Art Safari and Virtual Flipside

Burner Art Safari

Burner Art Safari is currently being organized to host the 2nd annual event over Memorial Day weekend. Last year was completely incredible: the community set up around 50 projects in a matter of days for the art tour map for Burners and the general public to enjoy. The event was not just well loved here in Central Texas- it inspired dozens of similar events across the globe. 

We’re in the middle of making some changes to the website and organization- Art Registration will be open March 15th and will close Monday, May 25th. Sweet, sweet normalcy. There are no geographical restrictions- last year’s Safari included a piece displayed in the UK! Please feel free to panic, but joyfully. Visit the website now for general info, but come back on March 15th for the full details.

Art Grants and Support

Ignition Philter- There will be art grants!

Ignition Philter is happy to support this socially distanced art safari event. 

-$2,500 has been set aside for approximately 10 grants, with a maximum grant of $250 per project.

-The grant application is now open and will close the evening of March 31st. We can’t wait to see what you have in store for us!

-More information (as well as the application form) can be found here:

If you have any extra questions please email us at

Additional Support for Art Projects

The Art Projects Seeking Support page on the Burning Flipside website (normally used as a bulletin board for Flipside bound art projects, this year for projects that will be shown during the Burner Art Safari)  will be available for artists seeking support. You are welcome to share your crowdfunding links, requests for materials, (socially distanced and responsible) hands, etc. on through this resource for art you are creating for the Burner Art Safari.

Virtual Flipside

Last year there were some really fun and exciting virtual experiences. Misty and Seph helped head Flipside Minecraft and they’d like to do that again as well as expand into other virtual realms (namely Altspace, and video/audio streams).  They’re looking for digital collaborators such as:
* pre-event builders in minecraft
* streamers for sharing the digital (or physical) spaces with others
* DJs, VJs, and entertainers for shows, music, visuals, etc.
* a 3d-modeler for a few projects
* alt-space help: either a Unity dev with time to make a space, or someone with connections to find a good space
* greeters / tech-support to help new-comers learn the digital ropes
* anything and everything else digital (especially if it can be streamed as audio or video)
* admin to help monitor and highlight the central video call where video/audio feeds of all the above (and more) will coalesce.

If you are interested in participating in these efforts, please reach out via email: — subject line: “Virtual Burn”

Virtual Townhall about Flipside Cancelation

Tomorrow was supposed to be a virtual townhall about the cancelation of Burning Flipside 2021. However, due to all the unprecedented events of the past week and due to the fact that many people are still recovering, AAR is postponing this event until March 1st at 7 PM. Find the details for joining the meeting below:

Topic: Virtual Townhall
Time: Mar 1, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Flipside 2021 Canceled

Flipside Participants,

It is with heavy hearts that AAR must announce the cancelation of Burning Flipside 2021. While this was a difficult and emotional decision, we believe it was the only responsible choice.

We plan to reopen the warehouse when guidance from our local government and prevailing medical wisdom allows, and we look forward to seeing all of you at Flipside 2022. Thanks to the generosity of the community last year AAR is able to weather this storm.

We’d like to thank the community for its continued support, love, and understanding. We want nothing more than to safely celebrate the end of this difficult time with our chosen family but we love you all too much to risk the health of a single one of you. Stay tuned to our “announce” list available at for more ways we can all share, connect, snark, smile, art, and conspire together and remember we can all still be there for each other even if we can’t be with each other.

Here are a few questions we know many of you might be asking:

Q: What about postponing the event?

A: The only safe and logistically possible time frame of September – October interferes with both Burning Man and Myschievia putting additional strain on volunteers and participants. This combined with the uncertainty of vaccine distribution makes it a no-go.

Q: What about a burner safari-type event like happened last year?

A: Amazing community members are already working on such an event! Stay tuned.

Q: What about a socially distanced Flipside?

