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!

Community Legacy Program

Element 11 is proud to announce a new community program:

The Element 11 Community Legacy Program

This program honors Burners who have shown exceptional commitment to our community, and is a way for E11 to show our love and gratitude for their many years of beautiful service.

In addition, this program will help to foster the development of new aspiring leaders and encourage them to follow in the grand footsteps of those honored Burners who have come before them. In this way, we hope to encourage new Burners to develop their leadership skills within our community and rise to fill leadership roles critical to our community and critical to our festival.

And as always, community is paramount. Therefore, this program is built on the foundation of positive and authentic engagement in our community, and a commitment to the 10 Principles.

So how does this program work?

This program is similar to a scholarship.  The “Honoree” is the person who’s service is being honored.

To roll out this program, E11 has selected 5 exceptional persons in our community:

Princess Robby
QuickDraw Annie
Marshal Corey


For each Honoree in this program, E11 will give an annual scholarship to an aspiring leader in our community who follows in the footsteps of that specific Honoree. And of course, it goes without saying that there are so many exceptional Burners in the E11 community! We love you all! Just because you are not on this list, does not mean that you are any less amazing! We just had to start somewhere, and we felt that these 5 people were a great start! E11 will add new Honorees in the future as we grow this program.

Here is an example:

The Princess Robby Legacy Award honors the legacy that Princess Stephanie has demonstrated through the Princess Party Palace, and through Robby’s leadership as Engine 11 Fire Marshal. If a junior Burner is developing a camp that demonstrates Community and Gifting similar to the Princess Party Palace, or if that junior Burner is aspiring to grow their service in E11 fire control, then they can apply to receive the Princess Robby Legacy Award


There are benefits to being an Honoree, and there are benefits to being an Award Recipient!

Each Honoree can attend E11 for free forever! (as long as they maintain a positive standing in our community, they will always have a home at Element 11!) Honorees will also receive other benefits such as a customized commemorative shadow box, being featured on our website, and inclusion in the E11 Tarot Card set as a special gold-trimmed card!

Award Recipients will receive two tickets to Element 11, plus a $200 honorarium!


We believe that vibrant community engagement is key to the success of E11 as an organization and as a festival. And we feel that nominating someone you appreciate and admire is a noble thing!

If you know someone who you think might make an exceptional candidate as an Award Recipient, please email us at

If you would like to suggest a new Honoree to be added to the program, please email us at

If you have any questions or comments, please email us at

A Letter to artists

Dear Community,

During our Art Grant process, a huge mistake was made on our part. An email was sent to all artists on February 28th stating that Element 11 had “accepted their request” for an art grant. This email was sent before the Art Committee met and before final decisions were made. For various reasons, not all artists were awarded an art grant and on March 7th, a second email was then sent to those not awarded. We understand that these emails send mixed messages and are misleading to say the least and we are extremely sorry for causing such confusion. 

Artists have always been a core pillar in our events, values, and decisions. Although this was an honest mistake made by the Arts department, we are fully aware of the feelings it might have evoked on some of the artists and the aftermath that it has created. Artists have expressed frustration at the fact that they had already started building projects after the first email and others have expressed extreme sadness and disappointment. The last thing Element 11 wants is to evoke these feelings and we want to extend our apologies to all artists that have been affected. 

After hours of discussing solutions, we have decided to honor art grants to those who have already started their projects using re-allocated funds. We feel this is the least we can do to those who are feeling hurt. The Arts department will continue to communicate with artists to help mend the scars left by this mistake. 

We are hearing the call for transparency about the Art Grant process and would love to honor those requests. The decisions about Art Grants are made by an Art Grant Committee made up of artists and members of the community. The Art Grant committee is facilitated by the Art Director, however the Art Director makes no decisions and is not able to vote on art. The Art Grant Committee looks at each project based on a few different metrics: 

  • The 10 principles, 
  • The Art Grant application/description
  • Budget Description 
  • Interactivity
  • & Previous Projects 

Although this unpleasant incident brought a lot of negatives with it, we feel that positives can also be explored. Our community has expressed major concerns with our processes and that changes might need to be made. This has allowed us to take a deeper look at the way we do things and we feel we can make future changes that will help us strengthen our relationship with artists and our community. We plan to have an open discussion about this subject at stART, happening this Saturday at the UAA Art Garden.

Again, we are extremely sorry for the hurt, confusion, and frustration we have caused and hope to use this as an opportunity to grow as a community. 

Thank you, 
The Arts Department

Ticket Terms & Conditions

  • The ticket purchaser or holder (“YOU”) voluntarily assumes all risk of property loss or damage, personal or bodily injury, serious injury or death, which may occur by attending Element 11. You hereby forever release, discharge, and shall hold Element 11, Inc. and Stargazer Ranch harmless from any claims arising from such risk even if caused by the negligent act, error, or omission of Element 11, Inc. or Stargazer Ranch, or its officers, directors, employees, contractors, agents, volunteers, or representatives.
  • Art installations, theme camps, vehicles at the event (e.g. mutant vehicles or art cars), and performances are not owned or operated by Element 11, Inc., and you hereby voluntarily assume all risk of injury or death arising from their operation. You agree to respect the effigies and maintain a safe distance from the time they are lit until their coals are cool.
  • Children under 18 years of age can attend the event only accompanied at all times by a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible party; any persons bringing a child to the event agrees on behalf of the child to the contractual terms of the ticket and acknowledges that they have made a choice that the child may be exposed to expressive activities and dress at the event. 
  • Neither Burning Man Project nor Black Rock City LLC is a producer or organizer of Element 11, as such, you agree that Burning Man Project and Black Rock City LLC accept no liability arising out of or in connection with Element 11.
  • You agree to abide by these and all additional Element 11 policies which can be found in full online at

Time to kick the Element 11 season in gear!

Join us on Saturday, March 12th for stART, the Utah Burning Man Community’s Precompression gathering!

The purpose of this event is to showcase the projects being funded by Element 11 grant funds, and to allow our participating artists an opportunity to raise awareness of their projects, gather volunteers, and fundraise to further cover their costs.

We will be using this time to conduct our Q1 Town Hall. We will be sharing important news and updates about our event and allow for discussion among the community.

RSVP on Facebook:

Directed Group Sale (DGS) Deadline

Last day to apply for Directed Group Sale(DGS) for Element 11 2022. Application closes TONIGHT at 11:59pm MT!

After last year’s fast and unexpected sell out, we found that key members of our community were left with no way of joining our event. Theme camps, artists, performers, and volunteer were all left scrambling to figure out ways to join our event. ⁠

With this in mind, we are implementing a “Directed Group Sale” for key members and contributors. This tactic has been used by Burning Man at BRC for many years and has proven to be successful and efficient. ⁠We are excited to support participants, contributors, doers, movers, and shakers and hope to alleviate some of the stress that comes with purchasing a ticket during our main sale. ⁠⁠Click here to apply:

Art: H.A.L Effigy by Chad Wing
Picture: Matt Brooks