UnBroken Spring 2020 UPDATES
May 21, 2020
Refunds are Starting today!
Volunteers are starting the transactions for refunds to UBS 2020 ticket purchasers who requested them TODAY! A big thank you to burners who donated their ticket value, in full or in part. Your generosity has made it possible to issue full refunds. There are hundreds of transactions and each will be handled individually by volunteers. The target is to have all of them and any ensuing problems handled and wrap the whole process up by the end of May. That’s the goal. Please be patient while we do our very best to meet it! Most of the requests will go out via Chase QuickPay with Zelle. You will get an email like the one below, with your refund amount indicated. Just hit accept money and it will guide you to your bank. –You are not required to have a Chase account when using Zelle. –Some banks require you to use their app instead of their website, and will let you know. If your bank isn’t supported, please email email@example.com and we will try PayPal. A dozen or so of you have already worked out another method for your own refund, and that’s how yours will come. Keep an eye out for these over the next 10 days. We’ll notify everyone when we think we’re done, and if you haven’t received notice by then, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll handle it. Thanks!
May 19, 2020
The refund period for UnBroken Spring 2020 tickets opened on May 4, and closed at midnight on May 18, 2020 (as per earlier updates and sent to emails associated with original ticket purchasers).
PLEASE BE PATIENT: After the 2020 UBS books are closed and the refund amount is calculated, every communication about it will be handled manually and ASAP .. it’ll get done! Ideally this can be completed within a few weeks and refunds disbursed ASAP. Being able to close the financial books on the 2020 event with clarity and move forward was a major driver that encouraged UBS leadership to provide the refund or donation options for 2020 tickets. The event is essentially postponed, as many important elements will be carried forward into 2021, as much was already paid for and delivered. You may prefer to call it ‘canceled’ for 2020, that works too. Obviously the ticketing process will be new next year, but some wonderful things that will go forward include ART! And of course our yet-to-be-unveiled effigy that volunteers worked so very hard on. What will you bring?
Thank you to everyone who provided feedback in this process, and especially folks who have expressed interest in how UBS ticketing (and volunteering!) works. The UBS team hopes to engage with you in person too, as soon as the pandemic allows. Be well people!
May 4, 2020
UnBroken Spring 2021 is our next UBS build and gathering (new ticketing process)
Due to the significant and prolonged impact COVID-19 has had on our families, community and livelihoods, UnBroken Spring “To The Moon” has been postponed until 18-21 March 2021. Save the date!
Thank you to the 70+ out of 100+ volunteers for UBS 2020 who helped guide this decision with responses to the volunteer questionnaire opened April 15th. There was support for a range of options for postponement, including dates in the summer and fall of 2020, but a majority also felt that a March 2021 postponement made sense.
The choice to postpone supports the extended preparation time that has been proven necessary to build a safe, vibrant event that represents our community’s creativity and strength. It hopefully also serves to minimize the uncertainty that everyone is still feeling as many begin to cautiously emerge into the world again.
Ticketholders received a notification on May 4, 2020 of event postponement and options for ticket handling through the email associated with each ticket sold for UBS 2020. THANK YOU for participating in the event, even just purchasing a ticket! You are what makes this community strong, even if our experimental city must wait until next year to be built.
An online form linked in the email sent to ticketholders provided an opportunity to request a refund for UBS 2020 tickets. The form was open for 2 weeks and closed at midnight (11:59pm) Monday, 18 May 2020. This time limit will allow refunds to be provided accurately without prolonged delay.
UBS 2020 had partially spent its budget in preparation for the event when cancelled with 6 days to go. The refund amounts available will be determined based on the quantity and ticket value of requested refunds when this form closes. As always, the event accounting will be reported fully to the community, including refund totals. (Individual refund requests and form responses will remain confidential.)
UBS 2020 Tickets: Refund and Donation Options
Ticket holders may select to receive the highest refund possible based on funds available.
If ticket holders would like to donate the full value of their tickets, they do not need to fill out the form. Ticket holders may also choose a partial donation in the form.
