Highline Times, October 17, 2011: The Burning Man festival held annually in an ancient lake bed in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada is one of those things people try to explain … and then eventually give up and suggest you go there yourself to find out. Non-profit Ignition Northwest brought a shrunken version of the non-traditional festival (Nevada had over 50,000 participants in 2010) to Burien’s Town Square on Oct. 15, complete with fire, dance and art representative of the Burner community.
Another Passion, October 12, 2010: [Ignition Northwest grant recipient] Cyra Jane has an eye for textures and patterns. Intricate spirals, abstracts of lines and shapes, most are paintings but some incarnations manifest themselves as sculptures both large and small. Examining the perfectly placed pieces around her home studio in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, feels almost like a tour through Cyra’s own mind, heart and soul. Seeing her work, older pieces mixed with new work, a few recurring themes and designs begin to show. There are stories there that want to get out, and in the process they draw their audience in.
B-Town Blog, February 24, 2009: Founders of the year-long Burien/ Interim Art Space (B/ IAS) experiment, combining and transforming the concepts of art, temporary green spaces, and community gatherings, Kathy Justin and Dane Johnson have thrown open the doors of Burien, welcoming in the arts community.
c/net News, June 26, 2006: …for many Burning Man attendees there is little that can top that event, a growing number of people all around the United States and the world are finding that events like Critical Massive are a fantastic way to approach, if not actually repeat, the experience of being at Burning Man.
Seattle Housing Authority, April 24, 2008: The story tree was originally created as a temporary installation at the Burning Man Arts Festival in the Nevada Desert in 2007. Through collaboration with Ignition Northwest and Iron Monkey Arts Collaborative and Black Rock Arts Foundation, the tree was brought home to Rainier Vista and permanently installed.
Seattle Times, Thursday, June 14, 2007: …as Seattle’s artists move south in search of affordable homes, some have picked the South King County city as the place to make their mark. The migration has helped revive a long-standing arts scene in Burien, with newer residents planning everything from Shakespeare in the park to art installations from the counter-culture arts festival Burning Man.
Seattle Times, Friday, June 29, 2007: “…this is not an ordinary weeklong arts festival. It’s Critical Massive, an annual gathering of self-described “burners” — a community that spans generations and genres of music, and unites under an ethos of radical self-expression and anti-materialism.
Seattle PI, April 19, 2006: “The idea, said Amani Ellen Loutfy, who knew one of the victims, isn’t to create a permanent structure like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Instead, she and the other organizers are inspired by the temporary wooden “temples” that emerge at the annual Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert.”