Hello fellow space conquerors, super novas, astronauts, and sea slugs!
Myschievia - We Are Star Stuff Art Grant Applications are coming to a close in less than two weeks! We wanted to give you a nudge incase there is an project you are thinking of bringing.
Art Grants are inclusive to EVERYONE besides Art Lead, LLC, and the volunteers of the Art Grant Committee. Whether you're thinking of: Trickery! Fire! Lights! Sculpture! Sound! Gifts! The sky is the limit.
Come one, come all and lets make some art for That Thing in The Woods!
Click here for the art grant application
Click here for the art grant committee inquiry
2019 Art Lead
So you're going to Myschevia, and you want to volunteer for Sanctuary?
ALL SANCTUARY VOLUNTEERS NEED TRAINING ANNUALLY!
There is one scheduled Sanctuary training for Myschevia 2019 in Austin on August 10th. Additional trainings will be held in Dallas (7/27), Denton (8/25), DFW Safety Extravaganza (9/15), and on-land (Fri 10/11). Check the calendar for details!
EVERYONE NEEDS LISTENER TRAINING! It's one hour of mostly radical listening with some fun exercises peppered in to keep you awake.
We will accept any Sanctuary Listener training you have completed in the most recent 12 months before Myschevia. YES, WE ACCEPT TRAINING FROM OTHER BURNS (but please read our packet at the top of your shift)!
MHA's & SHIFT SUPERVISORS ALSO NEED SUPERVISOR TRAINING! (Don’t worry, it’s just a 30-min add-on to Listener training.)
Have real-world mental health experience? You're qualified to take MHA Training.
Have worked at least one listener shift and want to help supervise? You're qualified to take Shift Supervisor Training.
Time for the ticket roll call!
As you know, LLC provided us with guaranteed incentive tickets for last year's volunteers, so there will be NO CRITICAL VOLUNTEER tickets this year.
If you already have a ticket, great!
If not, start with Texas Ticket Fairy (which should be live for Myschievia by July 14th).
Next, try personal trades!
Safety team leads are working to connect our volunteers with available tickets. If you are planning to come to Myschievia and volunteer for Sanctuary, I will add you to the Safety team database. This is not a guaranteed ticket, and you should definitely keep looking through other channels!
Please let me know your ticket status via email. I will only add people to the team database who have indicated their need to me!
2019 Sanctuary Lead
As we’ve stated before, we ran into some ticketing issues that have left many confused. In an effort to maintain transparency, here’s where we currently are:
What’s the hold up?
What are we doing about it?
What can you do to help?
Thank you for fighting the laws of entropy with us.
UPDATE ON THE TICKET SITUATION:
When tickets went live, most of you received an error message that your credit card was unable to be processed. This was due to the high volume of transactions at that time. (And yes, we had notified the credit card processor in advance). The volume of transactions caused the credit card processor's fraud protections to flag ALL of the transactions for manual review. ALL transactions were captured and flagged, including each of the multiple attempts many people made. The result was a couple thousand individual transactions that needed to be manually verified by the LLC. Our process to keep things fair was to close the sale to prevent more duplicates and sort the transactions by name so we could individually delete all multiple attempts after a person's initial attempt. This took many many hours and we appreciate everyone's patience as we worked through this. The end result was some 1,400 individual transactions after duplicates were deleted.
Our next step was to sort the transactions again by time stamp and manually approve transactions until we reached our predetermined cap. We reached this cap at approximately 12:04 PM yesterday. It's no wonder we triggered the velocity detectors! Yes, you read that right. We sold out in 4 minutes. There will be no more tickets available at this time. We apologize for any inconveniences.
So what next? Many of you will notice your credit cards being processed today. We are still having an issue with the credit card processor and Brown Paper Tickets communicating, so even though your card processes, you may not receive a confirmation email from BPT right away. We are working with BPT to resolve this as quickly as possible, even if we have to manually send out confirmation emails. We are also having to go through and decline the pending transactions that did not make the cut off for when tickets sold out. So how will you know if you got a ticket? Your card should process today, but whether you see that depends on your bank and how they process. We are hoping to have the confirmation emails sent out by the end of today or tomorrow at the latest and are on the phone with BPT to resolve as quickly as possible.
