Blurb of Bob Vol. 2 No. 4 – 2018

The Blurb of Bob AfterBurn 2018

The Blurb of Bob AfterBurn 2018

Volume 2, Number 4
November 2, 2018

In this issue:

  • Work weekend needs mowers
  • Four important facts about Gate
  • Safety Training is required for volunteers. Volunteering is required for participants. Therefore…
  • Volunteer Shout Out for Sanctuary
  • Have you signed up to volunteer yet?
    • WWW, Theme Camp Registration, Tickets, and more

Hey, guys!

Tomorrow at 10 am, I’ll be at the AfterBurn property to help with mowing, brush-clearing, flagging, inventory, and whatever a Bob can do to assist. I’ll report back to you with my findings on Tuesday. If you can, come out and join us! The signup link for Woodchuck Weekend is included below.

This is my fourth bi-weekly edition of “All the AfterBurn news that’s fit to print.” I hope you’re finding this format informative and useful — if not, just tell me! I’m open to feedback at

Just think, next week this time, we’ll be Burning together. How ’bout that?


Work weekend needs mowers

From Ben & Robl

There’s a lot of grass to be cut on the property this weekend. If you’ve got a mower and a few hours, we can use your help! We’ll be out there all day Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4. Sign up here.

Four important facts about Gate

From the Welcome Home Crew

  1. Gate Hours
    Friday: 8 am – Midnight.
    Saturday: 8 am – 6 pm.
    Sunday 8 am – 7 pm. (exit only, no entry)
  2. Do not forget your ID. The name on your ticket MUST match your ID. If you need to change the name on a ticket contact Brown Paper Tickets.
  3. You MUST print out your ticket.
  4. This is a no-reentry event. Bring everything you need, because if you leave, you cannot come back.

Safety Training is required for volunteers. Volunteering is required for participants. Therefore…

From Justin

At AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa, Safety Training applies to everyone! All volunteers must attend one of the following training sessions at Ranger HQ. No one will be permitted to use a radio or golf cart without this training.


  • 5 pm
  • 7 pm (Ranger Khaki)


  • 12:30 Board/ESD/CATS
  • 2:30 pm
  • 5:00 pm


  • 10:00 am
  • 2:30 pm


  • 10:00 am
  • 2:30 pm

Have you signed up to volunteer yet?

If you like what you see, it’s thanks to our volunteers. If you don’t like what you see, it’s due to a lack of volunteers. Use these links to sign up today!

Volunteer Shout Out for Sanctuary

From Co-Coordinators Melissa & Savvy )'(

Sanctuary is a space where participants can find safe haven for reflection, or reintegration within the self after a shattering or emotionally harrowing experience, we offer peer-to-peer support. While the experiences within Sanctuary are personal, specific, and subjective, the Green Dots mission will always be simply offering support.

Training will be provided onsite, we would love to have your warm hearts and smiling faces join our Sanctuary/Green Dot family!

If you have any questions, concerns, or simply want to find out more information on how you can be more involved please reach out to us.

Here is the Sign Up Link:

The sky is falling! (i.e., timely announcements and critical links)

WWW Submissions

Use this form to submit your events. This coming Thursday, we’ll send out a comprehensive listing that you can print or save to your phone.

Theme camp registration still open

Theme camp registration is still open at

Got your ticket?

Here’s the link to tickets for AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa:

About Bob

Bob is a radical communicator who believes in civic responsibility and wants to keep you apprised of everything AfterBurn-related. Bob regrets any fake news you may have received regarding Bob’s relationship status and has no idea who Pumpkin is.

You can email Bob at with questions, concerns, or submissions to this announcement list.


Blurb of Bob Vol. 2 No. 3 – 2018

Blurb of Bob

Blurb of Bob

Volume 2, Number 3
October 30, 2018

In this issue:

  • No spectators: All the volunteer signups in one place
  • Gate hours, workers’ passes, and more
  • Woodchuck Weekend: The fun, hard-working way to spend Nov. 3 and 4*
  • WWW submissions now open
  • The Indaba is your place

*Bob is not infallible, and previously announced the wrong dates. Woodchuck weekend is Saturday and Sunday.

