stART, GLC, Art Grant winners
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April 5, 2017
Volume 04 Issue 10
Greetings from the Salt Shaker Team at E11, Callie Voss and Andrea Silva, we’d like to start by giving a shout-out to everyone who helped get this first newsletter of the season out, so thank you Matt Vagabond, David Born, andKathryn Jane!  With new BOD members, Utah Builders creating theBRC Honorarium Temple and everything in between it’s time to get all the details we can out and also extend a hand out to you the community for your help in doing so! If you want to help contribute for The Salt Shaker, we are currently looking for writers and photographers, send us an email to
The time has come to crawl completely out of our winter dens and hit the ground running toward projects, fundraisers and events coming up in the next several months. Leaders in Utah’s burning man community have returned the Global Leadership Conference in San Francisco where they spent their time learning how to continue strengthening and bettering our community and events. Returning home with suitcases filled with new ideas, and the season gearing up there’s plenty to do in the months leading to Element 11s Orpheum!
START is a yearly opportunity for artists to showcase their projects and a community fundraiser to help get those projects out to E11. Seeing physical representations and models as well as talking one on one with artists to learn about the projects and backgrounds was a great to find where opportunities to lend helping hands will be needed. Below a special message from board member Matt Vagabond shares more about stART as well talking about those who won art grants this year.
With our usual Temple Crew busy building The Temple of Awareness at BRC this year (congrats guys!), we weren’t sure who was going to step up to build a temple for our little shindig this year. Fortunately, our good neighbors from San Diego were in need of a venue to burn their beautiful temple designed by Martin Iwanowicz and built last year for the YouTopia regional, and we’re happy to welcome them to our event. The Big Upright, an oversized piano featuring an appearance by The Man, is our main effigy and is being designed and built by recently retired Board Member David Born. In the two remaining spots we have for burning art, we will have Birth of a Phoenix by Jenny Wallace and Open Your Heart by Kyle Beckstead.
Art Grants Update and Winners!
Once again, short sleeve weather is upon us, we have daylight until after 6 pm, and our Element 11 artistic community is starting to heat up for the season. The Art Grant Committee spent the month of February pouring over all of the applications and had an extremely hard time whittling down about $60,000 in grant requests to the $32,000 we are able to award this year. A big THANK YOU to everyone who submitted an application this year; your visions are all amazing, and we wish we could fund them all. If your project was not offered funding this year, we hope you’re not deterred from creating the wonderful things you want to make, and can’t wait to see what you might submit in the future.


The diversity of work being brought to Element 11 this year is greater than ever and will set the stage for quite a spectacle at Stargazer Ranch this year. Some of the awarded projects are familiar favorites which are being reworked or refurbished for 2017 including the Tree of Light, H.A.L., and Auric Heart. The Crypsters will be adding to the great old-timey-with-a-twist atmosphere of their Saloon, and the JenkStars are busy making a brand new Solar Saucer 2.0. We’re excited to see these stand-out projects continue to progress and can’t wait to see what they’ve got up their sleeves for 2017.


In addition to familiar projects that have become fixtures at Element 11 and elsewhere in our local scene, of course we’re excited to see some awesome entirely new things on the way! The city will have a couple of new sound camp stages, a new social space or two to chill and make new friends, a couple new fire-effects artworks, even one project that makes artistic use of water! A huge marionette gorilla named Jungo Blizzard even will be seen rolling around the city.


I want to give a special mention to our youngest ever grant winner, Jaeden Plant, age 9. Jaeden is making and installing an optical illusion he’s calling The Circle of Hypnotism. It’s superb to see kids in our community getting involved in creating, and Jaeden is doing a great job. He puts in a lot of volunteer time too. Keep killing it Jaeden!


The first public announcement of our award winners was made on March 19th at stART, Element 11’s annual Precompression event. We throw this event every year to give winners an opportunity to show their projects off to the community at large, recruit volunteers and collaboration, and to gather donations to help propel their ideas to the Big Time! We also unveiled our winning theme art contribution, provided this year by Tara Scape. Congratulations to her, and all our grant winners

listed here. Element 11 – Orpheum is shaping up to be an incredible event, and it’s built entirely on the dreams and imaginations of everyone who contributes their incredible talents. Let’s get to building!

– Matt Vagabond

2017 Element 11 Art Grant Winners:
2016 Youtopia Temple

Adjustable Diode Array Matrix (A.D.A.M.)

Auric Heart 2.0

Birth of a Phoenix

Camp Wardrobe MalFUNktion

Circle of Hypnotism (Kids)

Crypster Saloon

Dichroic Skull

Dino Town

Element 11 Tribal Beats (Akoma)

Fraternal Order of Mad Scientists


Hot Soup (Pre-burn Show)




Jacked Rabbit


Jungo Blizzard

Mini Charcoal-Fired Pottery Kiln

Mystical Mermaid Dome Theatre

Open your heart

Orpheum Theater Sign


Rally the Musicians

Red Light Variety Show presents Imaginarium

SophistaPirates Kids Workshop

Stand Alone Blackboards

Swing Spire


The Big Upright (Main Effigy)

The ConciousNest

The Fire Enigma

The Persistent Flame

The Salty Bastard

The Solar Saucer 2.0

The SophistaPirate Cove

The Wall

Top Hat Workshop

Tree of Light

Wah Wah Springs

All photos taken at stART were done byKathryn Jane, more of her work can be seen at here
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