We plan to send an official email out as soon as this last piece is resolved with all of this information as well. We just did not want to bombard people's inboxes with multiple emails so we are waiting until all issues have been resolved.
We greatly appreciate your patience and support as we have worked through these issues. Hail Sagan and may Neil deGrasse Tyson be with you.
Ticket sales will now resume at 10pm CST today. With all of the multiple attempts of purchase, it's more time-consuming to sort through than initially thought.
*WHAT HAD HAPPENED WAS*
The credit card processing company was hit with hundreds of transactions simultaneously so they put each transaction into an approval queue, requiring LLC to manually approve each and every transaction individually.
*BUT I RECEIVED AN ERROR MESSAGE*
Did it thank you for your transaction? Then you're in the queue and your purchase went through. Check the image and if that's what you saw, yu should receive a confirmation email shortly!
*BUT I TRIED TO BUT LIKE 100 TIMES*
No worries. As long as the name on the tickets are the same, even if you used a different credit card, only the initial attempt will be processed. You won't be charged for the subsequent attempts.
*PLEASE BE PATIENT*
If you received the error message below, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REPURCHASE. Even if you didn't receive a confirmation email yet. You will. We promise.
Thanks for bearing with us while we figure this out!
CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS
LLC is having to manually go through and approve or decline each sale within the credit card processing company. PLEASE STOP TRYING TO PURCHASE TICKETS IF YOU HAVE ALREADY MADE ONE. It will be approved and you will get a confirmation email soon!
Did you kick ass as a volunteer last year to receive a link for the Volunteer Incentive Tickets the LLC so graciously awarded us? Sweet! Don't forget to grab them by midnight this Friday!
The tickets made available for the volunteers will be put into the General Admission pool and released into the wild for anyone to grab! Make sure you grab yours NOW! To reiterate:
VOLUNTEER INCENTIVE CODES WILL NO LONGER BE VALID AFTER MIDNIGHT CST ON FRIDAY, JUNE 28TH.
You know what that means?
That's right! It's almost time for everyone else to grab those tickets!
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS GO ON SALE AT NOON CST ON SATURDAY, JUNE 29TH.
Get your credit cards and clicking fingers ready. And remember, there will be ONLY ONE round of ticket sales. Check out the Tickets page for more info! See you soon, Stars!
As a thank you for everything you did to help make Myschievia a success last year, many volunteers from the 2018 season have qualified for our volunteer incentive program! This is the first year for this program, and we're hoping it's a success! Thank you to all the leads who assisted us by tracking who showed up for shifts last year to get to this point.
This year's theme, as voted on at Town Hall, is We Are Star Stuff. Beginning June 1st at 12pm through June 28th at 12am, qualified volunteers from last year will be able to purchase up to two tickets before the general admission sale begins on June 29th at 12pm.
Can't attend this year? No problem. Any unsold Volunteer Incentive tickets will be consolidated into the general ticket number available on June 29th. If you miss the Volunteer Incentive ticket window, your passcode becomes invalid and you must purchase a ticket via the general sale that begins on June 29th at noon.
If you have any questions, concerns, or general theories about traveling to other dimensions, drop us a line here. And again, you're all the best sort of people and we're lucky to know you.
Thanks and Hail Sagan,
Feeling inspired? Myschievia 2019 : We are Star Stuff is around the corner and art grant applications have officially gone LIVE!
We are currently seeking all artists and creatives and would love to help you make your vision and inspiration a reality. No project is too big, nor too small. If you have any questions on what it takes to get an art grant, or if you'd like to be on our Art Grant Committee, please email your art team here.
Art grant applications close July 21st so get your plans set and your application submitted soon! CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION.
Last year rocked our socks off, we are so grateful for you bringing life and your magic to TTITW. We can not wait to see what you have in store for us this October. ;)
ATTENTION EFFIGY + TEMPLE ARTISTS!
Do you daydream about building something gigantic just to watch it burn?
