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Each July on a local Utah playa, burners gather to celebrate our unique burner culture here in Utah. Not everyone has the opportunity to attend Burning Man in Black Rock City, but with our regional burn event, Element 11, more and more people will have the opportunity to experience the Burning Man culture. We invite you to come out, get involved and build, create, play & connect with us!
Element 11 is:
1. The eleventh element on the periodic table, sodium. The sixth most abundant element on earth. An identifying characteristic of Utah, given the Bonneville Salt Flats and the Great Salt Lake.
2. A volunteer-based non-profit organization with the mission to ignite a culture of creativity & self-expression! We provide a canvas for our community to play, dance, evolve, create & ignite.
3. A sanctioned regional Burning Man festival event dedicated to the Ten Principles and ethos of Burning Man. The Element 11 Arts Festival (UT Regional Burn) is held the second weekend of July each year.
4. A community of radically self-expressive artists, creators, innovators, do-ers, & participants who see art in all forms, in all ways, and in all people.
We interact with people from the three major northern cites of Salt Lake City, Provo and Ogden, along with some folks who live in the southern areas of the state.
Utah has a very active, diverse and established Burning Man community. We have annual summer and winter burns, quarterly meetings and ongoing community involvement. Many group members camp together on the playa as well as in Utah all throughout the year. We cross pollinate with neighboring regions as well, such as Las Vegas, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona, and Chicago.
Our first burning man inspired campout was in 1998, and our first official Utah Regional Burn was in 2001 at the Sun Tunnels and attend by Danger Ranger himself. We have grown considerably since then in creative presence, infrastructure and attendance, and anticipate to sell-out at 1,200 participants at Element 11 this July.
Element 11 is held at Seabase in Grantsville, UT in Mid-July and Decompression held in beginning of October. We host quarterly community meetings with the Element 11 Board of Directors and encourage our community to attend to understand what is going on in the community and to get involved at whatever level they're interested. We hold a Volunteer Vitalization event every year in April to kick off the festival season and to get volunteers signed up and involved with specific teams. Our Precompression event in May is targeted specifially for art projects where artists present their ideas and the community contributes their "art bucks" to fund projects.
Utah is found all over the playa, with camps at 10 o’clock and all the way to 3 o’clock, Some of them being: Cosmic Recess, Temple of Boom, Velvet soulmine, Hooptopia, and Jellycamp. We are also blessed with a huge art car presence: Mantis, Ganesha, Jellyfish, Scorpion, and The Polar Bear (to name a few). Art from Utah is everywhere and in every theme camp from Utah in numbers too large to mention.
We are very proud to have participated in the CORE project in 2011, 2012 & and again in 2013!