Posted on December 30, 2014 by Info-bot
Lakes of Fire 2015: FABULOUS CONTRAPTION
June 17th-21st, 2015
Lucky Lake Campground
3977 West Wilke Road - (Enter on Winston Road)
Montague, MI 49437 - (Rothbury exit)
Happy New Year!
Happy Holidays, Great Lakes burners, and a glorious start to 2015 to you, from your good friends at Lakes of Fire! As a heads up, our NEXT EMAIL is going to have really, REALLY IMPORTANT information about ticketing procedures for 2015, which are undergoing some big, BIG CHANGES. Please stay tuned.
Get all excited for 2015, cuz the #loffigy15 burns in just 171 days! http://tinyurl.com/loffigy15countdown
But first, your friends at Great Lakes Experimental Arts or G.L.E.A. -- the good folks behind the 501(c)4 social welfare organization that enacts Lakes of Fire -- have some important info for you about 2014’s RELEASE THE KRAKEN event. It is very literally YOUR MONEY that makes Lakes of Fire what it is, so we want to let you know where YOUR MONEY is going, and to what it went in 2014.
We also have some IMPORTANT information about the Ten Principles that make a burn different from any other kind of festival, gathering, party, or event! For a quick and fun version of our take on Radical Inclusion, and Leaving No Trace, just start with these two principled minutes!
Don't forget that our art grants application and our NEW Letter of Intent forms are NOW LIVE!
We take pride in transparency, so here’s the up and up!
2014 AFTERBURN REPORT
The Afterburn Report is a summary of the year’s event from the Board of Directors! Here’s the skinny! http://www.lakesoffire.org/static/reports/2014_LOF_Afterburn_Report.pdf
* 2014’s RELEASE THE KRAKEN was a highly successful event overall, and it turned a significant profit.
* 1750 tickets were sold, and, including children, our total population was nearly 2,000 people.
* There was strong growth in volunteerism, art, art grants and the number of attendees.
* This event’s volunteer base has reached over 500 volunteers! 500!!!!!!
* An ambitious parking lot move changed the entire character of the placement and layout - for the better.
* 80 theme camps participated in 2014’s Release the Kraken event.
* Successful changes in leadership took place, both in the board, and among the team leads
Here’s a link to our full 2014 financial report: http://tinyurl.com/lof14krakenfinancials
* Approximately $42k in cash-on-hand for Great Lakes Experimental Arts (G.L.E.A.), Inc.
* RELEASE THE KRAKEN event cost approximately $116k to produce, and brought in over $124k, thus clearing $8,200
* G.L.E.A. Inc., gave out $10,000 in art grants, in 2014, which will grow to $12,500 in 2015, with another $3,000 for existing art piece honoraria, and another $3,000 as a community donation to a local school’s art program, and the township fire department.
PRINCIPLES: How we do it!
Burning Man and Lakes of Fire's 10 binding principles are simple and can be found here. http://lakesoffire.org/tenprinciples/
The distilled version is this:
Protect the community
Leave no trace
Except for the landowner's firewood and ice sales, there will be no sales or concessions of any kind at Lakes of Fire. Sorry, you can't hawk your wares, period.
RADICAL INCLUSION: You belong here!
Anyone may be a part of Lakes of Fire. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.
No prerequisites exist for being a part of Lakes of Fire, the event, except for having a ticket.
That’s from the 10 Principles of Burning Man, word-for-word. The same holds true at Lakes of Fire. There’s no “outsider.” You don’t have to be a Veteran Jedi Burner or live a certain way to be welcome. You’re a part of it. Gain experience by making incredible experiences happen. You are already a part of the Contraption, as long as that’s your desire. Remember, YOU BELONG HERE!
For a quick and fun take on our Radical Inclusion principle, start here with a principled minute! https://soundcloud.com/b-m-66/radical-inclusion
LEAVE NO TRACE: The prime directive.
Leave No Trace is arguably our most cherished principle. This means that we must leave the site in better condition than we found it, showing absolutely no evidence of our having been there. Each participant must remove all items they brought with them – including their trash – when they leave the site.
We also ask that each participant helps clean the full site by picking up any Matter Out Of Place (M.O.O.P.) that they encounter during the event. Smokers, bring a portable ashtray so you don't have to drop your butts on the ground. Please bring trash bags and other waste receptacles to take your trash and recycling home with you. It's everyone's job to Leave No Trace.
Please remember that it's not always a long distance from a little harmless–seeming fun to a MOOP disaster – like a water balloon fight, for example! Practice negative impact, pick up ANYTHING that falls. Following the principles of Leave No Trace at Lakes of Fire is Something that makes this community great.
Lakes of Fire can always use more volunteers for Leave No Trace shifts, Land Restoration, and Clean Sweep Crew. Volunteer in advance of the event through LakesofFire.org.
Finally, last year’s clean-up was marred by a few participants who chose to dump trash at the dumpsters of private local businesses, without permission. In addition to making Lakes of Fire look bad to the community we try so hard to be good members of, this goes against the TAKE IT HOME WITH YOU ethos that lofers call one of their values. Packing it out means TAKE IT ALL THE WAY HOME. Please help Lakes of Fire be good member of our local community, by taking personal responsibility for your trash!
For a quick and fun version of the highlights of our Leave No Trace Principle, please follow this link: https://soundcloud.com/lakes_of_fire/leaving-no-trace
Leave No Trace Team
That's what we've got for ya!
See you at Lakes of Fire 2015: FABULOUS CONTRAPTION