Hey, guys!

First of all, I want to thank everybody who wrote to me after my last issue. Your content submissions and offers to help are much appreciated! And your questions help me figure out what I need to address in future issues. So keep those emails coming to, and I’ll keep you in the loop on what’s happening.

We recently received the following in an email that captures how important AfterBurn is to members of our community: “I have truly found my community and my drive and my family…I am going to sign up for least one shift in every single department. Should anyone in any department need me for any reason at any time, if you see me walking by, call out or grab me and say “hey we need you, at *insert Department here*, and I will do the best that I can for whoever it is that asked me.”

100% participation: How ’bout that?


No spectators: All the volunteer signups in one place

From Mad Samurai

Tabula Rasa requires 100% participation from attendees — there are no spectators. When you get your ticket, you pledge to volunteer for a minimum of 3 hours.

What can you volunteer for? Here are the SignUp Genius links for all open AfterBurn departments.

Gate hours, workers’ passes, and more

From the Welcome Home Crew

The Gate opens in 9 days! Are you ready? Here’s everything you need to know about Gate Entry for AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa.

Gate Hours for General Public
  • Friday: 8 am – Midnight.
  • Saturday: 8 am – 6 pm.
  • Sunday 8 am – 7 pm. (exit only, no entry)

Do not forget your ID. The name on your ticket MUST match your ID. If you need to change the name on a ticket contact Brown Paper Tickets. (Information in Brown Paper Tickets link) You MUST print out your ticket.

About Workers’ Passes

Workers’ Passes are for early entry by approved build teams ONLY. If you have a Theme Camp or Build Crew for your art installation, you MUST send your list of requested Early Entrants to with First and Last name and what Team/Crew. If you are not on the list for early entry, you will not be admitted on site until Regular Gate hours (above)

Volunteering with the Welcome Home Crew

If you want to volunteer for gate/greeter shifts, use the link above or contact Jolly Hope DuPuy, the Welcome Home Crew Coordinator at You must have at least two prior welcome home crew shifts to be a lead — contact Jolly for a Lead Shift access code (

Official Gate Entry Information and Policies

For full Gate Entry information go to the website:

Woodchuck Weekend: The fun, hard-working way to spend Nov. 3 and 4

This coming Saturday and Sunday, a whole bunch of participants will be getting a preview of the AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa site. It’s Woodchuck Weekend, and we could use your help! Bring your unique skills, tools, and work gloves and help us get ready for the Burn. Bring a tent for the weekend or come for one day. Here’s the signup:

WWW submissions now open

From the Indaba team

What interactivity is your camp offering? Let everyone know by submitting your activity to the AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa What-Where-When. The full listing will be available for download before the event and will be posted at the Indaba. The new Town Crier will also be available to promote your activities. Come to the Indaba and ask about Town Crier service.

Here’s the form to submit your WWW events:

If you don’t have a theme camp, you can still have a scheduled event! Read on for information about holding your event in the Indaba.

The Indaba is YOUR place

The Indaba is an all-ages central gathering space for participants, with seating, shade, and information about what’s going on across the event. If you would like to offer a workshop, perform live music, hold a discussion, play board games, or do live painting, we have room for you. Email with your idea.

Indaba Hosts will facilitate your event and help you promote it. To volunteer as a host, visit Signup Genius and choose a shift.



Theme camp registration is still open at


Here’s the link to tickets for AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa:


Email me at with questions, concerns, or submissions to the Blurb of Bob.