A: It is our belief that an event where you could not hug your friends, masks are enforced, and every tent is flagged for social-distancing purposes is no longer the Flipside we all know and love. Additionally, we are not confident that all preparatory events (work weekends, DaFT build days, volunteer training, load out, etc.) could be performed in a safe, socially-distanced manner.

Q: What about testing to create a safe “bubble” for Flipside?

A: Testing is still a significant expense that many participants lacking quality insurance could not afford to cover. Additionally, as various other attempts at this have demonstrated, it still allows for the spread of infection and false positives, the latter resulting in the turning away of healthy participants.

Please send additional questions and comments to Answers to these questions and more will be discussed at a virtual town hall to be held on Monday, February 22nd at 7 PM.

Austin Artistic Reconstruction

Fall Townhall and Burning Flipside 2021


  • There is no fall town hall this year
  • We hope to hold Flipside 2021
  • We will have a decision on Flipside 2021 published to the community on February 8, 2021

Normally we would be having a town hall this time of year to decide on a theme for 2021. However, due to the current Austin stay-at-home order and the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, that isn’t occurring.

The board is still hopeful that we can find a way to have Flipside 2021 safely. There’s a small chance that a vaccine will be available in enough quantity and with enough time to hold Flipside. If not, we’re investigating how we might use testing to create a Flipside-sized pod of people who have all tested negative for COVID-19. Finally, we have even discussed postponing Flipside 2021 later into the year. In other words, all options are on the table for 2021.

We’ve also worked with our key volunteers to construct the tightest possible schedule so that we can make decisions in a timely manner but with the most up to date data. Following this schedule, we have pushed back the ticket window to early February. On February 8, 2021, we feel we will be able to make a much more informed decision about holding Flipside 2021 over Memorial Day weekend.

We are publishing this date to give everyone a target to pay attention to. You might think it’s too early or too late, but we feel that more than 3 months ahead of time–and before anyone has purchased tickets–is both responsible and reasonable.

We want to hold the event, but will only do so if we feel it is safe and is in line with the latest scientific, governmental, and legal guidance at the time.

Austin Artistic Reconstruction

Covid Resources

This list of publicly available resources is provided for informational purposes only, with a focus on Austin, Texas. AAR, LLC is not affiliated with any of these entities and programs. Click on the links for additional information and eligibility requirements. This list will be updated periodically. Check back for updates. 


HAAM Covid-19 Resources

From: HAAM

Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) has collected a list of resources for local musicians and is requesting feedback from the community to identify additional needs.

Deadline: NA


Integral Care

From: Integral Care Foundation

Description: Supporting Travis County. Mental health resources; 24 hr help line 512-472-HELP, ongoing counseling available, drug and alcohol treatment assistance, and some housing support.

Deadline: NA


From: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Description: Stated mission: NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

Deadline: NA


HUD: Avoiding Foreclosure

From: HUD

Description: HUD.GOV helps people find strategies and resources to avoid foreclosure.

Deadline: NA

Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants (RENT) Assistance Program

From: City of Austin

Description from the site: “The Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants (RENT) Assistance Program provides full rent payment for income-eligible Austin renters financially impacted by COVID-19.” Open until funds are exhausted.

Deadline: This program will accept new applicants until funds are depleted. *Update* program has additional funding for now, please apply sooner rather than later.

Stop Tx Eviction

From: Texas Supreme Court collaborating with local legal entities

Description: Apply for legal assistance, obtain information about your rights as a renter, find out about rental assistance in your area. This service was created to help direct people (renters) who need help with evictions.

Deadline: NA Pilot program serving 19 counties in Texas will move to serve the entire state by the end of January. Ongoing program.


Austin Energy Customer Assistance Programs

From: Austin Energy

Description: A list of programs offered by Austin Energy to support customers during the pandemic.

Deadline: Many programs only available until 9.30.2020


Food Banks/Pantries

From: Capital Texas Food Bank

Description: Feeding families in need.

