Retrospective and Planning for the Future

A word from the Chair.

Hooray! Element 11 2022 Happened!
As an organization we have so much love and gratitude for our community. A lot of people suffer under the misconception that E11 is “run” by the Element 11 Organization. The truth is, we simply offer a venue for the creativity of our community. It is all of you amazingly wonderful people who make this gathering happen. Sure, we provide a few logistics, like porta potties, but we do not create the art, feeling, or soul of this event. So on behalf of the Element 11 Organization, we want to THANK YOU for everything that you do. If you’re interested in how we as an organization feel about our event, be on the lookout for this year’s “AfterBurn” report, being released on our website soon. 

So, Next Year Was Better, Right?
Right after the burn is always the time that we get the biggest ideas. There are so many things we want to do to make things bigger, better, more burnery. But also, it’s a good time to look at what we did well and where we struggled. This year turned out amazing. We are so hopeful for our future and everything that is coming down the line. There is no question that Element 11 continues to grow in popularity and by extension, population. This year we had a population of 1800, our largest yet! In order to support our continued growth, we need more people to help. Currently, Element 11 is run by a core group of about 150 individuals who volunteer enough time to get a discounted ticket. We have rockstars who continue to put their time and sweat toward making our event happen, year after year. For the past few years (despite our continued growth), this number has remained relatively static. This is where we need our community to step up. We need 15-20% of our population to volunteer at the event. I could delve into this topic in much greater detail, but for now, I’ll just say that our ability to be able to offer the opportunity for more people to attend this event is directly proportional to the number of volunteers we have.

Where is Element 11 2023 Going to be Held?
Since 2015 Element 11 has been held at Stargazer Ranch. Overall, the feedback has been extremely positive. For the past 7 years we have worked with the owners of Stargazer and they have been awesome to work with. Additionally, every year our relationship with Box Elder County grows stronger, and they trust us more and more. Because we have continued to build our relationship with the owners of Stargazer and Box Elder County, we currently have no plans to change our venue.

The History of E11 Dates.
Let’s talk for a moment about the history of when Element 11 has been held. For a few years after the move to Stargazer Ranch, Element 11 tried to figure out when the best dates for the event were. Holding the event in July was feasible at our previous venue, with water readily accessible and being much closer to civilization. We tried that at Stargazer and eventually the consensus was that it was not feasible for fire safety and for participant safety (heat related illnesses were a common theme). So in 2019 the decision was made to move the event to June, permanently. If you’ll recall, we had dates scheduled for June of 2020, but then Covid rocked the world. 2020 was canceled. In 2021, we were not sure if we were going to have an event at all, but we cautiously decided to move forward. Ultimately this led to the decision to hold the event in September, as we were one of the few events happening at all, and we wanted to understand what impact Covid would have on our event. In 2022, having worked through our fears with Covid, and understanding how we can responsibly hold an event with a new endemic disease, we were back to June.

What Goes Into Deciding Our Dates?
Element 11 has a lot of moving parts. This year, I began a conversation with the owners of Stargazer Ranch about what their preferred dates for E11 2023 would be. The consensus was that June was the ideal month, but Father’s Day weekend was not an option. Before Father’s Day, there was no guarantee that the ground would be dry enough for long enough to adequately prepare for the event. So that meant it had to be after Father’s Day. I then spoke with the Box Elder County Fire Marshal about the dates. I was informed that July and August are not good for burns. Additionally, July and August are simply too hot for participant safety. That left June. They informed me that we could not get Box Elder County coverage for the weekend of Father’s Day, or for the weekend of Independence Day (July 4th). This left us with a single weekend which works for Stargazer and for Box Elder County, which is the weekend after Father’s Day.

Now, For a Little Consistency.
Element 11 has been around for more than 20 years. We are the largest community gathering of our type in Utah, and by default, many organizers plan their event around ours. As much as we try to be conscious of other events happening when we have the conversation of scheduling our event, we are ultimately at the mercy of several outside factors, and sometimes dates will overlap with other events. We do, however, want to provide consistency and some ability to plan for the future. It is with this in mind that we are announcing that moving forward, for as long as Element 11 is held at Stargazer, you can expect Element 11 to fall between Father’s Day and July 1st. We hope that this will help our community plan more effectively for their summer, and as an organization you can expect us to provide more time for planning the event. Our goal is to open art grant applications earlier; and have ticketing on a single date and planned earlier, so all of our community will have the support they need for making this happen. Because it’s not us as an organization who holds this event. We just provide a venue. It is our community who creates the magic which is Element 11.

Ticket Transfers

Box Office is prepping and heading to playa and the internet is not great out there! 

If you are looking to transfer a ticket, good news! I will walk you through it. 

