After a very difficult and sometimes painful process, we have made our decisions on the 2008 funded art honorariums. On behalf of the Art Grant Committee, I'm sorry to tell you that we will not be able to fund your project this year. We received over 170 proposals, and some very tough decisions had to be made. We received a very large number of theme-related projects based on the American Dream, including many from abroad. In the end, we funded 41 projects.
Please do not be discouraged! Take a look at the projects we funded in 2007: www.burningman.com/whatisburningman/200 ... unded.html
to get a sense of what kind of work we tend to support. When the 2008 funded projects are announced in the JRS, probably next week, please review them as well. Some of the things we look for are: originality, interactivity, theme-relatedness ( although not required), good design, an interesting premise or idea beyond the physical object, and reasonable budgets. We do not fund domes, tents, teepees, yurts, stages, performance or activities.
We hope that some of you will go ahead with your projects anyway, and if so we wish you the best with your fundraising efforts, and we hope to see your work on the playa. Please register your project via our online art questionnaire: http://forms.burningman.com/ArtInstallation2008
. You have until July 15 to do so, and one of our Artery staff will call you to discuss your project and to assist you.
Many thanks to all of you who are inspired to create art."
I guess we will not be ,anding on the playa this year.