Deadline: NA

Austin Independent School District Meals and Produce Boxes

From: AISD

Description: Meals are produce boxes are available for children under 19 and sometimes parents/caregivers, for those that qualify. Dependent upon funding- the program was originally designed to terminate in December but will continue in varying ways throughout the school year (2020-2021). Please click on link for details.

Deadline: Update- free meals will be provided to anyone under 19 “as long as there is a need” for remote students. Please see site as it is updated very often as funding and resources change.


TWC Child care Resources Page

From: Texas Workforce Commission

Description: Information and resources for child care and early learning through the TWC.

Deadline:  Dependant on funding and per program, check their website for more information. 


Austin Public Health Testing Sites

From: City of Austin

Description: Free Covid testing is available in the City of Austin. If you have insurance, it is recommended you speak with your primary care doctor. Otherwise, take the self assessment on the website to determine if you need to receive a test.

Deadline: NA


COA Covid-19 Economic Recovery

From: City of Austin

Description: This City of Austin page is designed to help Austinites locate and identify resources in the area.

Deadline: NA

Lloyd’s Donation/Fundraising Update

Blood Drive

Lloyd the Warehouse has been BUSY- whadda warehouse. Huge thanks to the 25 people who signed up to donate blood with We Are Blood this past Sunday. They were so impressed we filled up the slots and kept doing so. After filling up the first standard 4 hours, they reached out and asked to add time and slots and the community stepped up! Well done! If you missed out and still wanted to give blood, you can directly make an appointment with them by going here:

Food Drive

Similarly, the virtual fundraiser for the food bank has gone so very well. We exceeded our goal of $1234 early in the week and the community has continued to give. That fundraiser will close this coming Sunday, May 31st. If you are able and inspired to, please consider throwing even $5 at the good folk at The Central Texas Food Bank. For every $1 that is donated, they can provide 4 meals.

Again, thank you to every single person that has participated or that will. You really stepped up! Thank you.

Burner Art Safari 2020

The community provideth. As promised here’s the map for all your self-guided, socially distant, burner safari needs. Poke around, click on the “flags” for titles and details of the individual art pieces. Some pieces will be available 24/7 from Thursday May 21st to Monday morning May 25th, and some for only part of the time, have special time sensitive events listed in the notes, etc.- check out the descriptions for more info and make your plans accordingly. 

If you were hoping to participate and haven’t had a chance to “register” your art project yet (clearly visible from the street), please read the blog and complete the form. It might take a minute, but we will add your art to the map throughout the weekend. 

DO NOT Trespass– please don’t waltz on to anyone’s property uninvited. Stay in your car/on the street/sidewalk. If you happen to see someone, feel free to wave and thank ‘em- just don’t go ringing doorbells or charging them for conversation. Social distancing is important. 

DO NOT Touch The Art– This is not an invitation to go messing with people’s art. Touching other people’s stuff is not respectful and clearly not in the spirit of social distancing. 

PHOTOGRAPHY- If you see a sign near the art specifically asking you not to take pictures, don’t. 

KFLiP, The Voice of Pyropolis will be on the air for Virtual Flipside 2020! Our community has come together to create 4 days of programming, starting at Thursday Noon and going until Monday about 2pm. Catch all the shows, see the calendar of upcoming shows, and interact with the DJs at!

HUGE thanks to all the artists who are participating and sharing their awesome projects. You are inspiring and your efforts are so appreciated! As always, this magic couldn’t have happened without you and we are all so grateful. We are excited to be able to share a little Flipside magic with our friends and family inside and outside of the community. Happy (art) hunting! 

Please enjoy Burner Art Safari 2020- pith helmet not required but costumes always encouraged. NOTE: If you use google maps extensively, you may want to play with your layers settings. MAP MAP MAP.

Other link to map: Map

Burner Art Map Submission

Do you have art visible from the street? Would you like to share? A couple of community members are organizing an art map designed so that burners can enjoy a self-guided, social distanced art tour from the comfort of their car. The “tour” lasts from Thursday, May 21st until early Monday morning, May 25th. Think of it like a little Burner Art Safari. Pith helmet optional. Costumes always encouraged.