Donations will firstly be used to increase the value of refunds given to those who do request a refund, and will surely be greatly appreciated by those folks. If full refunds are achieved for all requests, any remaining funds will go to the general fund used to operate the Houston Burner warehouse beginning in June and to invest in the 2021 event.
When UBS 2021 tickets sales begin, 2020 ticket purchasers will again be contacted at the emails provided in 2020, and will be offered the first-tier, lowest price tickets.
UBS 2020 Tickets: Refund Process
NOTE: If you have a transferred ticket, please login to your BurnerTickets.com account to verify the transfer process has completed BEFORE completing the refund request form. Quite a few tickets are in limbo and if yours is one of them, we won’t have access to complete your request.
IMPORTANT: If you select refund, you’ll also need to enter an email address that you use for your bank account. The refund will be sent via Chase QuickPay which uses the Zelle app. FYI: this DOES work for people without a Chase account. If you cannot use this service, please enter a PayPal address, although please consider using Zelle given that it’s instant vs PayPal’s 3 day lag time or fees and is easier to track.
PLEASE BE PATIENT: After the refund requests are done, refund amount calculated, and the 2020 UBS books closed, every transaction and communication about it will be handled manually and it won’t be overnight…but it’ll get done!
NOT JUST WAITING FOR UBS TO RETURN: WHAT IS BURNING IN 2020?
Postponing until 2021 will provide time and energy for everyone to pivot towards revitalizing burner community activity during the rest of the year everywhere, at a new scale. This will continue to be challenging within the context of ever-evolving limitations on social gatherings and individual safety. Several activities in the works include:
- UBS 2020 volunteers will collaborate to reconcile lessons learned from the past year in order to improve UBS and strengthen, build and better coordinate our burner volunteer teams and awesome volunteer sub-cultures. Even if it needs a new name as “afterburn report” doesn’t really fit for 2020…
- Financials reconciliation for UBS 2020, partially dependent on completing this refund request survey (details below)
- Renewed focus on community tools and space for projects in the new Burner Warehouse space in June, with physical distancing as appropriate. Please reach out with ideas that can foster community participation and activity: email@example.com
- Revitalized roaming church nights with physical distancing as appropriate, taking place bi-weekly across Houston in safe settings; updates to be posted on https://www.houstonburners.org/church-nite/. Are you a potential host to collaborate and make an idea happen? firstname.lastname@example.org
- If circumstances permit, some kind of pre-compression burn gathering in fall 2020: Very early concept and your energy and interest is needed. While not looking to compete for resources with burns planned in the fall that may actually happen, the community interest in gathering for appropriately scaled activity is palpable.
Hopefully, this hits all the notes, but if you have remaining questions, as always: email@example.com!
Rescheduling-ly & Respectfully yours, Houston Burners volunteer board
April 2020 – New Warehouse Space @ 2016 Joanna St.
HB has reached an agreement with the property owner at the new warehouse space discussed in the form shared with the community 18 March: “Potential Warehouse Move Feedback Request and ?’s”.
Hearing that feedback, these are some specifics of the negotiation:
- To address continuing concern for the playing out of the pandemic in our community, the deal negotiated includes a delayed move-in of 1 ½ months
- Although full scale meetups likely won’t happen immediately, thoughts are to design new ways to have small group meetups to get the space ready for our return, including: small tours 4-6 people while Respecting Social/Physical Distancing (RSPD), small work groups to hit specific tasks while RSPD, and expanding more creative church nite scenarios RSPD
- Cost increases are addressed both by a reduction of lease rate of $600 in the 1st year and possible partial reimbursement of increased costs
The terms to BEGIN 1ST OF JUNE are as follows:
- Term: 1 year
- Rent: $1,275 for first 6 months, $1,325 for second 6 months*
- Deposit: $1,325 ($650 refund due from old space)
- Trash and Water included (new!: trash not included in old space)
- Tenant to pay any additional services: electricity (same as in old space)
- Tenant responsible for any approved improvements**
*HB may be reimbursed for the overage in rental costs from $775 old warehouse rent for a period.***
