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Our mission is to foster a collaborative environment and community for participatory arts, encouraging people to express their creativity, and challenging them to extend their concept of both community and art.

From its inception in 2003, Firefly Arts Collective has helped to foster art and community through its interactive, multi-day, outdoor arts and culture event held annually over 4th of July weekend. Inspired by the principles of Burning Man, and rooted in creative individual participation, the annual Firefly event is recognized as an official Burning Man regional. A few years ago the collective obtained official 501(c)3 non-profit status. Since that time, our focus has expanded to more year round activities in addition to our annual event “up in the woods”.

Firefly community members are creative and eclectic individuals. We come from many walks of life: artists, scientists, healers, engineers, dreamers, makers—and gather together to create a temporary zone for radical self-expression. We paint, sculpt, light things on fire, write code, cook food, build things, dance, destroy things—all activities to engage the creative spirit. We make art happen and cause unexpected interactions to be realized.

We foster a collaborative artistic community by:

  • Creating and running events and gatherings that showcase our community’s creative endeavors.
  • Managing a Creative Art Grant program to help incubate participatory art for Firefly and beyond.
  • Promoting and announcing events, shows, and gallery openings in this artistic community AND its connected regional artistic communities.
  • Managing key communication tools such as this website, announcement lists, a discussion list, and social networks.


As a non-profit arts organization that relies on the goodwill of the community, the Firefly Arts Collective strives to be open and transparent in its activities. By documenting the business side of the organization and making those documents available to the community, we acknowledge the important role that everyone plays in our growth and success.

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