Come play, at Firefly Arts Collective's presence at Somerville Open Studios. * We'll be in SomerNova Alley between Market Basket and Dane Street, with lots to see and do by day, lighting and fire and music by night till 10pm!*
DJs begin at 6pm with Gary Carlow, followed by Eddy Van Raven.
* Liz LaManche: Abstract Love Poems, a kinetic light mural, and Machine Vision
* Blake Courtney: Angry Pumpkin, Fire Ceiling
* Seth Avecilla: Metapiano
* Amy Weitzman: The Official Registry of Permissions
* Sean Cummings: untitled - wood cities
* Jenn Z: Recycled Art Flower Workshop 1-3pm
* Egle Braze: Pointillism Portraits
* Cinnamon Brûlée: Yakisugi Fire Art Workshop 6-8pm
Gary Carlow (Sonic Beating/Diode):
For over 30 years Gary Carlow has been a mainstay in the Boston/New England music scene playing clubs, special events, regional festivals, and after-hours parties. Drawing from his vast knowledge of dance music he strives to take the dance floor on a musical journey where there is always a beginning, middle, and end- and it doesn’t matter if he’s playing a one hour set or a 10 hour party! Over the years his sound has constantly evolved and remained fresh. You can always catch him at Firefly where he is a member of Camp Diode and has also played the closing sunrise set at Camp Lamp from 2013-2019! https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/9oh5oc5Vkqu3gfFR9
Eddy Van Raven is a legend in the East Coast NY dance music scene. DJ, Producer, Promoter and ambassador of good vibes on the dance floor. An original club kid on the underground New York scene in the early 80's. Eddy helped developed and shape the youth counter culture music environment by being an integral member of the early American rave scene in 1990’s. Having dj’ed for over 30 years, Eddy has taken his craft to dance floors throughout all the major cities in America and Europe and now here in Somerville MA representing Camp Diode. https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/mMMwoshScE9VPPRk8
~*~ A NEW ROUND OF GRANTS IS OPEN: CREATIVITY, BURNER EXCHANGE, AND LEGACY ~*~
We heard from a number of you that you still have ideas for art that didn’t make it into the Creativity process the first time around… so we’re doing it again!
The Creativity Grants are our primary grants, and are designed to fund creative new projects to be shared with our community during the Firefly event. Creativity Grants are awarded in tiers of $150, $300, $599, and $1,000.
The Legacy Grants are designed to support projects which already exist, but need some funding to make it to Firefly again. These grants go towards maintenance, repairs, improvements, and so forth. Legacy Grants are awarded in tiers of $100, $300, $500, and $1,000.
The Burner Exchange (BEX) Grants are for art that already appeared either at a regional burn event or Burning Man, and showcases the local flavor of its origin. Grant money is intended to be applied to minor maintenance / improvements and shipping costs to Vermont. BEX Grants are awarded for up to $1,000.
The Smol Grant is our lowest grant level, between $40 and $99, for artists whose ideas are big but whose budget is smol. These grants will be awarded on a rolling basis after most other grants have been decided. We will be sending out the smol grant application information soon.
Creativity + Legacy + BEX
Submissions due: 5/15
How Do I Submit?
Submissions are handled through the Firefly Art Grants Web Portal. If you signed up in a previous year, your accounts are no longer active. Please sign up again so we are sure to have your most current information on-file! [ https://grants.fireflyartscollective.org/ | https://grants.fireflyartscollective.org ]
For even more information, please visit the following web page: [ https://www.fireflyartscollective.org/participate/art-at-firefly/art-grants/ | https://www.fireflyartscollective.org/participate/art-at-firefly/art-grants/ ] .
Feel free to reach out with any questions to: grants(a)fireflyartscollective.org.
– Firefly Art Grant Core
For more information or to register for Work Weekends, check out this link
<https://forms.gle/YbqpzK4pgoUo5EgK9>! Dates are as follows:
Work Weekend #1: June 4-5
Work Weekend #2 & Placement: June 11-12
Work Weekend #3: June 18-19
The name can sound like “oh no more work” but Work Weekends can be a great
time! If you’re looking for a pretty easy way to see a bunch of other
Fireflies, meet new people in an organic way and get to know the land
before it’s filled with weirdos. There are things to do for almost any type
of person at work weekends, ranging from organizing to full-on
construction, and the campfire at the end of the night provides a great way
to decompress and hang with folks before turning in.
Work weekends rule, and are an important part of Making Firefly Happen™️,
can’t wait to see you there!
Welcome Back Fireflies!
The official start of the Firefly 2022 season has arrived! You can
for a ticket at https://tickets.fireflyartscollective.org!
Registration for the Ticket Lottery will be open until May 4th, and Lottery
results sent out on the 7th. If you register after the 4th you’ll be added
to the waitlist in the order you signed up.
More information and instructions are on the web at
https://www.fireflyartscollective.org/getting-ready/tickets/ and you can
direct any questions to the Ticket Core volunteers at
We’re all excited to get back home to Vermont–look for announcements of
Work Weekend signups coming soon! See you all in the woods in June, if not
Firefly Ticket Core
In order to prepare the way forward for Firefly 2022 ticket registration,
we are announcing the 2022 COVID policy. Firefly will use a “vaccinate or
test-to-stay” approach. Before entry, all participants will be required to
show either proof of current full vaccination status or a negative PCR test
administered within 72 hours. Those choosing to show test results will be
required to demonstrate negative rapid test results each day they are at
We believe this approach will enable the whole community to make a choice
to participate in Firefly should they be willing and able to do so, while
simultaneously providing a significant level of safety against the
situation which forced the cancellation of the previous two events.
