Photo credit: Leslie the Pony Lion and Amy. Photo © Sara Muskulus
Here at FirePony Creative Society,* we strive to attract, inspire, and nurture a diverse community to celebrate and encourage experiments in the creation of art, a culture of play, and the collective sharing of ideas and skills. We do this by building an interactive, experiential, sustainable environment that encourages a culture of play, artistic creativity and freedom of expression. Join us!
*FirePony Creative Society is the trade name for Playa del Fuego, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Maryland.
Virtual del Fuego 2.0
Memorial Day Weekend 2021
Fri. May 28, 2021 6pm – Mon. May 31, 2021 3pm
What is Virtual del Fuego (VDF)?
VDF is an EXPERIMENT in creating INTERACTIVE communal SPACES in virtual places. Everyone is INVITED to work. Everyone is invited to PLAY.
For those who missed it last year, VDF is a FREE sanctioned Burning Man REGIONAL with a unique BURNER BUILT website using JITSI that captures the NEIGHBORHOOD FEEL of a physical burn. Participants can move from CAMP TO CAMP, create IMMEDIACY ROOMS, sign up for STAGE time, and share your favorite STREAMING platforms.
Join us by logging on here: virtual.playadelfuego.org
Community Art and Civic Engagement Grant Program
Photo Credit: Temple of Transformus by Michael Verdon, 2015 Photo © Wil Etheredge
Congratulations Grant winners Bardia Saeedi for their project Quilted Stores and Cristina Fletcher for the Park Place Community Rain Garden!
Quilted Stories is a travelling museum of artifacts and personal stores exhibited through puppet shows, performance art, and interactive art. To learn more about this project (and participate!) check out www.quilted-stories.com
The Park Place Community Rain Garden is a native plant rain garden with signage. Volunteers will create native rain garden to mitigate drainage issues and beautify the Park Place neighborhood in Norfolk, VA.
The FirePony Community Art and Civic Engagement Program strives to support artists and organizations around the mid-Atlantic region year-round in their efforts to develop innovative, collaborative, community-focused art and civic engagement projects. See the CACE Overview.
We encourage artists and organizations that share a passion for the burner ethos and demonstrate a commitment to bringing participatory, interactive art, or forward-thinking collaborative projects to their communities to apply. Learn more about the CACE Grant Program here.
The next round of CACE Grant Applications is tentatively set for Fall 2021.
Finally, we’re actively recruiting for the CACE Program. Contact the CACE team if you’d like to be a part of this exciting project: caceprogram (at) firepony (dot) org.
Upcoming Important Dates
VDF 2.0 – Memorial Day Weekend 2021
Burner Banter Hour Schedule
Apr. 21, 2021 @ 7 pm et
May 19, 2021 @ 7 pm et
Jun 16, 2021 @ 7 pm et
Zoom meeting ID 750 660 4772
Photo Credit : Photophrenzy Fall PDF 2014 Photo © Paige Burger
Opportunities to Participate
Photo Credit: Another Way, Fall PDF 2014, by Samantha Simmonds. Photo © Sara Muskulus
FirePony Creative Society is a volunteer-run organization. Together we build and strengthen our amazing community through collaborative efforts, in which we celebrate and encourage experiments in the creation of art and develop a culture of play. All of our events, community activities, and grant programs happen because incredible volunteers like you step forward and help make them a reality. Whether you want to help out by volunteering at an event or to join an artist’s team, or would like to stretch your leadership legs by joining a planning team or the organization’s board of directors, we invite you to reach out! Our community is large and growing, and we can help point you in the right direction. Check out current opportunities to participate here.
Join the Team that is making VDF happen! VDF 2.0 is urgently looking for volunteers to fill the following positions:
VDF Web Team, User Story Writer – help the Web Team define, prioritize, and create workflows for taking VDF from a minimum viable product to a maximum lovable product!
Ranger Lead – Manage, document, and prep Rangers for VDF. This position is supported by Black Rock Rangers, who will provide training and logistical support for Rangering on Virtual platforms and other lessons gleaned from the first VDF and the BM Multiverse
Volunteer Lead – Manage Sign Up Genius and work with departments to track volunteers for the Volunteer Reserve Ticket Program
Greeter Lead – Manage, document, train, and prep greeter volunteers in a an online scenario to educate incoming participants on burner culture and VDF platform orientation.
Streaming Consultant – Multi-platform experienced and tech savvy streamer wanted to consult with Web Team and Participants on integrating streaming platforms and improving overall production quality
You can explore opportunities to be part of the team that makes VDF happen at https://firepony.org/volunteer
Join the FPCS Conduct Committee! The Conduct Committee is guided by the FirePony Creative Society Code of Conduct, as established by the Board of Directors. The Conduct Committee goals are to help foster a safer environment for community members at all FPCS-sponsored events, limit FPCS’s liability and ensure the sustainability of sponsoring community events. We are looking to grow our team! Learn more here.
Keep in touch with the FirePony community!
Join the monthly Burner Banter Hour, an informal monthly meetup that takes place on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7 PM ET. More details under Current Opportunities to Participate here