Do you like power tools, untreated lumber, and are looking for a way to get more involved in the community?
We look to the creative minds of our community to design and create an effigy that comes to represent our overall experiences and shared memories of the burn each year.
We want YOU to propose an effigy or temple idea!
Want to know what's required to get an effigy or temple proposal approved?
Read the guidelines below!
-- FEG Creation Agreement needs to be signed prior to submitting your FEG proposal for community consideration.
-- FEG proposal must include budget for materials, LLC will contact owner of democratically selected proposal & start an open dialogue.
-- If/when your FEG proposal is selected a date will be set for you to receive a payment to be used for all material purchases. Again we ask that you keep all of your receipts & keep track of your expenses.
-- Food/Beverages will need to be provided by the META team volunteers & will be reimbursed afterwards, please keep your receipts & be reasonable with your purchases (pizza/tea/soda/etc).
-- FEG must only use untreated & burnable lumber & materials.
-- For any services you will need to fully realize your design use peer-production methods.
-- Please look to the community for build site & manage build days internally (within META team).
-- FEG must break down into manageable sizes to fit inside (2) Penske 26’ box trucks that will be driven to the land by 2 licensed LLC members.
-- Need contingency plan for FEG in case of burn ban/inclement weather, this includes on & off property storage, transportation will be provided.
-- LLC & Landowner request you be considerate when it comes to the dimensions of the FEG. FEG shouldn’t exceed the following dimensions: 20’Hx20’Wx20’D (20’ cube essentially).
-- FEG will be considered NTXB Community Property, all rights reserved.
-- Timeline for transportation to be determined.
-- TEMPLE proposal must include budget for materials, LLC will contact TEMPLE LEAD & setup payment plan.
-- TEMPLE must only use untreated & burnable lumber & materials.
-- Transportation will be provided by LLC.
-- You have $1200 to work within, to include materials & various other incurred expenses.
-- Food/Beverages will need to be provided by TEMPLE volunteer team, reimbursement applies, keep receipts & is to be included in the budget of $1200.
-- For any services you will need to fully realize your design use peer-production methods.
-- Please look to the community for build site & manage build days internally.
-- TEMPLE must break down into manageable sizes to fit inside (1) Penske 26’ box truck that will be driven to the land by 1 licensed LLC member.
-- Need contingency plan for TEMPLE in case of burn ban/inclement weather, this includes on & off property storage, transportation will be provided.
-- Timeline for transportation to be determined.
We look forward to seeing all of your proposals at Town Hall!
What a great day and a great turnout! Thank you to all who participated; the people who brought food/drink for the potluck (especially the LLC for their delightful contributions!), the creative and fun theme presenters, everyone who voted, and our new leadership. Special thanks to Showtech for hosting us again!
Here's a summary:
-The meeting started off with a word from our LLC about the legal and financial state of our community, also etting everyone know that they are still accepting applications for interns! Information about ticket sales, income, and the criteria for being an intern can be found in the LLC's presentation here.
-Batcave members were introduced, spoke a bit about their CAMPS, and introduced the leads for this year. We're still looking for a few capable volunteers to lead parking, events and be Quartermaster! If you're interested applying, you can do so here.
-Burners Without Borders NTX is hosting a rainbow-themed summer event to benefit the Resource Center! Location and dates are yet to be decided, but they're always in need of volunteers to help out. Check out their Facebook group here.
-We all need a little help now and then. Foundation45 is focused on providing cost-free mental and emotional support for anyone suffering from mental illness, depression and/or addiction, as well as those whose lives have been impacted by the loss of a loved one to suicide. For more information, you can view their Facebook page here.
-There were five fantastic theme submissions (Disco Inferno, Gay Space Communism, We Are Star Stuff, Paris Wears THESE Sunglasses, and Paris Wears THOSE Sunglasses) but there can only be one theme. This year's winner is...
"The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff." - Carl Sagan
Keep an eye on this blog and on the Myschievia Facebook Page for upcoming announcements like Batcave meetings, work weekends, ticket sales and theme camp registration!
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