Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Regional Community

The BurningSNOW Center for the ExperiMENTAL Arts (a program of the Institute For Thought Incorporated), is located in Milwaukee, and serves as regional contact center for Wisconsin. Nearby cities include Madison, WI and Chicago, IL. We interact with the regional contacts from Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Canada and others. We organize Snowflake Village at Burning Man, a meeting place for Midwesterners. In addition to our regular monthly meetings, we hold regional urban burns on the Solstices and Equinoxes which are attended by people from all over the region. We also offer hooping, fire spinning and poi instruction year-round.

2013
Held smaller weekly meetings, and larger Monthly meetings at the BurningSNOW Center for the Experimental Arts in Milwaukee. These include newbie orientations, build parties, and art production meetings.
Held a variety of repeating, weekly Poi classes and glow spin jams.
Had several larger events, including:
On February 12 we organized the Riverwest Mardi-Gras Arts Parade, with people parading in costumes, carrying puppets and beads, spinning fire, etc. Four local venues participated as “stops” along the way and the last venue provided us with a live band.
From April 4-7 several Wisconsin people attended the GLC in Oakland, and Marilyn and I presented at a fire safety seminar.
On April 27 and 28 we attended a Lakes of Fire pre-production meeting in Montague MI where we met with the local fire chief.
In June we combined our summer event with Lakes of Fire in Michigan. We helped with the Fire Arts Safety Team, insuring that performance fire was done safely and legally.
In the run-up to Burning Man we conducted a number of Newbie orientation sessions, hosted a ride-and ticket matching board that allowed several new people to attend, and welcomed newbies to our Wisconsin camp within Snowflake Village.
On October 12 we held our Wisconsin Decompression event at the BurningSNOW Center for the Experimental Arts with about 40 attendees. We had indoor and outdoor structures, art pieces, huge amounts of donated food and drink, fire dancers, and an effigy burn with a new human-sized fire sculpture.
On November 2-3 we attended the lakes of Fire Leads Retreat in Chicago.
On December 21 we repeated our Saturnalia event from last year, to celebrate the shortest day of the year. About 35 people attended and there were games, people in togas, a Socrates cafe, platters of grapes and figs, the dancing of the Muses, the poetry of Sappho of Lesbos, and two sets from the band Edgar Allen Cash.
We continued to produce Brain Box TV, seen Thursdays at 10pm and Saturdays at 11pm on Milwaukee cable TV. The show often features segments from Burning Man and our local events.
We continued to facilitate local fire-spinning performances in City and County, parks and at civic events.
We arranged with a Madison Burner to have a Meet-n-Greet in Madison in the near future.

2012
Summer biweekly Burner Acculturation Meetings sessions at the BurningSNOW Center in Milwaukee.
June- joined with others to create Lakes of Fire, the official Great Lakes regional event in Rothbury, Michigan.
June- offered a Fire Safety pre-meeting to qualify fire spinners to perform at Lakes of Fire.
May & June- build meetings held in Wisconsin to pre-construct the Lakes of Fire Effigy.
April- organized a Burner campout event in rustic cabins at beautiful Point Beach State Park.
March & April- the Milwaukee Fire marshall approved a new extension to our firespinning protocol, including new safe and legal procedures for firebreathing.
February- organized the Riverwest Mardi Gras Parade of the Arts.
January- were one of three national finalists in the Bay View Art Stop design competition and was awarded $1,000.00.
Yearly- produced 12 episodes of Brian Box television, an independent cable-access shown twice a week that often features documentary segments about Burning Man.

2011
Held weekly Open House gatherings and monthly General Meetings at the BurningSNOW Center in Milwaukee, featuring videos, newcomer orientations, build parties, firespinning introductions, etc.
October- had our official Wisconsin Decompression event with live music, art, bands, firespinning, and an Effigy Burn.
June- joined with others to create Lakes of Fire, the official Great Lakes regional event in Rothbury, Michigan.
May- held our "summer-ish" burner event at the BurningSNOW Center.
March- organized the Riverwest Mardi Gras Parade of the Arts, with firespinners and costumed people.
January- held a winter Burner event with an Xmas Tree Burn in the new River Corridor portion of the Milwaukee River.
Yearly- produced 12 episodes of Brian Box television, an independent cable-access shown twice a week that often features documentary segments about Burning Man.

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Russian Wulfgar
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1997
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1997
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Forget Paris. Go to Burning Man. It's one of the world's centers of innovative design. You will see more astonishing things in a day than you will ordinarily see in a year. People from the Midwest can especially benefit from this. To contribute to this connection is a privilege.