SunBurn Art

The Art of SunBurn is YOUR Art!

The art you experience at SunBurn is created by community members and is a reflection of our community. This is you! Art appears in many forms. Performances, displays, interactions, even as workshops. We encourage you to bring the art that you create to share at SunBurn.

Register Your Art

Art registration is currently open! Small art can be setup at your campsite, while larger art needs to be registered. Large art that requires additional logistics needs to be registered with the SunBurn Art Department for placement. Please see below for more details. This event is dedicated to the radical expression of art, register to bring yours!

SunBurn Art Grants

To foster this expression, a portion of our event proceeds from the previous year are used to seed art projects for the current year. SunBurn Art Department provides financial support to artists and teams who are developing or installing art for SunBurn. Our goals are to attract artistic diversity and to inspire creativity with interactive, impactful and engaging art.

2023 Art Grant Dates

Art grant applications are open now!

March 25th – May 15th – Art Grant Applications Open

Art Grant Applications

Apply for an Art Grant! The application process begins with a short registration form. After submitting that, you will be contacted by the Art Department with additional instructions for completing your Art Grant application.

Please submit your application during the Art Grant Application Window – open until May 15th, 2023. No art grant applications will be considered after the application window closes. All awarded grants will be announced on the Grant Announcement date.

NOTE: SunBurn is dedicated to upholding Civic Responsibility We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.

Therefore all SunBurn Art projects must be planned in accordance with any local, state, or federal restrictions and comply with any temporary local or state ordinances.

Recommendations for Art Grant Applications

If your art project is selected, the general rule of thumb for Art Grant requests is that NMSPF90 LLC, through its Art Department, will award up to 50% of the total budget for art production. In some cases, the award percentage can be higher if the art serves a broader, totally inclusive purpose for the community, or if the art is turned over for its long-term, infrastructure value.

  1. Minimize potential MOOP (matter out of place)
  2. Avoid alienating members of the community or public with your art and/or its message
  3. Ensure art complies with event safety standards and any local, state or federal safety restrictions.
  4. Show how the art is consistent with the Burning Man 10 Principles and culture
  5. Show that the art production is feasible regarding cost and schedule
  6. Showcase all WOW factors of the art
  7. Avoid asking for too much money for “indirect” materials and/or third-party production expenses
  8. Show that the art is reusable and can be presented at multiple events, or can burn!
  9. Plan to work with the LNT& Safety Team and have a Safety Plan and a Leave No Trace (LNT) plan.
  10. Be Creative!
The Zia Bison from Sunburn 2017. Artist: Chelsea


SunBurn is a volunteer-produced event. We have no stars, headliners or corporate sponsors. We depend on you, our community, to enable this event’s existence. We’ll have a link soon to participate in Theme Camps, Volunteering & Site Prep Work weekends.