Art Grants for SunBurn 2016

The New Mexico Burners Art Department art grant applications for SunBurn2015 is open.

Thanks to proceeds from last years event, The NM Burners Art Fund is able to provide financial support for art projects at the NM Regional Events, Enchantment and Decompression. The goals of this fund are to inspire creativity, create space for community engagement at our events, and foster diverse works of art that reflect the values within our community.


Take Note:

To submit an application you will need to email us via the link at the bottom of this page.  The last day we will accept applications is Sunday, June 11th 2016 (you have till midnight). If we receive your application after this date, it will NOT be considered.  The more details you include, the less questions we’ll have for you, and the faster we can complete the decision process!  To be considered, please include drawings or diagrams to support your application, and provide a detailed budget. The Art Department will then review, ask questions, request revisions and then determine the award for approved projects.

Important Dates

05/12/16: Art Grant submissions open

06/11/16: Last day to submit proposals

06/18/16: Artists notified of awards

check in with your Art Department support team and keep informed as to the progress.

6/30/16: Installation at SunBurn 2016

7/4/16: deinstallation, LNT sweep

Mandatory Considerations for Funding:
Project must appear at the NM Burning Man regional event, SunBurn and/or the joint decompression event with AZ Burners in October.
• Volunteer commitment of materials and man hours are established
• Additional funding sources are in place-grants fund only a portion of projects
• Funding goes toward materials and project transportation only-funding does not cover labor or costs or personal transportation.
• Project demonstrates feasibility, planning, and a realistic budget and timeline
• Safety procedures are in place
• Leave No Trace plan is clearly established

Other considerations:
• Art is interactive
• Art provokes creative intelligence
• Regional project is BRC bound
• Sustainable art versus one time burnable art
• Reduce Reuse Recycle part of plan

• Art grant proposals are submitted via the link below.
• Each proposal is reviewed by the NM Burner Art Department
• Only proposals that meet all requirements and criteria are accepted for consideration
• Projects must adhere to a detailed production schedule and timeline as outlined in the original proposal
• Grant Facilitators will assist artists with keeping to this schedule
• Funded artists will provide the Art Department with progress reports
• Funding requests for renovations on existing art installations are accepted
• 75% of funding will be dispersed following a signed contract between the artist and the NM Burners LLC. 25% will be dispersed following the LNT sweep when the project is completed.

• In the event that a project is not completed, all funds will be returned to the art fund within 15 days of the event.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the purpose of the NM Burners Art Fund?
The NM Burners Art Fund promotes artistic expression by providing financial support for art projects at the NM Regional Burning Man Events.

Where does the money for art grants come from?
Once event costs are covered, all of the remaining profit from ticket sales goes into the art grant fund and is dispersed back into the community for creative endeavors at our regional events.

Will funds be set aside for fireworks, safety lighting, etc?
Fireworks are prohibited at our regional events, however, costs for ignition to burn projects and safety lighting can be built into your budget for material costs.

Do we cover transportation costs?
The cost for transporting projects can be built into the budget, however, the art fund does not cover personal transportation. Our preference is to maximize how money is dispersed by primarily funding material costs.

What are the sizes of the art grants?
The amount of funding depends entirely upon how much funding is in place, the number of proposals received, and total amounts requested.

If we receive a grant, can I keep and show my art at other events?
Yes, we encourage you to show your art at other events.

If I receive a grant, can I get into the event at no charge?
Artists who apply for an Art Grant still need to purchase tickets to the event.

If we receive a grant, can I get into the event early?
Yes we encourage early entry for our artists to set up their projects prior to the opening of the event. This will be considered on a case by case basis.

Can I apply for a grant if I received one last year?
The NM Burners Art Fund was established to attract a wider range of artists. Although we accept proposals from previous grant recipients, first time applicants will receive preference if funding is limited.

Can I reapply for a grant if I didn’t get one last year?

Does the NM Burners Art Fund own publicity rights to the funded work, and what does that mean?
We ask that all grant recipients place the phrase “Funded in part by The NM Burners Art Fund” in any printed documents (and web pages) about the work. We also retain license to display images and descriptions of the work for publicity (such as on our web page) and for not-for-profit purposes.

Does our art have to be interactive / participatory?
One of our 11 Principles is that everyone should participate. In keeping with this ethos, participatory art is encouraged and interactivity is a consideration.

Will you be placing my art at the event?
Yes. Our Placement Team will be involved making sure your art is seen and enjoyed by the largest number of participants possible.

What are the artist’s responsibilities?
• Complete your work
• Keep the NM Burners Art Department updated via progress reports
• Communicate your progress-Let us know how things are going
• Abide by the contract. Save and submit ALL receipts
• Let us know where else you are displaying your work
• Provide credit for the support given in print and web materials
• Submit an after burn report for the project and your experience within 45 days of the event

SunBurn Art contact: email

Please include in your email the following:

  1. Your full legal name, street address, phone number, and email address. This information is for financial bookkeeping and granting oversight purposes only and will be removed from the individual applications prior to the jury process.
  2. A detailed description of the project. Please answer the following questions:
    What is your project? (Title, project description)
    How will your project involve the SunBurn community through its planning, creation, realization, and removal? Will it need power? What is your power plan?
    Does the piece incorporate flame effects, movable pieces, and/or is it climbable? If so, how will you ensure the safety of SurnBurn participants? Please describe your safety plan in detail if applicable. (Note: if flame effects are used, your project will be subject to inspection by the Burnable Art Lead, who has final say if your project will burn during the event – you will also need to detail your plan for removal).
  3. Your experience and history with projects on the scale of the one you are
    proposing. Have you worked on this scale before? In this media? Where and when? How did the project go? Do you have pictures or recordings? Not having experience does not disqualify you from consideration, though for especially ambitious projects it helps to have a plan to learn new skills you will need.
  4. A thorough itemized budget and the amount of grant money you are requesting. Please include a reasonably researched estimate of the cost of the materials you expect to need.
  5. A timeline detailing the planning, creation, installment, and removal and LNT plan of your project.


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