Blurb of Bob Vol. 2 No. 2 – 2018

Blurb of Bob volume 2 number 2

Blurb of Bob volume 2 number 2

Volume 2, Number 2
October 26, 2018

In this issue:

  • Staying Healthy And Hydrated Are Sexy
  • Warm Hearts And Smiling Faces Needed At Sanctuary
  • If You Have Credentials, Medics Needs You
  • Burgers Without Orders Might Serve You…Or Might Not
  • Calling All Healers
  • Woodchuck Weekend
  • Theme Camps
  • Afterburn: Tabula Rasa Tickets

Hey, Guys!

As promised, I’m here to keep you updated and informed about AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa. Do you want to know where the information comes from? Check this out:

1 – AfterBurn volunteers submit department announcements to
2 – Participants (this means YOU) submit fun and interesting information about projects and theme camps to
3 – Bob reads ALL your emails and loves hearing from you!
4 – Bob compiles submissions into easy-to-digest blurbs and broadcasts them on a bi-weekly basis.
5 – Bob publishes using the Burnt Oranges blog and email list. In the spirit of radical inclusion, anybody on the internet can read Bob’s Blurbs. This could be your 15 seconds of fame!

Members of the Bob team don’t use Facebook to gather or share information, because not everybody has access to it. However, if you would please share my posts on your Facebook pages or feed, we would be thrilled by the additional exposure!

As I wrote in my previous issue, this is a two-way street. If you have a question or a concern about the event, or you just can’t find the information you need on the website, email me. I’ll make sure you get an answer.

How ’bout that?

Staying healthy and hydrated are sexy

From the AfterBurn Medic Team

Are you packing all the things for Afterburn 2018: Tabula Rasa? The el wire, your art, your air mattress…that perfect costume you’ve worked on for a month? Well, here’s a friendly (and serious) reminder to also pack your FIRST AID KIT! Don’t leave home without it!

Embrace radical self-reliance, and make sure you have what you (or your camp) needs to handle bumps, cuts, bug bites and cramps! Ladies- pack feminine hygiene stuff, even if you aren’t expecting your period! On-site medics are community volunteers, and our primary purpose is to help with assessment of serious injuries or illness. We have limited first aid supplies, so you are EXPECTED to provide your own!

What should you pack in your first aid kit? Here’s a good starting point:

  • Band aids (all sizes), antibiotic ointment
  • Anti-itch cream, sun screen
  • Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, anti-diarrheal, antihistamine
  • Pepto Bismol, or something similar for upset stomach
  • Dry chemical ice packs, ace bandages
  • Do you have a chronic condition or severe allergies? Bring your supplies!
  • Severe allergies to stinging insects? Bring your epi-pen.
  • High blood pressure? Bring your meds.
  • Diabetes? Bring your syringes, your insulin(s), your meter
  • Asthma? Bring your inhaler(s).

Lastly, be prepared to stay hydrated through the event. 2 gallons of water per person per day is a common standard. Staying hydrated is sexy! Don’t be the pukey friend that partied all night, forgot to drink water for a day and now needs a trip to the hospital for IV fluids. It’ll be expensive, and it will affect everyone around you (and not in a good way).

Want to know more? Reach out to your medics! We’re happy to help you build the perfect safety net for you and your camp! Email us at

Warm hearts and smiling faces needed at Sanctuary

From Melissa & Savvy of the Sanctuary Team

Sanctuary is a space where participants can find safe haven for reflection, or reintegration within the self after a shattering or emotionally harrowing experience, we offer peer-to-peer support. While the experiences within Sanctuary are personal, specific, and subjective, the Green Dots mission will always be simply offering support.
Training will be provided onsite, we would love to have your warm hearts and smiling faces join our Sanctuary/Green Dot family!

If you have any questions, concerns, or simply want to find out more information on how you can be more involved please reach out to us. You can sign up for a volunteer shift here:

If you have credentials, Medics needs YOU

From Daisy, Burnt Oranges Medic Volunteer Coordinator & Medicnatrix Extraordinaire

Any participant who wants to volunteer for medics need to email the team directly at If you’ve never worked as a medic with BOI, we’ll need copies of your credentials. The shifts are 4 hours from 08:00 to Midnight Friday & Saturday (noon to 16:00 is already full) and 08:00 to 20:00 Sunday.