**HB may be partially reimbursed for improvements/build-out to the new space.***
***HB would not be eligible for these reimbursements until or unless a lease is secured.
The board would like to acknowledge that the decision to secure space in the midst of COVID-19 related uncertainty was not an easy one to make. We put a lot of thought and groundwork into the location possibilities and asked for a lot of community groundwork and input. We put a lot of thought into the risks and advantages, and ultimately decided that providing a physical space to connect our community was a priority and necessary as the air clears and we hopefully begin to emerge from social/physical distancing by June.
AS ALWAYS, ANY THOUGHTS QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS ARE WELCOME AT firstname.lastname@example.org
Burning Man Project announced on April 10 that they will not be holding the Burning Man 2020 Multiverse at Black Rock City this year due to Covid-19. There will still be a Virtual BRC for Burning Man 2020 in the Multiverse. Read the statement with video by Marian Goodell here:
On March 12th, we postponed Unbroken Spring 2020 and our intention was to wait and see how the situation with the pandemic develops. We are looking to how other Burns have responded, including Burning Man and the scores of regional Burns around the world. Within the next week we will make an announcement about plans for UBS 2020.
VIRTUAL CHURCH NIGHTS
While we cannot meet up physically, we can meet up in other ways like Virtual Church Nights. Aside from the regular announcements & hang out kind of thing, we are holding Bingo, Karaoke, Skill Shares, Live Art, Trivia, and much more. If you are interested in hosting an event or workshop for the Houston Burner community, please let us know!
Join Zoom Meeting 8pm March 26, 2020
At 8pm tonight on Zoom, John Lochmann will be answering our community’s general questions about COVID-19. John is a microbiologist and Houston-area Registered Nurse. This call is not intended to provide specific personal medical advice or diagnoses.
Please tune in! Link:
Meeting ID: 946 607 313
Virtual Houston Burners Church Nite March 18, 2020
Burners globally are exploring new ways to connect where hugs are no longer our language of choice…what ideas can you share?
Tonight (March 18, 8 PM) for a virtual Church Nite, let’s test a virtual hook-up to live-stream announcements and community interaction using Zoom. Let’s try to hit the 100 person limit. We’re out there! Playa tunes will follow mixed by Big Bird and others as you get your groove going across the Be Someone City. We are making love in the time of Coronavirus.
https://zoom.us/j/212894164 — Meeting ID: 212 894 164
Let’s be open to using other platforms to help get Immediacy — please pipe up if you have ideas of what can work better. With at least six feet minimum of social distance recommended, how do you want to burn? One goal of this is to let us all be radically included online, if not in person. Even if you’re sick, and radically staying home, tune in if you are able… we are making Love in the time of Coronavirus, We will have playlists in lieu of live DJ’s (although some of them debate being called ‘live’ when you’re not with them in person).
Unbroken Spring 2020 Update
With respect to Civic Responsibility, as well as the rapidly evolving local, state, and national response to the ongoing public health crisis, Houston Burners and the 2020 UBS Organizers recommend waiting until April 15 to confirm a new date for UnBroken Spring 2020. There will be more information at that point, including updates from county schools about potential reopen dates, the timing of other burns, and updates to local gathering restrictions (such as rules recently announced in Houston).
On April 15, Houstonburners.org will post a poll to determine the event’s volunteer capacity and interest in specific dates in advance of rescheduling. Volunteer support in particular is critical to creating UBS each year, and each shift will make a difference to Mission Control. Shortly following, a second poll will be posted to get general community and participant input. To the Moon!
Meanwhile, the board and organizers are reconciling the current UBS budget and where it stands, and working with Liberty Manor to find reschedule dates. You will be kept informed on this website. Thank you all for riding together through such uncertain times, as we try to keep our community vibrant and looking towards the future while coming to terms with our new and challenging reality.
