Perimeter makes it sound like you're out there on the edge of something, and you are...but you're also inside of something else. The big circle of burners who show up to watch the burn. Some people get social anxiety about being on the outside, and I just want to make sure you know that you'll also be looking dozens, maybe hundreds of people right in their eyes, while giant art burns behind you.
Which is nice. Without those people, it might get lonely out there on the perimeter.
There is a required meeting for all volunteers with this department. Please come to the small stage behind Greeters at 7pm, on the day of your shift, to attend. This meeting will go over the role, responsibilities, and preparation for burn perimeter volunteers. Please make sure attend the meeting on the day of your shift, even if you have attended a pre-burn meeting previously. Volunteers who miss the pre-burn meeting will be unable to work the burn perimeter that day (and nobody wants that, because where would we be without you?).
When art gets burned, we set up a burn perimeter: a space around the art that is free of any observers. Volunteers with this department establish and maintain the burn perimeter, to keep the community safe while they enjoy the art. You’ll stand between the art and the crowd, making sure that people don’t cross the perimeter and get too close to the fire. In the extremely rare event that someone chooses to cross the perimeter and doesn’t willingly return outside of it, volunteers in this role work to stop them as quickly as possible and escort them away from the area.
This role involves maintaining focus on the people around you for multiple hours alongside other volunteers. You should expect to stand throughout your shift. You won’t be close enough to the burn to be in danger, but exposed skin and synthetic fabrics may get warm enough to be very uncomfortable. You’ll probably want to make sure you’re wearing natural fibers that cover most of your body.
It is extremely important for perimeter volunteers to be sober during their shift. If you show up and you aren't sober, you'll be sent home immediately, and there's a good chance that someone will tell you you're a jerk.
Good to bring: appropriate clothing, comfortable shoes.
|| Volunteer Coordination