Please note, NO shift requests will be accepted if sent via FB Messenger, text to my personal phone, email to my personal email or via any thread in any social media. In other words, you must use or risk being completely ignored.

Burgers Without Orders might serve you…or might not

From the Burgers Without Orders Team

Where is BWO?(Bartow, Florida) Known throughout the burnerverse, Burgers Without Orders will be slinging burgers at Tabula Rasa with a sense of decency, style, and dedication only found in half-baked ideas that require no forethought.

You may have a hard time finding them, but trust your nose. When you smell seared meat, follow it. Long pants and hard-soled shoes are suggested. PLEASE DON’T F’ING WEAR FLIP FLOPS.

Come without expectations and you might get a burger. Come with an order and you’ll get nothing.

Hours: Midnight – 4AM
Location: See map, above


Our cooks just said we messed this up completely. We were supposed to be recruiting people, not showing the map.
ANYONE interested in BWO (Burgers Without Orders) participation will receive DOUBLE volunteer credits.
A link to BWO service is now live on SignUpGenius:

Calling all healers

From David of The Magic Touch theme camp

The Magic Touch is recruiting for AfterBurn. If you are a healer, especially with holistic skills, and you’d like to camp with us, please contact David at and mention The Magic Touch theme camp or healers or something like that in the subject line. I will want to talk with you by phone to fill you in on camp history and our vision. We are also looking to expand into the educational field so if you’d like to present a workshop or lecture on a holistic topic, don’t hesitate to contact me.

The sky is falling! (i.e., Timely Announcements & Critical Links)

Can you help us out at Woodchuck Weekend?

It’s November 3 and 4, the weekend before the event. Here’s the signup:

Have you registered your theme camp? Time’s running out!

Theme camp registration is open until Wednesday, October 31 at

Most importantly: Do you have your ticket?

If not, here’s the link:

Blurb of Bob Vol 2. No. 1 – 2018



Hey, Guys!

I’m baaaack! This is your friendly AfterBurn spokesperson, Bob. I was recently called out of my well-deserved Florida shuffleboard retirement when a handful of AfterBurners said, “WTF happened to Bob?”

For the next few weeks, I will do my best to organize and share the news and information you need to pARTicipate at AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa. I’ll post everything on the Burnt Oranges Blog, so if you miss an issue, you can find it in one place. And I’ll send it via email as well.

This is a two-way street — I need to hear from you as well! Please email me at if you have questions about the event or want to tell everybody about the super-exciting things you are bringing this year.

How ’bout that?



AfterBurn is put on by a group of volunteers organized into teams. Here is a list of the departments, so you can see what it takes to put on this event:

Art Department & Art Grant Committee (Link Coming)

CATS Fire and Event Safety

DPW Dogs (Department of Public Works infrastructure)

Earth Guardians (Leave No Trace)

Indaba (includes Info Booth functions) (Link Coming – contact


Parking (Link Coming – contact

Placement (Link Coming – contact


Sanctuary (Link Coming – contact

Volunteer Coordination (Link Coming – contact

Welcome Home Crew

Theme Camps – Contact


If you don’t have your ticket yet, please jump over to Brown Paper Tickets now. The earlier you purchase a ticket, the easier it is for the organizers (that list above) to plan infrastructure and activities. Here’s the link:


From Sean, our Theme Camp Department Lead:

Theme Camp registration is open and we are keeping registration open as long as we can before the event.