Revisiting Church Nites March 14, 2020
When we learned the community would lose the Winston St. warehouse this month, many of us were excited to begin 100 days of Roaming Church Nites across Houston. A lot of burners have reached out to email@example.com with fantastic ideas in public, protected and private spaces including a downtown evening hangout at Notsuoh, a skating night, several spacious private residences with outdoor pools and fire in the North or Southwest, etc. This was to be kicked off with a Roaming Church Nite at Elder Street Lofts and its gardens. This may still happen.
A new option to try, starting next Wednesday March 18, 8-10+ PM: A virtual Church Nite, in an online format (Zoom, but open to options) which can function as time to hang out and listen to chill DJ sets together at the same time. We could start with announcements for anyone who wants to join 8-9 PM, with discussion following in stack format.* This would be followed by DJ performances and folks jamming together for several hours to the same DJs, in their houses, and communicating from time to time as desired in virtual. Love in the Time of Coronavirus? Join us in some social experimentation and fireside chats.
DJ’s interested in sharing a set or two drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 17.
*Join the meeting on a computer if you would like to “stack,” AKA participate in the first 30-60 minutes of conversation. The hosts will ask folks what they would like to talk about, listeners will post in a comments section, and the hosts nominating topics in order and some topics selected in advance.
Statement about UBS & Coronavirus (COVID-19) March 12, 2020
Out of an abundance of caution and based on recommendations from local counties, we have decided to reschedule Unbroken Spring 2020 to a date later this year, to be determined.
This decision reflects community input, particularly the potential stress that proceeding will have on volunteers and the safety of participants. Additionally, we are motivated to act prudently in the context of a rapidly unfolding public health crisis, while guided by Burning Man principles including civic responsibility, radical inclusion, and leaving no trace.
Worldwide, the focus is now on preventing spikes in cases of illness that can catastrophically stress public health resources (“flattening the curve*” of cases). Specifically, Harris and Montgomery County officials have requested events of 250 people be canceled. We need to do what we can to slow the spread of disease in Liberty County in particular, which still has no reported cases. We can protect vulnerable people across our region by acting today.
We are actively communicating this decision to the numerous volunteer artists and community leaders who have been putting the finishing touches on building our amazing playa on the prairie, and who were about to begin installation this weekend. We will follow up in coming days with requests for community feedback about the impact of postponement and our potential reschedule dates.
We are happy to say that the property owners have agreed to work with us to hold the event at Liberty Manor at a future date in 2020. Our community has invested a lot to prepare the land, and this effort will not be wasted.
This decision was made with heavy hearts, considering the effort that UBS volunteers have made with support from their families, friends, and co-workers to build UBS 2020. We are confident that our community will pull together — as we have in challenging times past — to hold the flame until we next burn together, unBroken.
Watch out for further information from us about this decision on the UnBroken Spring website | houstonburners.org
Burning Man’s Houston regional announce list
Stay tuned to our official UBS channels for updates, the UnBroken Spring website and emails from HoustonBurners.org and UnBrokenSpring20@gmail.com.
If you have any questions, email the Houston Burners Board of Directors at Board@HoustonBurners.org.
IMPORTANT WAREHOUSE UPDATES:
As most of you know, the Winston property has been sold. We must move out by March 12.
The volunteer non-profit board that manages this space is dedicated to continuing support of welcoming spaces for burners in Houston. Community members have been searching, for the better part of a year, for a new space that fits our needs and our budget. Unfortunately, we have yet to find the right location within the context of our move timing, budget and community commitments. As you all know UBS is right around the corner!
Keep track of all updates to this info at houstonburners.org.
SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING EVENTS
March 8: Sunday Warehouse Clean Out – Last day to claim lost materials before they go into the dumpster. AM hrs: 10am – 1pm PM hrs: 4pm-7pm
March 11: Last Church Night at Winston! Come send off the old place with some cheers and merrymaking as we burn a little Phoenix
March 18: No official church nite as all will be packing for UBS…but if you’d like to organize a gathering: GO FOR IT!
