Burning Man Project at SXSW 2017

It’s that time of year again… a small group of Burning Man staff is preparing to head to Austin next week for the annual SXSW extravaganza. Long before SXSW became the massive cultural phenomenon it is today, Burning Man staffers began going down to Austin to participate – to learn, to inform, to engage, to inspire and to be inspired.

Over the years, we’ve facilitated and participated in a number of panels and workshops on topics ranging from managing intellectual property, participatory cities, and storytelling, to human resources, organizational culture, and play (yes, after thirty years in the desert, we think we’ve learned a thing or two about the importance of having fun!).

2017 is no different. We’re facilitating a panel discussion and coordinating a couple of meetups. If you’re going to SXSW or you live in Austin, we would love to see you there!

Optic Obscura by Raum Industries, a SXSW Art Program Selection


And there’s art! This year, SXSW launched a program to showcase innovative art by selecting installations from established and emerging artists to transform spaces into temporary immersive environments. The Advisory Board for the SXSW Art Program includes our very own Director of Art & Civic Engagement, Kim Cook. For more about the art, check out this corner of the internet.

Kim will also host a panel called with representatives from ArtPrize, Moment Factory, and the City of Vancouver. The panel, titled Exploring Impacts of Creative Urban Interventions, will explore the intersection of art and urbanism, including how creativity is transforming cities.

We’ve also coordinated a couple Burner meet-ups, one for anyone’s who’s interested on March 12 at local favorite (and Burner-owned!) Justine’s Brasserie, and another for SXSW badge-holders on March 14. Details below! If you’ll be in Austin next week, we look forward to connecting with you.

Panel: Exploring Impacts of Creative Urban Interventions

Sat, Mar 11, 3:30-4:30pm

JW Marriott, Salon H


Badge Holder Meetup: SXSW Burning Man Meetup

Tues, Mar 14, 11am-12pm

JW Marriott, Room 211-212

(SXSW badge required)


Community Meetup (No badge required!)

Please join folks from Burning Man HQ for an informal Austin meetup for Burners and anyone curious about Burning Man — come say hi, have drinks, eat snacks, and shoot the breeze. We’ll be in the backyard of Justine’s, just far enough away from the SX madness. We’d love to see you!

Sunday, March 12, 6-8pm

Justine’s Brasserie

4710 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702

About the author: Megan Miller

Megan Miller

Megan is an accomplished communications professional with experience in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. She’s a skilled leader, writer, editor, public speaker, and strategic adviser. Megan is passionate about the art of sharing information in creative and impactful ways, and believes in the power of ideas and authentic self-expression to change the world for the better. Before joining the year-round Burning Man staff in 2012, Megan spent ten years working for environmental protection, HIV/AIDS prevention, political campaigns, and the United States Senate. Born and raised in Juneau, Alaska, Megan earned a Bachelor’s degree in English & Art History from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and is a 2007 graduate of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs. She is also a certified yoga instructor who loves shaking it loose on the dance floor.

2 Comments on “Burning Man Project at SXSW 2017

  • The Hustler says:

    I live in Austin but won’t be able to go to the badge-holder SXSW thing (SXSW badges are way out of reach) but I may go to the public meeting at Justine’s.

    It’s a nice place.

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  • Guigui says:

    Hey, I think your post has a typo in the date for the Badge Holder Meetup:
    “Badge Holder Meetup: SXSW Burning Man Meetup
    Sun, Mar 15, 5-6pm”

    You probably meant “Wed, March 15, 11am-12pm”

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