Please register at :

Here is the list of great theme camp entries we have  received as of 6 pm on 10/18 (ordered by date of registration) :

Camp Middle School Dance

A**holes Anonymous (camping in association with Those A**holes)

Shivered Timbers

Flying Carpet Camp

We’re Bananas

Burgers Without Orders

Those A**holes/A**holes Anonoymous

Camp Java (in Indaba Willage)

Camp Psychonaut

Indaba Willage

The Magic Touch

The Happy Spot (in Indaba Willage)

Nomad’s Land

Peter’s Photo-Wall and Foto-Tent

If you have any questions about theme camp registration please contact Sean at

We know of one camp that attempted to register early on, but was not successful. We don’t know the reason, but we do know the form is definitely working.  If you registered your camp early on and you are not on this list please register again. You will get an automated notice if you complete the registration successfully. 

Thank you for your community participation!


…however, it needs you to make it that way.

On November 3 and 4, one week before AfterBurn, a special group of individuals gather on the property to get it ready. What makes them special? They get an extra weekend with their Burner friends, in exchange for a couple of days of hard work. You can be one of those special people! There’s something for everyone to do, depending on ability and willingness. Extra points if you have saws, chainsaws, or mowers. You can also come and feed the volunteers. Check out the Sign-Up page here:


From the Indaba team:

The Indaba is your place, where you can start a discussion, share world-changing ideas, make music, and meet new friends. If you are a welcoming person, we can use your help! Please consider signing up as an Indaba Host.

Do you want to give a workshop or a speech? Book your time in the Indaba now by emailing If you have an idea while you are at AfterBurn, we’ll promote it on the whiteboard when you arrive.

At the Indaba, you can attend an activity, put on an activity, promote your theme camp activity, or find out about theme camp activities. In other words, it’s all about participation. Think of it as a physical What-Where-When.

Indaba Schedule so far…

Friday, 7 pm: Community potluck — bring a dish to share, and your own plates and utensils

Saturday, 11 pm: The First Annual Inaugural Joke-Telling Hour

Sunday, noon: Storytelling circle — bring your best Burner stories

If you have an idea for the schedule, let us know! We’ll make it happen!


If you are building an art piece before the burn starts, please find Buttercup or Kevin Bean. We are adding a new part of infrastructure called the Art Department. If you’re feeling stuck or need a hand during your project, find them for support! 



This year during the Florida Arts Road show, burning man artist Tyson Ayers decided to donate a Sound Cave to our community.

It’s built with 4 baby grand piano sound boards and a grand piano that you can play. You can read more about his project here:

We need to move it out of The Dead Lizard, where it’s been since March and take it to Bartow for the community to enjoy at Afterburn 2018: Tabula Rasa.

And we need help. While this event says it’s starting today, that’s just the first time we could attempt it. We’re looking for at least 4 people to confirm a date they’re available, and then we’ll schedule it. If we can then get 4-5 people to help during work weekend to assemble it, then we’ll have one of the coolest art pieces to enjoy. Work weekend signups are available on SignUP Genius. If you’d like to be part of an art team, leave your availability here and we’ll update the “event” as soon as we have 4 helpers. Thanks in advance! While this is shown as evening times, if you’re available daytimes, drop that in the responses too.

If you’ve got a box truck, or flatbed trailer, drop a line about that too.


AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa Temple & Effigy Crowdfunding Campaign

Burnt Oranges is devoted to cultivating interactive art through artist funding and advocacy, by creating supportive venues for interactive artists and performers, and through public education of interactive art.

For this year’s AfterBurn: Tabula Rasa event, the organization donated $5000 toward art, effigies, temples, and related expenses. We’re trying to raise some additional funds to ensure that the effigies being built have the materials they need, and we can’t do it without your help.

The event is funding two effigy projects. You can see and learn more about them on the web site at:

Josh Boyer is building a temple, and James Oleson is bringing a wire-framed project that’s covered in paraffin-dipped muslin fabric that will burn like a candle. We’re also burning last year’s “Shelter From the Tempest” pirate ship that Matthew George and the Palm Beach Burner Collective built.

While we’d like to have ticket costs cover these expenses, the budget for this year’s event is going toward infrastructure only. From Porto’s to Radios, Insurance to Land Rent, it’s all 100% tied up in making sure the event can happen.