First please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/ you will need the email you purchased the tickets under.

Once logged in you click on tickets
Click on your order

Now you will have this screen – click on edit 
Now just fill out the information: First Name, Last Name, Email, Check the send confirmation email to new attendee box and enter their address and age. Then click save

If the ticket is at will-call they will go to will-call at the gate. Please make sure they have your name and email to check against the records. If it is an e ticket they will get a QR code. You can go into your account and select print tickets and send them a screen shot of the QR code as well. They must have the QR code or they will not be able to get into the event. 

Another way to log into Eventbrite

Eventbrite would have sent you an email when you ordered your tickets. It would similar to this 

You can click go to my tickets or log in directly. It will take you to this page. Click edit 

Now just fill out the information: First Name, Last Name, Email, Check the send confirmation email to new attendee and enter their address and age. Then click save

If the ticket is will-call they will go to will-call at the gate. Please make sure they have your name and email to check against the records. If it is an e ticket they will get a QR code. You can go into your account and select print tickets and send them a screen shot of the QR code as well. They must have the QR code or they will not be able to get into the event. 

Shandi Lenaburg

Box Office

Burner Day in the Park 2022

Element 11 presents Burner Day in the Park!
Your favorite family friendly burner event!

Murray Park Pavillion #5
296 E Murray Park Ave
Murray, UT 84107
4pm – 8pm MST

We are back at Pavilion 5 in Murray Park.
We will have amazing live performances and tons of creative fueled activities! Don’t forget about the best opportunity drawing you have ever seen. All proceeds of the opportunity drawing will go towards this year’s artists.

Come learn about all the volunteer opportunities at Element 11 and how to get involved!Bring the family, dancing shoes and cash for delicious grub and opportunity drawing tickets!


Can’t wait to see you there!
If you have something you can donate for the fundraising raffle, please reach out to Dean at dean@element11.org!

Open Positions at Element 11

Element 11 is looking for fun, creative, motivated, and talented individuals to join our team!

All board, cabinet members, and leads must:
– Champion burner ethos & culture, the 10 Principles, and the Element 11
cause.
-Exercise the highest level of honesty, commitment, and cooperation
-Place the interests of Element 11 as an organization, and as a community,
above all else

E11 Treasurer
Performs the financial functions of E11, Inc. Enforces all financial policies. Handles
all accounts payable, handles all accounts receivable. Manages all bank accounts
and cash assets. Manages all BOD Debit cards. Files annual IRS 990/tax documents-
handles all conflicts with IRS. Files regular sales tax reimbursements. Receives and
manages donation money and records. Development of the annual budget.
Reviews, updates, and adheres to the Finance Policy. Sits as a member of the
Executive Committee. Assists in feasibility analysis of all E11 planning (including
ticket sales, department budget planning, and all related). Primary point of contact
for all financial matters.
Email BOD@element11.org to apply. Include resume and name of position.

E11 Secretary
Archives BOD records. Takes minutes at all BOD meetings. Sends out meeting
announcements. Distributes copies of agenda and minutes to each BOD member.
Ensures all corporate records are maintained. Maintains corporate history. Sits as a
member of the Executive Committee.
Email BOD@element11.org to apply. Include resume and name of position.

E11 Volunteer Director
Organizes activities within the community focused on building community, learning
about burner culture, and building/strengthening friendships. Focuses on activities
that allow new and current community members to engage with our community
year-around rather than just at the Element 11 event. Encourages community
members to get involved with community by volunteering and directs community
members to volunteer opportunities. Ensures Element 11’s volunteers are
supported and that all participants can find information needed to sign up for
volunteer shifts both before and during WBTC & E11. Recruits volunteers for all E11
events. Ensures all aspects of Volunteer Day are planned and permitted in advance
and executed timely. Coordinates with Volunteer Appreciation program. Manages
the Volunteer Recruitment Department. Assists Directors in recruiting volunteers for
day lead roles. Responsible for hosting the Volunteer Appreciation Party. Organizes
and manages Volunteer Lounge for WBTC and E11 Festival. Ensures leads and
volunteers for following roles: Kitchen Leads, Cooks, Volunteer Coordinators,
Burning Angels, and all related/appropriate roles. Supports Burning Angels
volunteers with good cheer, care, and refreshments.
Email BOD@element11.org to apply. Include resume and name of position.

Social Media Manager/ Copywriter
Promotes community involvement online. Creates communication/educational
material and media. Creates social media content to share on multiple platforms. Copy-writes content for website, newsletters, social media posts, and other forms of communications.
Email BOD@element11.org to apply. Include resume and name of position.