March 19-22: UBS @ Liberty Manor
March 25 and following weeks: Kick off Roaming Church Nites!
mid-June: Goal for relocation into new warehouse (subject to availability!)
NEW WAREHOUSE COMMUNITY SPACE NEEDS
The following is on our wish-list for our new home:
1. Location: Inside or just outside the 610 Loop, not directly adjacent to a loud highway, not on a busy road
2. Size: 1500-2500 square feet (ish…)
3. Amenities: running water, toilet, outdoor fire capacity, privacy fencing would be ideal (or space to side or behind building that is somewhat private)
4. Access: 24/7 community access, no monetary barriers to participation
5. Parking: space for us to safely and consistently park 20+ cars for weekly gatherings of 50+ people (avoiding traffic hazards, police stations, and parking violations)
6. Neighbors and Landlords: preferably non-residential neighbors/landlords who don’t mind smoke, music, or frequent gatherings; preferably not adjacent to law enforcement agencies
7. Subleases and partnerships: open to discuss contracted subleases, with expectation of fair use for space, storage, and a strong footing with a sustainable business partnership
8. Price guesstimate: $1000-1800/mo for up to a year lease (current rent is $775/mo and no similarly priced compatible properties seem to exist…this guess is based on properties available now
More in-depth info on the long search and our community warehouse story follows:
HOLDING SPACE AND COMMUNITY ACTIVATION
Burners have been organizing community gatherings in Houston for decades. Recent incarnations of Church Night have been extant since about 2010 in various community spaces and including roaming Church Nights hosted by community members. In 2014, one community member obtained the lease at 908G Winston St to house this group as it has grown. Last November the property was approved in an eminent domain takeover by the Federal Government and the City of Houston, and our 90 day notice ends 12 March 2020. So our last day in this space is fast approaching!
We are a network of doers, volunteers, artists — and the burner community has been growing in Houston. Many burners want a space that will work for the long term, and the Houston Burners non-profit is specifically dedicated to supporting these ambitions sustainably. Our income is derived in large part from our events with some assistance from donations, and we strive to maintain access for all who would like to join us. For over 4 years we have been able to maintain a 100% community supported warehouse with no requirement that all participants must pay dues at any certain level.
Our warehouse address has served us well as one key portal into our community. That said, as we find room to grow on our terms, we are confident that several months of roaming church nights and/or visiting active, alternative maker spaces in Houston will not destroy our community. Having a physical space is our ideal, but we need to do it with contemplation and – crucially – take a realistic view of what we can sustain and develop with our current resources in the near term and the long term. We also need to develop more resources so that we can continue to provide community space in a real estate market that continues to escalate and turn warehouse properties into townhomes!
Realistically, with the budget constraints we currently face, our fundraising from UnBroken Spring, other smaller events and our limited donation commitments cannot support much more than our current rent. Although we stand to recoup some of our lost income and relocation expenses from the eminent domain deal, we don’t anticipate a huge surplus there.
In the absence of finding a suitable new home, the board has taken the decision to move temporarily into storage, while at the same time encouraging a roaming Church Nite schedule that many of you will participate in! We will be saving money and store our belongings in a 40’ storage container secured through the assistance of Corkscrew (board member). This will be less accessible than Winston St, and we hope not to need it for long as we keep looking at warehouse & flex spaces for use.
If you have any leads, please feel free to share! (email@example.com). We hope to have sourced a new location and moved in by mid-June — that’s about 100 days from now, and post UBS & Flipside.
2020 ROAMING CHURCH NIGHTS
The flame and fire, the passion of our community, is not housed in just one building. We will rely — as we always have — on the spirit of cooperation and intentionality that enlivens each space we work within. This is an opportunity to consider how our community connects across our city and region, and enriches our community — as we approach our next stage of activation and lively participation.
In parallel to this storage for UBS and other CHAPS tools and community resources, we will be organizing bi-monthly roaming Church Nights to gather our tribe members together — and hopefully (soon) celebrate a move into new digs. Please write firstname.lastname@example.org if you would consider hosting a Church Night —We LNT, DJ, feed, and make very merry.
