FreezerBurn Texas is a Central Texas winter regional arts event and community experiment. FreezerBurn 2023: Weird Science will be held on Jan. 13-16 at Valkyrie Ranch in Paige. See below for more details.
Sep. 25 update
The General Ticket Lottery is now open! Get signed up here. Lottery closes at midnight on Saturday, Oct. 1.
Sept. 15 update
Sept. 11 update
Hi, y’all. Here’s a recap of items we discussed at yesterday’s Town Hall.
We’re having an event! For realsies. We think. We hope.
We canceled FreezerBurn 2022 because case counts were spiking, the severity of Omicron was not yet known, a third of the FZB Leadership had active COVID cases in their homes two weeks before the event, and volunteers were voting with their feet in droves.
This cycle, we’re taking measures to mitigate what we can. Of course, we will always follow federal, state, and local guidance about outdoor events. Fortunately, the severity of COVID seems to be down for many populations. We can anticipate that there will again be a post-holiday spike, so we’re working to build more cross-training and backups into our Leadership structure. This means making sure that each Team is led by folks who have enough social distance from each other immediately pre-event so they don’t share COVID cooties.
Please be thinking about and sharing your thoughts on how we can help mitigate cancellation. How can we stand up volunteer shifts and critical staffing at all levels in a sustainable way?
To be frank, we can’t financially handle another cancellation without some pretty big support** or changes. So we’re doing everything we can not to cancel again. We want to hear from y’all about this. Please hit reply or talk to your volunteer Leads if you have thoughts.
**A related note about money.
We have been very intentional about minimizing unnecessary expenses, but costs necessarily incurred during two years of canceled events eat into our very tight operating budget.
If you have the means and inclination, consider donating to the Art Fund or General Fund for Art Community Builders, the nonprofit that organizes FreezerBurn here: https://bit.ly/fzbdonate
Vaccinations still required.
All participants must be up to date with COVID vaccines and boosters. This is true for both FreezerBurn and “pre-event events” like Work Weekends, Effigy Build Days, Hypothermia, etc. We are discontinuing use of VaxYes to gate ticket sales to save money. (We may still use it at the physical gate to enter the event.)
Land: We have a home for a while!
We’ve signed a five-year contract with Valkyrie Ranch. We value this partnership and can’t wait to see it grow.
This event is powered by volunteers. Volunteers like you!
All Teams need volunteers! Learn more about the Teams and Departments here: https://fzbtx.com/volunteer/. We’re working on improvements to the volunteer onboarding process, but for now email firstname.lastname@example.org to get connected.
We’re still looking for 1-2 more Board Understudies. Relevant experience would include work with non-profit/volunteer organizations, or just an interest in how we run things! Nominate yourself or someone else here: https://bit.ly/fzbnominate
One other potential change this year is that we are considering maybe officially starting the event on Thursday evening– if and only if we have strong volunteerism. So tell your friends!
The info you’re looking for: Tickets!
If you already have a ticket, you’re good to go!
Not sure if you do? Email email@example.com.
Don’t have a ticket?
- General Tickets ($125): We will release these via a lottery using Quicket, like last year. The lottery will accept entries Sept. 25 to Oct. 1.
- Art Tickets ($200): These will be sold first come, first serve. (No lottery for Art Tickets.) Sales start at noon on Sept. 15 and will enable us to do another Art Grant cycle.
- Volunteer Tickets ($125): We’ll also have a robust pool of Volunteer Tickets. Talk to your lead or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s a possibility of a fire sale in late December or early January if Volunteer Tickets are undersold.
Reminder: There are no more Vehicle Passes, but RV Passes ($25) are still required for anything over 25 feet.
Hypothermia (our big annual training for the Safety Team) is scheduled for November 4-6 at Valkyrie Ranch. RSVP to the Facebook event if you’re into that kinda thing. Otherwise stay tuned for more details.
Keep an eye out for more dates for Work Weekends, Come Chat with FreezerBurn Leadership social events, Art Grant application deadlines, Theme Camp registration deadlines, and more.
More to come soon! In the meantime, thanks for being part of our community.
Contact us: board@fzbtx
Facebook: FreezerBurn Texas
Oh, and if you happen to be looking for the FreezerBurn Alberta, a Canadian Regional Burn: Their website is at http://www.freezerburn.org. We are not associated with that event, but we have common values and names. It’s a small world, after all.