A Message from the Chair: Ticket System

Well, it looks like Element 11 is going to happen this year. We have now had two of our public ticket sales. We’re getting tons of feedback on how they went, and how people would like to have things different next year (or even this year). Both ticket sales had a soft sellout in less than a minute, and a hard sellout in just under 40 minutes. That is extremely fast. There are still two more chances to get tickets. We have our “Late Sale” scheduled to begin May 13th at 12 pm MT, and our “Last Chance OMG Sale” which does not yet have an official date. This message is intended to help with transparency around our entire ticketing process.

Let’s talk about this for a moment and clear up a lot of confusion and misconceptions about how the system works. The ticket system we have right now is a first come, first served system. “Soft sellout” occurs when all available tickets have been placed in carts and the checkout process has begun. You might have seen the message “Tickets are no longer available”. This soft sellout status. “Hard sellout” occurs when all checkout processes have been completed for all available tickets. The Eventbrite platform gives 15 minutes to complete checkout once you have started the process. If you have not completed the checkout process in that time and still have tickets in your card, they become available for purchase again. What that means in practical terms is there are a few lucky (and patient) individuals who kept refreshing their page at the 15 minute and 30 minute mark to try and get a ticket and they became available.

It’s important to understand there are a lot of technical factors which go into this system. This is NOT like the burning man system which places each person into a queue randomly once ticket sales open. In our case, you must actually load the page for tickets to show as available. This means that loading the page on multiple devices could actually hurt your chances if they are all running on the same internet service point. Fast internet helps a lot, and fast reflexes, and most importantly, if you get tickets in your cart, immediately beginning the checkout process.

But that’s all how the system works now. The point of this post is to talk about the future of Element 11.

For the past 3 years it has become abundantly clear that there is much more demand for Element 11 than we have the ability to offer tickets for. I’ve been intimately involved with the ticketing process since 2019 and have helped introduce new systems and policies to make sure that we can offer tickets to the people who need them. In 2019 we introduced guaranteed volunteer tickets. In 2021 we introduced Directed Group tickets. In 2022 we are offering 4 different sales to give the most possible chance to get tickets (this was because of the feedback we received from selling out in less than 48 hours of all tickets in 2021). In 2023, we are looking to implement a much higher priced “FOMO” ticket, with the intention of using that additional revenue to offer “Low income” tickets. We’re still working on the details of what that could look like.

The question on everyone’s mind is “How can I be guaranteed a ticket?” The answer? Get involved. Any volunteer who volunteers at least 10 hours is guaranteed the opportunity to purchase a ticket (at a discounted rate too!). More volunteer hours will get you a higher discount. You could also get involved in a theme camp. Theme camps have the opportunity to apply for the Directed Group Sale, and while we can’t offer unlimited tickets to each group, expanding your network will increase your chance to get a ticket.

Unfortunately, ticketing is a delicate balancing act, and is a moving target right up until the very last ticket is sold. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as “just sell more tickets”. There is an incredible amount of work which goes into the event from the owners of Stargazer. Our contract with Stargazer limits the number of people we can have at the event. Additionally, each year we need to apply for multiple permits from the county. Our permitted population for this year is 1800. So, this is where the balancing act comes in. We offer guaranteed tickets for each volunteer of more than 10 hours. We have offered DGS tickets to theme camps, core groups, and artists. It takes a lot of work to put on this event, and each of those people need to be counted into the population. We offer a handful of tickets through various programs (town hall raffles, legacy program). All together summing up to just over 1/3 of our permitted population. That means that we can offer less than 1200 tickets for public sale.

The balancing act comes from offering additional ticket types. We don’t know how many people will want child tickets when purchasing their own tickets, so we need to reserve those. We also always get some volunteer hours not recorded, and other things come up. So, we have a few tickets reserved for those issues as they crop up. And since we are offering multiple dates for sales, we have to split the number of tickets available, so they don’t sell out all at once. What all of this means is that we have only a few hundred tickets available for each sale.

But not all the reserved tickets will sell. Not all volunteers will claim their tickets. We won’t sell all DGS tickets. We won’t sell all the reserved child tickets. It’s because of this that we can offer the Last Chance sale. This will include all the reserved tickets which were not claimed.

Based on the feedback of this year, we might change things next year. It’s an evolving process, and you all get to be a part of it. The important thing to remember is to not lose hope. There are tickets out there, and as of this writing, we have sold 60% of our allowed population.

— Jordan Lenaburg, Element 11 Chair

Theme Art Winner: Ash Amos

Hi! My name is Ash Amos, I also use the moniker “Psynts” pronounced Science. I am a painter & multimedia artist. I was born in SLC and have lived in Utah all of my life, though I’ve traveled around quite a bit.

What first drew you to Burning Man and/or Element 11?