Yours in the burn—
Houston Burner Board
Updated Sun, 2 Feb 2020:
We made it to 2020, time to celebrate !!!!
Our fifth Unbroken Spring “To The Moon” — March 19th-22nd — is rapidly approaching and tickets are running out. Unbroken Spring is a regional Burning Man event for the Houston, Texas area. For more info on everything UBS 2020, visit the UBS page here: https://www.houstonburners.org/unbroken-spring/
This Wednesday is a great night to come out to our weekly church night where we build art and hang out — located at 908 Winston 77009! We are working on building moon craters for the effigy and operations signage. We will have food, music, great people, and good vibes, cmon out !!!! 🙂
We need more Art! If you would like to help or need help to take your idea to the next step, please let us know.
UBS theme camp registration ends on Feb. 5th. Click here to register your camp.
We are relocating soon! The current location 908 Winston and neighboring property have sold to a developer and we must vacate by early March 2020. Come by on Sundays to help organize our community gear, space, and find out more about what we’re planning.
- Church night at 908 Winston 77009 in the back of parking lot (look for all the commotion). We are building art and food will be provided 🙂
- Next effigy build @ Picasso’s — Tuesday and Thursday this week.
- Next work weekend: February 15-16 – Google Maps Link
- Warehouse move – Sunday Fundays to connect & prep for our move – Feb 9, Feb 23
BOARD RECRUITMENT UPDATE
Every new year brings new beginnings; as we move to the end of 2019 we are pleased to announce our incoming Board members for 2020.
Please join us in welcoming:
- Elizabeth Johnson aka Randy
- Forrest Rattray aka Mumbels
We also thank our resigning Board Member, John Garcia aka JG Wehworth, and wish him the best in Austin, Texas.
If you have any questions about the Board recruitment process, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
- We are looking at other warehouse and flex spaces for our community gathering space in 2020- if you have any recommendations please let us know!
UNBROKEN SPRING UPDATE
Unbroken Spring 2020 General Ticket Sales for Unbroken Spring are OPEN!
Visit the UBS Ticket page for more info.
Come to a warehouse Church Night to learn more about UBS 2020 and how you can help participate with us as we go “To the Moon!”
Fall 2019 Board of Directors Recruitment
We are looking for people to add to the Houston Burners Board of Directors, and we’d like to hear from you. Do you know somebody you think would be a good choice for a board member? Would you like to serve on the board yourself?
- Nomination submission: Oct 16th – Oct 31st
- Application submission: Nov 1st – Nov 9th
- Community Feedback submission: Nov 14th – Nov 30th
- Applicant Interviews: Dec 1st – Dec 14th
- New Board Member(s) Recruitment Announcement: Dec 18th
Update Oct 16 :
The mission of Houston Burners is to hold space to light and sustain the flame of Burning Man’s culture and Principles in the greater Houston community and to facilitate community artistic goals to that end.
The vision of Houston Burners is to educate and empower an inclusive and active community, guided by Burning Man’s 10 principles to explore and develop art, culture, and self-expression.
- Our primary focus for the year is the Houston Burner warehouse and Unbroken Spring.
- We are looking at other warehouse and flex spaces for our community gathering space in 2020- if you have any recommendations please let us know!
If you’re wondering what a board member does, their current responsibilities consist primarily of handling legal and liability matters and financials for the Houston Burner warehouse and Unbroken Spring. The board has spent time over the last few months doing succession planning, laying the groundwork to replace ourselves on the board, and establish a process for managing turnover.
- We are in the second phase of Board of Director recruitment in 2019. Bringing new members on will be staggered with the departure of board members stepping down.
- In 2020, we will proceed with one annual recruitment period beginning on October.
See y’all at church nites!
Curious about what else Houston Burners are planning in 2019? Click on the link below to join us as a member and learn more about events, art, education, and collaborative opportunities. And of course we’ll keep you in the loop on board nominations and business too. Looking forward to meeting you!