Each year at Burning Man, particpants donate thousands toward the temple build teams, individual art projects, and help make them happen. So that we can continue to help these artists make their dreams a reality, we’re asking for your help. We promised artists that we’d help them with Crowdfunding Campaigns if they needed it. The Temples and Effigies need it.

We’ve donated the $5000 in seed money to art, with $2400 going directly to the builds, $2000 to art grants, and $500 budgeted toward additional fuel, sand to keep the grass from burning, and fire safety equipment. Read more about that in our previous post.

Your donations go directly to art, and not to funding anything else in the organization. If you’re an art supporter and would like to donate, every donation helps. We’d suggest a $5 minimum, but please give what you can afford.

(Donate to Effigies and Temples)

Currently Registered Art Projects and Art Honoraria

Burnt Oranges provided a $5000 donation to the event in order to allow artists the opportunity to receive funding, for effigies to be included in the event, and for us to maintain our core beliefs in creating venues and funding for participatory art.
Last night, the following submitted projects were approved for art grant funding, pending receipt of the art grant agreement and W9 forms:
Art grant recipients will receive an 80% payment now, and a 20% final payment at their installation.
Additionally, Skeeter Free Zone was offered $250 toward the project, but declined due to lack of funds from their own crowdfunding campaign.
For the honoraria for Temples and Effigies, the following project received an honoraria:
  • James Oleson – Transcendence of the Hippocampus: $1200
  • And we’ll also be setting fire to the original shelter from the tempest from 2017:
Honoraria recipients will have funding available now to complete their projects.
The remaining funding will be used in the art budget for effigy fuel (firewood), safety equipment (fire extinguishers), Sand bases, lighting, and other related expenses.
All submitted projects were funded to a certain degree, and we’d like to also thank Lance Barbour for registering his project, “Augmented Reality Sandbox“, that he’ll be bringing back and using the projector that was purchased in 2017 for art department project use.

Theme Camp Registration

Although theme camp registrations have been open for some time, it seems that the official announcement wasn’t published.

You can find the ability to register your theme camp here: Theme Camp Registration Form.

We’re extended the deadline for registration until Sunday, 10/21/2018 at 9PM.

Theme camp registration is required for placement, access to theme camp ticketing, and listing on the web site.



An Open Call For Supporters, Contributors, Facilitators, and Board Members

Founded in 2008, Burnt Oranges Inc. received 501(c)3 Charitable Organization and Florida Non-Profit Corporation status in 2010. Operated by a Working Board of Directors, the organization has no employees.

If you’re unfamiliar with this type of oversight, check this article about what an AVO is: From the article:

Two responsibilities in particular are uniquely important in AVOS: recruiting new leaders, and turning over responsibilities to them. Sometimes long-time leaders and volunteers view the organization as “their baby” and are sharply critical and undermining of anyone whose approach is different. Letting go is difficult for them. They may find fault with new volunteers, or refuse to allow newcomers to take on real responsibility. Board members who truly believe in the organization’s work will want to ensure that they encourage new leaders (even if they seem to be doing it all wrong at first) and let the organization grow into its own future. (This may mean allowing current activities to die out and new activities to take their place.)

For the organization to move forward, it must remain dedicated to its mission and goals:


Burnt Oranges is devoted to cultivating interactive art through artist funding and advocacy, by creating supportive venues for interactive artists and performers, and through public education of interactive art.


It’s important to post here the items from the original documentation submitted to the IRS in Form 1023 ATTACHMENTS – original submittal which show how the organization would accomplish this mission, and which granted Burnt Oranges, Inc. 501(c)3 exemption status:

PUBLIC ART EXHIBITIONS: The main activity of Burnt Oranges Inc. will be to encourage, promote, and support the production of community-based interactive art and the display of that art to the public. To accomplish this, Burnt Oranges will work to identify appropriate sites and venues for the public presentation and display of interactive artwork. Burnt Oranges will especially focus on venues and exhibition opportunities that emphasize the civic and social functions of these art works.