I first found out about Element 11 when one of my close friends, Alex Suzuki, won the theme art competition a few years ago and invited me and some other friends to check out the event with him. I was totally unprepared, didn’t know anything about the ten principles or what to expect but still felt so welcomed and instantly knew I found a community I wanted to be a part of. After seeing fire spinners I was inspired to get into the flow arts and practiced non stop for a year and then performed with the fire tribe the next year.

How many times have you been to E11 and/or Burning Man?

This year will be my 7th Element 11.

What is your favorite thing about E11?

One of my favorite parts of Element 11 is the theme camp I’ve been a part of the past few years; shout out to my dear friends in the SophistaPirates! Love you all.

What inspired you to create the theme art?

This was my second time making theme art for the competition and I’m so excited I won this time! I was inspired by the name & wanted to combine a cosmic vibe with a circus vibe by giving the mask wings and having it appear to tear through the old timey paper background revealing outer space in the background.

What is your most memorable moment at E11?

Some memorable moments at E11 for me; last year I was telling people that a captain’s wheel attached to our camp structure controlled all of the lights and lasers going as a prank and got some really funny reactions from people. Getting to DJ for a bunch of people dancing and partying even though I’m a very bad DJ and didn’t know what I was doing, haha. Kissing on top of tall climbable structures. Watching the burns is always a powerful moment every year. Experiencing all the amazing art, too many amazing memories to even try to choose a favorite.

How are you going to interpret this year’s theme at the event?

I think I’ll probably try to dress up a little circusy. Maybe I’ll dress like a mime from outer space, or get out some of the old circus toys and props!

What is your favorite principle and why?

My favorite of the ten principles is radical inclusion. It’s great to feel welcome and celebrated in the community.

I’d like to thank everyone who voted for my design; and also plug my art instagram @psynts

Thank you!

www.instagram.com/psynts

Theme Idea Winner: Adrielle Vance

Hi! My name is Adrielle. I live in Salt Lake with my boyfriend Andy and our 9 year old rescue pup Corn. I’m the Business Manager for an architecture design studio.

What first drew you to Burning Man and/or Element 11?

I love desert camping. One morning while we were camping at the Knolls, I woke up covered in dust and my boyfriend said “you look like someone I’d meet at Burning Man!” I knew nothing about the event, but after reading and researching everything I possibly could, I knew I had to go home to Burning Man. I loved the values of the principles, the art looked amazing, and I loved the opening and welcoming culture of the community. Shortly after we got tickets, I found out that Utah had their own regional, so we decided to check it out, without really knowing anything it. E11 2019 was my first burn ever. It was so fun, and I fell in love with the event and the community!

How many times have you been to E11 and/or Burning Man?

I’ve been to Burning Man once in 2019 and E11 twice, in 2019 and 2021. Can’t wait to camp with Cosmiquarium at Burning Man this year!

What is your favorite thing about E11?

My favorite thing about E11 is meeting awesome like-minded people! Everyone at E11 is so nice and welcoming, I’ve made great friends every time I’ve gone!

What inspired you to create the theme idea?

I love everything about carnivals and fairs – the costumes, the food, the atmosphere… I always thought a carnival-themed event with a cosmic twist would be awesome. Thank you to everyone who made my carnival-themed E11 dream come true!!!

What is your most memorable moment at E11?

There are too many to choose from! Drinking champagne under the stars in an art installation in the middle of the night, singing emo Karaoke at CocoCabana, the infamous Prettiest Boobs contest, crying at the burn, just to name a few!

How are you going to interpret this year’s theme at the event?

I’m definitely going to make some Cosmic Carni food for the community – corn dogs, caramel apples, cotton candy… and I want to dress space-themed!

What is your favorite principle and why?

Radical Self-Reliance is my favorite principle, and ultimately what makes Burning Man and E11 different from any other event. Without E11 providing music, entertainment, food, etc, it allows people to get creative with what they bring out to playa!

RECAP: stART 2022

Written by Dean Peterson (Art Director)

stART was a great success! It was wonderful to see glimpse of some of the projects coming to Cosmic Carnival. All of the artist seemed eager to share information and insights about their projects, which created great opportunities for discussion and conversation. If you missed it, we got some great teasers there including the new temple design, a couple “Build Your Own Effin’gy” blocks, a game based around a field of fireflies, a super groovy skating rink, and sooo many more! It was a great experience feeling the creative energy together in that room set to some really powerful musical performances!

I have always been a big fan of stART because, for me, it is a fantastic kick-off for the creative season. Jumping into E11 with both feet (costumes, art, theme camps, creative expression, EVERYTHING!) and just being around all that energy is enough to spark countless new, fun ideas. Thank you so much to everyone who participated, donated and contributed to the event. It’s yet another thing I love so much about this community and I’m so grateful to be a part of it!