Here’s a quick teaser of the preliminary map:

If the piece is better viewed at day or night, or will only be available for set hours, etc., please include that information in the description and/or notes.

Location: if you prefer not to post your actual address, be sure to add specific instructions on where the piece is located (example: 1000 block E. Applegate Ln, North Side, middle of the block).

Artist’s/Participant’s names and emails will not be shared on the map. The title of the piece, location, area, description (and notes, when applicable) WILL be included.

If you would like to participate, complete this quick form, preferably before Thursday (although we will take later submissions, those will be added much more slowly):

If you know an artist who would like to play, feel free to share this link with your friends and campmates.

The link for the actual map will be released sometime Thursday morning. If you choose to join in the self-guided tour, please remember that these pieces are on private property. Do NOT trespass (stay in your car or, if you are on foot or bike, do not leave the street/sidewalk) and do NOT touch the art. Please maintain above standard social distancing practices.

Looking forward to checking out all the awesome art! Thanks for playing!

Donation Drive at Lloyd


There are some BIG needs in the world right now. Covid-19 has drastically impacted blood donations, while the need has not decreased. With the country-wide shortage of blood, there are a lot of folk who are having to wait days for life-saving transfusions. Additionally, we are all feeling the economic impacts of this disease and many, many people are having to depend on food donations to make it through. We might not be able to control many things right now, and that is incredibly frustrating, but we have the opportunity to provide gifts to our broader community that can quite literally save lives. 

Gifting: It’s part of who we are. 

It’s one of several beautiful ideals at the core of our collective identity as burners. This year, we won’t be able to share our gifts in person with one another at an event and that’s painful in a special sort of way. We all look forward to being together again, safely and soon. In the meantime, if you are able, please consider spreading the word and participating in these meaningful ways where we can provide gifts to our local community. 

Here are some ways we can help:

Blood Drive at Lloyd


Sunday, May 24th

12:00pm – 4:00pm

Lloyd The Warehouse is hosting a blood drive! Come lend a helping arm and save local lives. It’s easy, just click here to make an appointment on-line. We will be stationed in the Bloodmobile Bus in front of Lloyd The Warehouse. 

Walk-ins are not being accepted- please schedule an appointment if you would like to give blood. 

If you have eligibility questions, check out We Are Blood’s website. If you have more specific questions or would like assistance signing up, call We Are Blood at 512-206-1266.

For questions specific to our drive, contact stephy at

*Remember! Bring a mask, eat a full meal before donating, and bring your photo ID. Follow the instructions on the website- you can complete the form on the  *day of* donation and bring the printout or a code to skip the onsite questionnaire. 

Please read the FAQ about being at Lloyd the Warehouse and giving blood at the end of this post.

Lloyd’s Virtual Food Drive

Please join Lloyd the Warehouse in helping to feed our Community. 

The Central Texas Food Bank believes in providing comprehensive support to address urgent issues, and to ensure that our neighbors have the tools and information needed to access food and other programs through our network—now or whenever they find themselves in need.

A gift today helps ensure the Food Bank’s shelves are stocked so they can respond when needed most.

According to the Food Bank, right now the most helpful thing would be to provide financial contributions. They are able to provide 4 meals with just $1. 

If you would rather donate food items, please visit for more information. They are accepting donations at the back of the building by the loading docks. The entrance is off Burleson Rd. and open M-F 8AM to 5PM. 

The most needed items are: peanut butter canned chicken breast or tuna canned low sodium vegetables canned fruit in its own juice (no sugar added) dry pinto beans brown rice non-fat dry milk powder 100% whole grain cereal.

Thank you!

Don’t forget- participation doesn’t have to be that you, personally, make a donation. If you feel inspired to, please consider sharing this information and help spread the word. 

We are all in this together. 