By consensus decision of the Board of Directors, Firefly 2022 will use a
“vaccinate or test-to-stay” approach. Before entry, all participants will
be required to show proof of current full vaccination status or a negative
PCR test administered within 72 hours. Those choosing to show test results
will be required to demonstrate negative rapid test results each day they
are at the event.
Upon arrival at Gate, unless evidence was previously accepted through
the ticketing portal, participants will be required to show one of the
A current COVID-19 vaccination record in the participant’s name. The
record must show the participant as fully vaccinated under the CDC
Suitable forms are:
An original paper vaccination card
A SMART Health Card QR Code
Other medical provider records of administered vaccine doses
A picture of your vaccination card on your phone
The verifiable results of a lab-administered PCR COVID-19 test from a
sample taken less than 72 hours prior to arrival.
A printout of the results from the lab
An electronic version of these results
Participants choosing option (b) will be given detailed requirements for
on-site rapid testing each day during the event. Such participants should
bring sufficient rapid tests for the duration of their stay. If you require
rapid tests but obtaining them is a logistical or financial hardship,
contact [Lia(a)fireflyartscollective.org] who is coordinating bulk orders.
If the CDC definition of “fully vaccinated” changes after June 1st,
participants will be encouraged but not required to meet the updated
Participants who do not meet the requirements above will be turned away
To minimize the chances for logistical challenges at Firefly, all
participants are requested, as they are able, to take a rapid test at home
prior to departing for the event.
If you test positive within 10 days before your arrival
at the event, we ask that you do NOT attend Firefly.
Context and Background
An informal survey of over 500 Firefly community members showed
widespread support for a vaccination requirement (75%) but also a common
desire to make Firefly participation possible to the whole community
regardless of vaccination status or eligibility. The policy balances these
needs and establishes a high bar for safety.
Of other Burn events in 2022 with published policies, Bequinox
Playa del Fuego <https://playadelfuego.org/covid-protocols/>, Flipside
<https://www.burningflipside.com/2022-covid-policy>, and Transformus
<https://transformus-burn.com/covid-19-policy/> require vaccination for
all participants; Love Burn
Saguaro Man <https://azburners.org/covid-guidelines/>, Lakes of Fire
<http://lakesoffire.org/the-event/covid-19-policy/>, To the Moon
<https://www.tothemoonburn.com/covid-protocols>, and Burning Man
allow a choice of showing vaccination or test results. Our policy is
squarely in the center of the policies of similar events.
Firefly is an outdoors event in a heavily-vaccinated population, and is
probably of similar or lower COVID risk than other events people might
choose over the holiday weekend.
In considering whether or not to attend Firefly this year, all of us
will consider what level of risk we can accept, and what COVID-19
prevention steps we want to take. Here are the CDC’s recommendations
All Fireflies are expected to evaluate their own COVID risk tolerance,
and those of their living unit and campmates, when determining whether and
how to participate in Firefly and Firefly activities. This policy is
intended to help you make good decisions with information about the event
context, not substitute for your own knowledge of your situation and
While a vaccine-mandatory policy would be simpler to implement, we
believe daily testing provides a similarly safe environment, while still
providing for the participation of those who are not vaccinated.
Firefly will also have a limited supply of rapid tests for participants
who may require them, although we also encourage all participants to bring
tests with them if they may wish to test during the event. We will have a
small separated isolation area in the case that a participant tests
positive during the event and must make arrangements to depart.
This policy goes beyond current guidance by both the State of Vermont
and the CDC for an outdoor event.
Firefly Arts Collective may update this policy due to changes in
conditions or public health recommendations, or to meet event insurance
The current policy can be found on the Firefly Policies
Coming soon: announcement of Firefly 2022 ticket registration and Work
Weekend sign-up! We are looking forward to returning to the woods with many
of you this June & July.
The Firefly Board of Directors
Interested in helping bring art to Firefly? Want to help choose what kind
of projects are funded for the event?
This is call out to any of you who might be interested in helping to review
the proposals for Firefly's Art Grants this year! We are looking for approx
9 folks who are interested in helping to make this aspect of Firefly
- You must have attended at least 1 (one) previous Firefly in order
to join and participate in the selection committee.
- You must not be applying for a 2022 Firefly Art Grant.
- You must sign the Art Grant Committee Code of Ethics.
- Commit to reading and recording your thoughts on up to 40
applications, which may take 4-6 hours of brain time.
- There are multiple blocks available; you can sign up for any
number of blocks, but for each block you must attend both dates.
*The Intense Details:*
The job requires a lot of reading and talking as we typically receive over
40 applications for Creativity Grants. We will have 2 weeks to make our
decisions for the two sets of grants, with two meetings per grant. We
strongly encourage volunteers to come to as many blocks of meetings as they
can, but if you can only come to one set that’s OK too.
This is a commitment of about 15-20 hours; 6-8 hours of reading and
cogitating and at least two (up to eight) 2-hour meetings where we hash it
all out. Once the application deadline has passed, the committee has about
a week to read the applications over and fill out a review sheet to decide
how well each application met the criteria. We review the applications for
Thoughtfulness, Creativity, and Feasibility (explained in detail here and
during the meetings).
This is followed by the aforementioned meetings where we compare notes and
formulate follow-up questions for all applicants. We wait a week to give
time for artists to get their replies back to us, then we meet again and
make our final decisions.
If you would like to participate, please sign up via the Art Grants portal:
Any questions? Email us at grants(a)fireflyartscollective.org!
<3 Art Grant Core