Virtual 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 such as Zoom or Google Hangout, 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.
More info to follow on this website and the Houston Burners FB page. 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 Corona Virus (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.
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.
What is UnBroken Spring?
Each year during spring break, the Houston area burner community holds an all-volunteer run, four day, experiment of temporary community inspired by Burning Man in celebration of art, music, creativity and radical self-expression.
Other tenets that bind our community and influence the character of our events include:
- Inclusive and accepting, no prerequisites to join (other than being 21+ as required by the property owner)
- No spectators, solely volunteer operation
- A gifting economy means no money, vending, nor bartering are sanctioned
- Leave No Trace, we leave all spaces better than we found them and pack out our own trash
- Personal responsibility to a very high degree
- Consent and universal respect for individuals & community
When and Where?
Unbroken Spring is held annually during Houston schools’ spring break in Liberty County about 45 minutes North-east of Houston. The closest city is Dayton, TX. Specific location will be provided to all ticket holders and in the Survival Guide. This year’s event is Noon on Thursday 19 March through 5 pm on Sunday 22 March.
UBS 2020 Theme To the Moon
We want to inspire our community to explore and create artwork, theme camps, costumes, and entertainment in a new and different way.
Tickets are SOLD OUT!
Head over to the UBS Tickets page for more information about our tickets and ticket transfer process.
If anyone is in immediate need for a ticket they may join the Central Texas burn event ticket and Ride-share Group to request an UBS 2020 transfer there as they become available
Participate. Everyone is doing it!
You are what makes our event strong. The best way to experience UnBroken Spring is to Volunteer!
We have a number of ways to participate during the event in our Art, Business, Operations and Safety departments.
We ESPECIALLY NEED help in Site & Land Ops for Installation Weekend – March 14th -15th. Sign up for Erector shifts on Saturday & Sunday for pre-event set up.
Department Volunteer Sign Up links
Ranger Training opportunity to be offered during the event, stay tuned for details.
Art and Art Grants
Collaborative Houston Arts and Performance Society is committed to helping artists find funding and assistance with their projects. Please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like discuss methods for assistance
Join the Facebook Art Ignition Group to learn about Art team meetings to contribute ideas and proposals.
Theme Camp Registration
A Theme Camp is a group of participants of any size who come together to gift art or experiences to the Unbroken Spring community. You may plan on bringing incredible interactive art or something small scale, or even a concept or performance that you want to share with participants. You may have a fun name or theme. You may have an elaborately decorated camp. Or not. There are no requirements. Your camp’s space will be placed on the map in a zone appropriate to your needs.
Theme camp registration closed February 5th 2020!
Art Car Registration
There is no Department of Mutant Vehicles this year. If you are bringing an art car please REGISTER HERE, decorate/Artify your vehicle and observe City Speed Limits.
RV Registration is now closed
RVs will be placed by Operations (City Planning Department). If you are bringing a RV, Gate will coordinate an Operations escort to get you to your campsite.
We will be updating our Needed Donation List very soon.