Burnt Oranges Inc. plans to organize and conduct public exhibitions of the community-based, interactive art it promotes, at a variety of different sites and venues.

A PERMANENT PUBLIC ART EXHIBITION. Burnt Oranges plans to establish a permanent, year-round, ongoing public exhibition of community-based interactive art. The location of this will be in the Central Florida area, and will be Burnt Oranges’ main center and facility for the development, display, and celebration of the innovative, community-based, interactive art that it seeks to encourage.

TRAVELING ART EXHIBITIONS. Burnt Oranges plans to organize a traveling exhibition of community-based, interactive art that can be taken out “on the road” and displayed at dozens of other major citiesthrough the country.

DISPLAYS AT OTHER PUBLIC EVENTS. Finally, Burnt Oranges also plans to display the community-based, interactive art that it seeks to encourage, at a variety of art festivals and other public events that are compatible with this form of innovative art. These will include artistic festivals such as the Burning Man gathering, which is an annual festival of innovative art and culture that takes place in a remote desert area of Nevada.

Beyond the creation of these venues, Burnt Oranges also funds the creation of art through grants. If you’d like to participate in the granting process, please email to join a committee. Here’s how this was originally laid out:

GRANTS TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY-BASED, INTERACTIVE ART: In order to promote the development of community-based, interactive art which can be part of its public art exhibitions, Burnt Oranges plans to provide financial support for artists who will work to produce innovative, creative examples of interactive, community-based art. Burnt Oranges intends to support only art projects that otherwise could not be produced through the support of the existing commercial and institutional mainstream art community.

There is a great need for the work of Burnt Oranges because, unfortunately, there are currently no dedicated sources of arts funding that specifically support and facilitate community-based, interactive art, despite a 50 year history of such work going back to Allan Karprow’s “Happenings” of the late 1950sand early 1960s.

Third, Burnt Oranges seeks to aid a collective or artists in the community by supporting these efforts. If you’re interested in contribution to this capability, please email Here’s the original intent:

DEVELOPMENT OF AN ARTISTIC COMMUNITY PRODUCING INTERACTIVE ART: In addition to promoting and supporting the production and public exhibition of innovative examples of community- based, interactive art, Burnt Oranges will help the artists who produce it by developing a networked community of artists that can collaborate and work together to produce interactive art. This networked community will provide the artists with contacts that can supply them with inspiration, collaboration, material resources, technical assistance, volunteer services, and financial aid.

Many artists have not been able to develop the collaborative strategies and techniques needed to produce the unusual, innovative interactive art that Burnt Oranges wishes to promote. Burnt Oranges will work to create and provide a laboratory for the development for informal, artistic project-driven networks through which collaborative efforts can produce community-based, interactive art.

As part of this work, Burnt Oranges may develop a year-round arts center and artistic residency program. This center will provide a site for artists from all around the world to come and work together in a dynamic laboratory for the creation of collaborative artistic projects, involving many different artists in the shared production of community-based, interactive art. This facility will be part of the interactive- art network that Burnt Oranges intends to help create and support. Accomplished artists will be offered short-term residency programs to help facilitate the collaborative production of these interactive art projects. The art produced, and the process of creating that art, will be displayed to interested members of the public.

Lastly, the development of Educational Outreach Programs is the final pillar of the Organization. If you’re interested in doing outreach on behalf of Burnt Oranges, please email your program ideas, fundraiser ideas, and how you’d like to assemble your project to Here’s the original intent:

EDUCATIONAL PUBLIC OUTREACH PROGRAMS. Finally, Burnt Oranges intends to educate the general public about the spiritual value and social relevance of community-based, interactive art. For this to happen, the public must have opportunities to see and interact with this unusual art form. Burnt Oranges will utilize every opportunity, including its own public display and exhibition of this art as well as providing funds for art supplies and art programs at public schools and community centers, to educate the public about the larger social and cultural importance of interactive art. As stated above, the ultimate mission of Burnt Oranges is to use public exhibitions focusing on interactive art, to promotea revival of art’s culture-bearing and socially connective functions. As part of this, Burnt Oranges seeks to educate the public about the need to free art from its dependence on the commercial marketplace, and to reintegrate it into public and community settings.