Thank you, all. Until we meet again <3


Q. Can you guarantee my safety if I choose to participate?

  1. No. Not even a little. We are doing everything we can to minimize risk, but as you know, every interaction involves some risk at this time. We seek to not cause harm- you will have to do what’s right for you and we all fully support this. 

Q. This is being held at the warehouse? Can we hang out?

  1. No. 

Q. No, seriously. We want to spend some time at the warehouse. If we donate blood, can we spend some time up there?

  1. No, seriously. If you are donating blood, We Are Blood requests that donors show up no more than 5 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment and leave when they are done resting on the bus. Their team must stick to strict guidelines and having people milling around is not in anyone’s best interest.

Q. My friend/family member/partner/bestie wants to drive me to and from when I donate blood. Can they hang out while I’m donating?

  1. Not in the lot. If you need someone to drive you to and from, please note that they will not be allowed to hang out while you are on the bus. They must stay in their vehicle while waiting for you. 

Q. If I come up to donate, do I have to sign a waiver (if I haven’t already for this year)?

  1. Of course! We will have waivers on site, ready for your steady hand. If you’re at Lloyd, ya gotta sign the waiver. Please make sure you review the warehouse policies

Q. I was looking forward to donating blood but I woke up feeling sick May 24th. Should I come up anyway?

  1. Please, no. Definitely not. Take good care of yourself and stay home. If you signed up to donate, follow the instructions on the website to let them know you will not make your appointment. 

Q. Is it a big deal if I miss my appointment with We Are Blood?

  1. YES. Please do not sign up to donate blood unless you are 1000% committed to showing up, ON TIME (no burner time- they can’t operate like that). Unfortunately, if you miss your appointment, they cannot take walk-ins at this time- which means that that slot is “wasted” and that’s just another hit to the supply. If you find out days before that you will be unable to make it, please reach out to We Are Blood directly so that they may open up that time slot for someone else to fill (if they are able to). If you have to miss your appointment because you are feeling ill the day of, please see the previous FAQ entry- your gift may just be trying to keep yourself and everyone safe that day and that’s okay. 

Q. Do we need to wear masks if we donate blood?

  1. Yes. We Are Blood requires all donors to come with their own masks. While on site, for everyone’s safety, masks will be required for the duration. 

Q. Can we use the bathroom at the warehouse?

  1. Negative. In order for We Are Blood to safely perform their service they require exclusive use of the “facilities,” which means that no one else can use the bathroom while they are on site. Please plan accordingly. 

Q. What’s accessibility like on this bus?

  1. Unfortunately, it is really just a converted bus (and all that that entails). They have much better accessibility at their brick and mortar locations. If you would like to, please visit and speak with those good folk directly. 

Q. Can I show up with a table of snacks and drinks and cheer and fluff people donating?

  1. Please, don’t. It’s super sweet of you to want to find another way to help but no one gets to just “hang out,” even with the best of intentions. There will be a couple people on site to help things run smoothly as well as to ensure that social distancing practices are being respected. We must honor the health care workers from We Are Blood by being, and remaining, scarce. Get in, do yo thang, get out quickly and safely and know that you are loved and appreciated but we just can’t do “people” right now. 

Q. This event is being held at the end of May. Surely the State will continue to lift restrictions and we can totally throw caution to the wind and party? 

  1. No. We Are Blood does not intend to change their current, strict system in order to protect their staff and their donors, and neither will we. It is unlikely that there will be enough data to “prove” we may safely congregate in May. Please understand that we will continue to enforce social distancing guidelines at Lloyd, even outside, to make sure that when this is all over and we can be together again, no one is missing. 

Refund Update

Finally some good news, thanks to the generosity of many in the community, those of you that requested a refund will receive a full refund. So each adult ticket refund will be $132 and each Kid ticket refund will be $40. (Some of you put in for Child ticket refunds, but those were already $0 so no refund will be given for those tickets). As of this moment, the checks for the refunds are in the mail to the address provided on your survey response. You should receive them as soon as the US Postal Service delivers them. 

Let us know if you have any questions or concerns.