I got one of the biggest surprises and honors of my life at the ARTumnal Gathering Saturday night. I was asked to come on stage and then Harley DuBois, Founding Member of Burning Man and the Burning Man Project said they had decided to start an award to be given to the person that year most embodies their mission. The Award is to be the “Affinity Award” and I was the first recipient.
I was so amazed and overwhelmed I did not even cry like I usually do in a situation like that, but to be honest I have never been in a situation like that. I am sure you all know I love Burning Man and the Black Rock Arts Foundation and the new Burning Man Project. I love what they bring to the world, I love the COMMUNITY and I love the art and culture. To express that in shorthand I have chosen the vision statement from the Burning Man Project:
The Burning Man Project will bring experiences to people in grand, awe-inspiring and joyful ways that lift the human spirit, address social problems and inspire a sense of culture, community and cultural engagement.
Why does the organization think I embody that point of view? I can only guess, but what I know is that everyday I am grateful for the amazing, creative and loving people that Burning Man has brought to my life. They have breadth and depth and some of my favorites are brilliant. I love the art. For four years I was the blogger for the Black Rock Arts Foundation and they have brought amazing art to the community. Before that I was the logistics coordinator for Burning Man’s staff training and prior to that for 3 years I was the Wedding Coordinator for couples who were actually having a legal wedding at Burning Man. Currently I am doing documentation for the Burning Man Project. I love the variety of jobs I have been able to do as a volunteer in the past 12 years.
I promise you an amazing fashion review of the ARTumnal Gathering after all of the photos are in, but for now I just wanted to express my gratitude for this amazing honor.
photo: George Post