The Above Charter is the Road Map

At no time has the Organization voted to change any of this. While the original intent may have been sidelined in the favor of “producing events” throughout the past ten years, the current direction of the Board of Directors is to support these, intact.

I’m interested in helping lead AfterBurn in the future:

For the community members who are interested in the facilitation, administration and overall production of the Sanctioned, Central Florida Regional Burn, we’d encourage you to submit your intentions to assist with this via a letter mailed to us at our mailing address, or via email: Those with operational plans, management plans, property ideas, etc are requested to send their agenda, staffing, event budgets, safety plans, and training plans to the BOD for inclusion in the voting process for the next “Event Lead” for 2019. Email to start this process.

I think the Organization should move in a different direction:

It’s difficult to change an existing charter, but not impossible. While we are open to hearing ideas, it’s best if they fit within the above strategy.

If you’d like to add your ideas to the mission and vision, just submit your intentions on how you’d like to help. The current BOD is open to hearing how you’ll be using the 100-1000 hours a year you put into this. And if someone amazing steps up, let’s make them president, and allow them to lead. This isn’t a popularity contest, nor does the office of Board Member come with any perks other than the ability to sweat (because Florida), donate time (because we’re an AVO), and expand your knowledge, capability, and integration with something MUCH larger than our little piece of it in central Florida. If you’ve ever dreamed of changing the world, it begins with the first step: changing your community first.

I want to help with the stated objectives of the Organization.
What do I do?

The first part of the process would be to let us know that your intentions include being able to help implement what’s listed above. Perhaps your background specializes in one of these. Perhaps you’ve got previous non-profit experience and would love to assist. The perfect response would be something you craft yourself, tell the BOD about your relevant experience, and then perhaps how YOU would implement something. Include your methods for volunteer recruitment for the cause, methods of keeping those volunteers accountable to do the things they say they’re going to do, and ultimately how you’ll deal with people accusing you of cheating them out of their party in a cow field instead of the stated objectives above. Feel free to use as much space as necessary. The BOD has the ability to create committees, task forces, and any other type of thing that might move it forward. But we can’t do it by adding additional titles to five people who have maxed out their capabilities just trying to make sure that you can still burn stuff and complain while doing it. Whether you think you’re qualified for a board seat, a committee chair, a contribution in the form of money or guidance, a workshop for artists, community builders, or something completely different, we ask that you draft an email, introduce yourself, and see if being a part of an AVO is for you.

But what about the community?

We’d love to see a community organize itself, and decide how they’d like to interact with the organization. While BOI desires for to create tons of trailheads for engagement; perhaps you’d like to help start one, or facilitate a group discussion on how the community can become more involved.

It’s impossible for an All Volunteer Organization to be any more advanced than the abilities of the volunteers of the community.

In order to achieve what’s listed above, BOI needs dozens, if not hundreds of volunteers who dedicate hundreds, if not thousands of hours to make it happen. Maybe that won’t be possible. Maybe it is. Email and be a part of an AVO.

Donations, the lifeblood of public charities.

501(c)3 organizations depend upon your tax-deductible contributions to make programs happen. Without funding, and the ability to raise funds for these programs there can be no future. If you’d like to contribute a charitable gift, contact for more information, or send your check to:

Burnt Oranges, Inc.
5337 North Socrum Loop Rd. #137
Lakeland, Florida 33809

If you’d like to support the year-round capabilities and operating budget of the organization, consider becoming a Mandarin Supporter.

If you’d like to support the organization through purchases, consider using us as your Amazon Smile Beneficiary. It costs you nothing, and shows up in our account.

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

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

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.