Afterburn Report: InterFuse 2017
Introduction and Thanks
InterFuse 2017 started out with a LOT of rain. A weekend of record rainfall in southern Missouri left many of the area’s major and minor highway bridges closed. Effigy, TLA, and Kitchen crews made it on site via alternate routes due to so many sections of highway being closed off due to the flash floods. Wednesday evening, and Thursday morning had many volunteers dubbing the event “MoistureFuse” and “InterFlood.” Nevertheless, we burned on. The ECs Britta, Devin, and Red would like to thank all of the leads, volunteers, theme camps, artists, and participants for making InterFuse 2017 awesome.
Theme and effigy
InterFuse’s theme for 2017 was Repurpose Revolution submitted by Loee Love
“Innovation through reuse. You know what they say: one man’s trash is a burner’s treasure. Ok, maybe they don’t say that, but what if they did? A theme based on repurposing, reusing, upcycling, recycling, whatever you want to call it. People all over the world are acknowledging our over consumption and production of waste and are increasingly aware of the detriment to our earth and have started thinking up innovative and creative ways to repurpose in art, fashion, and building.
Repurpose Revolution brings civic responsibility to the forefront by forcing participants to take a look at the trash in their own homes and community and think of a way to reuse it. And reuse it as only a burner can! Imagine art, structures, sculptures, costumes, the effigy – all built from repurposed items. From trash to art! 2017 marks our first all ages burn, and Repurpose Revolution will be a great introduction to the creativity and resourcefulness of our community to our young people – our future. And who better to inspire us? Kids have been making art from popsicle sticks and milk cartons for decades! How will you recycle?”
Effigy photos by Kiwi
The effigy this year titled “Round Thing With Animals In It” was designed and built by Paul Salierno. It was a carousel containing animals that participants could ride on, and switch around the heads and tails. The top of the carousel featured a massive flame effect. Paul used repurposed electrical spools, and offcuts from the lumber mill to fit the Repurpose theme.
Photo by Brian Perez
Photo by Amanda Selenke
InterFuse Goes All Ages
2017’s biggest change was the integration of children at InterFuse. In the late summer a landslide percentage of community members voted to have InterFuse go all ages. This resulted in event participants creating a “Kidsville” for family camping, and an 18+ area for adult activities.
Photo by Robin Murphy
The Temple of Self was the official temple for Interfuse 2017, designed by Nathan Keuster. Its shape was a white-walled octagon atop a 2-step platform featuring 4 arched entrances. Each entrance containing a name. Shame, Fear, Grief, & Rage. Plaques will sat outside the perimeter of each entrance providing guidance. Participants were encouraged to set an intention, choose an entrance, & ascend the stairs to enter.
The Temple of Self was the second temple in InterFuse history, and marked a shift in bringing and recognizing temple culture in the Midwest Burner community.
The InterFuse art team now coined IFArt team received 25% of ticket sales in art grant funding and raised near $3000 through events such as Decemburn, the art auction at Ignition and art donations through the Donation Button. They awarded 60+ art proposals with a near total of $17,000 in art grants.
The IFArt team also completed the following this year (which were all new):
-We opened the proposal submissions earlier and received improved responses
-Gave the art panel increased time for review of proposals and voting
-The IFArt team Tour De’ Art successfully completed with a 1 hour art tour with art cars and art leads talking about the art and with artists as they toured the event grounds with all who wanted to attend and a photographer
-Patches and stickers for artists and art donors
-Laminated awards to place on all art pieces for identification throughout the burn
-Lammies for all art grant and honorarium recipients
-Spending on art that was not originally funded but was impressive enough to warrant monetary reward post event
-Adding a placement map of all of the art grant and honorarium recipients
From Earth Guardian Leads: Tricia Woolbright (Miz Trish) and John Beddow (North Star):
We had volunteers pretty consistently, all our needed equipment, and we were able to clean up from the previous land users and our own event smoothly. We had a lot of great participation from the community and only two really rough spots with folks who were not familiar with leave no trace principals entirely. So all in all, it was a very successful Earth Guardians / Leave no trace event.
Statement of Financial Activities
InterFuse Repurpose Revolution yielded a significantly smaller net revenue than in previous years. The greatest factor in the change of net revenue can be attributed to a notable increase in art grants: $3,985 in 2015, $9,390 in 2016, and $18,065 in 2017. If the community wishes to continue funding art in this manner, the accountant recommends increasing ticket price 25 – 50 percent in 2018.
In early 2017, the board implemented a new financial policy and procedure that can be found here. The greatest impact of this change was that leads were not issued gift cards in 2017. There was increased receipt reporting by leads in 2017 and the organization will likely continue following the DDBP. Any community feedback regarding the policy can be directed to the board or Hilary Garlic Fingers.
Also in 2017, the board accountant implemented a new budgeting system (based off feedback from Lakes of Fire financial wizards). Access to view the document is here. Please direct any questions about the budgeting to Hilary Garlic Fingers.
Misappropriation: A now-former board member was issued cash with the expectation the funds would be used to pay for neighbor gifts (and a small portion for straw and security officers). Funds totaling $1,032.50 were misappropriated. The misappropriation is listed on the budget document, MWB books, and will be reported on our annual tax return. The former board member has indicated they intend to return these funds to the organization.
IF 2017 Budget
Link to 2016 IF Budget
Tier 1 price
Link to 2015 IF Budget
Link to Receipts folder!
Revenue, Tier 1
Total Ticket Revenue
Art Donations (various)
Changes in budget will be highlighted in Yellow (can only be entered by HGF)
PROGRAM 1: PRESENTATION OF ART
IF Department Expenses
Link to Details
TLA (incl gator/fuel)
IF Shared Event Expenses
straw, $7.50 misappropriated
pymt 4/28 for $200 deposit
check 1229 to Paul 4/27 for 400.00
Golf cart rental
Rental, damage fees
Golf cart fuel
fuel and cans
issued 4/10, $25.00 misappropriated
issued 4/10, misappropriated 5/01
Ticket Expenses (Burner Tickets fee)
Ticket Expenses (PayPal fee)
Transpo (rent & fuel)
Penske + fuel
TOTAL PRESENTATION OF ART
PROGRAM 2: FUNDING OF ART
Grant team can add all donations to the actual spending in this account
TOTAL FUNDING OF ART
PROGRAM 3: COMMUNITY OUTREACH
TOTAL COMMUNITY OUTREACH
TOTAL PROGRAM EXPENSE
TOTAL ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSE
TOTAL FUNDRAISING EXPENSE