About us, our history, and lots of cool pictures of the amazing things we’ve seen and done at AfterBurn and Preheat.
About AfterBurn & Preheat
PreHeat and AfterBurn are Regional Burn Events which follow the 10 Principles of Burning Man. Our events are official fundraisers for Burnt Oranges Inc, a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is devoted to cultivating interactive art through artist funding and advocacy, by creating supportive venues for interactive artists and performers, and through public education of interactive art. For the last decade, we’ve had our events each year at Maddox Ranch in Lakeland, FL. As a continuation of this social experiment, AfterBurn will be moving to a new venue in Bartow (about 20 miles south of Lakeland), and we’re looking forward to starting a new chapter in its evolution. Burns gives participants the opportunity to share, create, evolve, experience, work, play, contribute, and love! We welcome you to join us.
Yeah, but what is it?
AfterBurn is an experience and opportunity for diverse people to collectively build a temporary “Utopic city” of their own creation. If you want to create a dazzling space where people can dance, or invent an interactive experience, or share your special healing power, or organize a toga party pub crawl, or build something big, crazy and beautiful then burn it down, this is your opportunity to bring that idea to life and gift it to the other participants. And since everyone is a participant like you, we all feel very connected to each other as we share our gifts that built our city, and volunteer a couple shifts of our time so our city can operate.
In addition to the selfless joy of creating something and sharing it with others, we also get to enjoy the many diverse gifts from others, making every event unique and different. You will see yogis, massage therapists, musicians, fire performers, costumes, healers, thinkers, art, lights, fire, and a few random surprises that will blow your mind. You never know what you’ll encounter, which is half the excitement. So bring us your passions, share your dreams, and meet some amazing souls along the way. Let us all be part of this incredibly beautiful experience together!
Started in [year] as [name], it was simply just a gathering of about [number] friends and burners, who got together for a weekend and had a burner time. By [year] we had grown to [number] strong, so our founder (Storm) created the Burnt Oranges Inc nonprofit organization and successfully got AfterBurn approved to be the sanctioned Regional Burn of Central Florida. [more stuff a few years later][more stuff a few years later]. During the last 5 years, most of our burns each had over 900 participants, 30 theme camps, and over $[amount] in art grants awarded.
[Better to give a timeline of events, along with some eye candy, than in paragraph form above. Each sentence could have a picture to the left, then the next sentence have a picture to the right, and so on. Each in their own container, similar to the home page and the Earth Guardian page. ]