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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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! (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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!