roles are filled from within the community. This is your opportunity to step forward, begin planning, building, and creating.

As the organization is moving forward with seeking sanctioning for our event this year, with the hopes of receiving it by 2019, the main focus is on the event’s safety. While liability for these types of events is always a concern, we’d like to reach out to as many people as possible to help form a Fire Safety Team. If you have professional fire certifications, please contact us at board@burntoranges.org for information on how to get involved.

If available, direct contacts are listed if you have specific questions before submitting an application. There will be further opportunities for general volunteers in the months prior to the event. Leaders are expected to commit to at least five hours a month, and three onsite meetups in Bartow.

Specifically, AfterBurn leadership is needed in the following areas:

If you’d like to be considered for multiple opportunities and want to discuss what might best suit your interests, feel free to reach out to board@burntoranges.org. We’ll be scheduling “office hours” in July and August if you’d like to meetup in Orlando, Tampa, or Lakeland.

To begin the event leadership survey, click here.

If you’d like to learn a bit more about other opportunities to contribute, we’d love your input.

Attend A Builder, Artist and Maker Meetup

Our community have started hosting private gatherings to start connecting with each other. Find out more in the post “What’s a Builder, Artist and Maker Meetup?

Name the City. Submit a Theme.

Participate in the survey of what the place should be called, and submit your ideas on a theme to unite participation.

Afterburn 2018 Pre-Announcement: Communications

Before we can release the roadmap to Afterburn 2018, the Board of Directors would like to clearly define how you can get the latest, most accurate information related to our events.

The Burnt Oranges website will always be the home of official information related to Burnt Oranges events. We recommend subscribing to our email newsletter so you know you’ll receive the most up to date information.

If you’re not the email subscribing type, we will be sharing our news to the Burnt Oranges Inc Facebook Page.

One change is that we will be returning The Florida Burns ** )'( ** PreHeat & Afterburn Facebook Group back to the community. To reduce confusion, limit our liability, and act to protect the privacy of members of this community by dissociating our event from you, we will be removing the event names from the group name, changing it to The Florida Burns ** )'( **. Conversations in this group will no longer be monitored by the Burnt Oranges Inc Board of Directors. We hope that the community will turn this into a place where theme camp, art project, local community event, and all nature of other Florida Burn-related information can be shared and discussed.

Handing back the reigns to the Facebook Group does not mean we don’t want feedback! Your feedback is what allows us to have the kinds of events and community you want and we want to make sure that feedback gets to the right people.

If you’d like to reach us, the absolute best way is to email us. Following that, our contact form is a great option. We’ll do our best to respond to your written inquiries within a few business days. Notes sent on Facebook within a few weeks.

We’ve also made the decision to move all Afterburn (and future event) related information to the BurntOranges.org website. Our belief is this consolidated website will make it much easier for everyone to stay informed regarding all of the activities we are pursuing.

To recap:

  • BurntOranges.org is the home of all Burnt Oranges Inc information, including Afterburn and other events.
  • Subscribing to our email list will make sure you’re up-to-date about everything we do.
  • All news will also be shared to our Facebook Page.
  • The Florida Burns ** )'( ** PreHeat & Afterburn Facebook Group is being returned to the community, will have our event names removed, and will no longer be an official channel for communicating with Burnt Oranges Inc.
  • The Burnt Oranges board can be reached via our Facebook Page (good), contact form (better), or email (best).