Seeking SOAK*2020 Producers (Application deadline: 10/31)

SOAK*2019 - photo by Ate21

SOAK*2019 - photo by Ate21

We are looking for new people to join our volunteer SOAK*2020 Producer team! We have a variety of positions open from Executive Producers to Production Managers. Job descriptions and qualifications for all positions are the same and we will offer roles to individuals based on what their unique strengths are and/or where their passions lay.

To apply, please read the SOAK*2020 Producer Role description completely and then fill out this application form.

Applications will be accepted through October 30, 2019.

For additional information about SOAK, please feel free to check out the SOAK*2019 website or view the SOAK page on our website.

If you have questions, please send an email to:

BurnOut 2019 is coming 11/2

Mark your calendars: BurnOut 2019 is coming to downtown Portland on Saturday, November 2nd!

Join us for a night of art, performance, dance, and a whole lot of music!

This two-part event will feature an all-ages art in the park day party at Director Park, plus a 21+ evening of music, dancing, and community at Pythian Studios.

If you are returning from the playa, didn’t go, miss or are curious about the burner community, or just need to connect and share some love, make this your decompression event. This is the official Burning Man sanctioned decompression in the Portland metro area.

Questions? Contact event producers Beacon and Andrew by emailing

Seeking New Board Members (Application deadline: 10/19)

Will you join us? Deadline to apply or nominate someone is Saturday, 10/19!

Will you join us? Deadline to apply or nominate someone is Saturday, 10/19!

Precipitation Northwest is seeking new board members to join our enthusiastic and skilled nonprofit board of directors!

As board members we provide leadership, oversight, and strategic direction to SOAK, BurnOut and all other activities managed by our organization.

Do you have a passion for community engagement, facilitating leadership opportunities and/or interactive art and events? Do you have experience in leadership, accounting or nonprofit legal regulations? Or maybe you have other skills you believe our nonprofit organization could benefit from?

Any community members who think they might be a good fit are encouraged to apply. Please be sure to read the position description and familiarize yourself with the organization’s mission statement before doing so.

Read the Position Description here.

Anyone can apply by simply filling out this form.

Alternatively, if you have someone in mind who you think might be a good fit, you can recommend them by filling out this form.

The deadline to apply or nominate someone is October 19, 2019. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to

New Burner Barn Announcement: We're Moving!

Bird’s eye view of the new Burner Barn (thanks for creating this image, KosherBacon!)

Bird’s eye view of the new Burner Barn (thanks for creating this image, KosherBacon!)

We have exciting news: The Burner Barn is moving! We love our community of volunteers and know that we have outgrown the old Burner Barn. Precipitation Northwest has signed a new lease at a bigger and better location in order to give us more room to grow and serve the community better. The new location of the Burner Barn is a space in the Pickle Factory, which is located in North Portland near the Kenton neighborhood at 866 N Columbia Blvd.


When the move is happening? We will be moving into the new space the first two weeks of July 2019.

What’s new? Indoor plumbing, bathrooms, a shared kitchen with other Pickle Factory residents, WAY more build space, and a new home for Precipitation Northwest.

What’s the same? All of the best things from the old Burner Barn: SOAK and BurnOut physical assets will be stored here, our SOAK Major Burnable Structure (MBS) crew will be able to work and build there (bonus: they can now be inside and out of the rain!), volunteer meetings for SOAK and BurnOut can be hosted here, and other groups can hold meetings here as needed too.

When will the new Burner Barn be accessible for community meetings and workshops? We anticipate being able to host meetings and workshops for the community starting at the beginning of August 2019.

How can I access the Burner Barn? I have more questions! Please contact our Burner Barn Manager Kosher Bacon at with any additional questions you may have.


SOAK*2019 Artist & Civic Provisions Awardees

We are pleased to announce this year’s Artist & Civic Provisions awardees! The following update was written by Sepia, our SOAK*2019 Artist Provisions Administrator about the process. It was shared on Portland Announce and we’re resharing here on our website. Thank you to Sepia, our passionate group of TAG volunteers, and our community of talented and created artists for participating in this program!

Please make sure to check out the beautiful slideshow of the funding recipients by clicking below:

“Hive minds have been synced! Congratulations to 16 art projects and 19 civic projects awarded funding by the SOAK*2019 Talented And Gifted Peer Review team!

How do SOAK Provisions work? Once applications are collected into a slideshow, a committee of volunteer peers called Talented And Gifted gather to review proposals and vote on awards. The committee is open to volunteers through the same channels as other SOAK volunteer opportunities.

SOAK*2019 Civic Provisions (New this year!)

TAG ran our first Civic Provisions process this year. TAG chose to add $130 from art provisions. Total dispersed for civics: $1,130 to 19 applicants. Fire, camp signage/decor, community-need projects funded:

Bear Naked Tramp Studio

Best Butt

Black Rock Gladiators

BROTHel Camp



Fiery Flowers and Zen Garden

Fleetwood Mac & Cheese


Letter of the Day

Over F*ckin’ Rated

Radiant Chaos



Tiki Camp

uASS Local #2

Universal Eggsperience

Yall's Camp

Yellow Bikes

SOAK*2019 Artist Provisions

This year, the budget of Artist Provisions was $6,870. All funds are intended to fund art projects directly. The Artist Provisions Administrator guides the funding process, and provides a philosophical and historical, non-voting perspective. The committee makes final funding suggestions based on guidelines like interactivity, creativity, safety, reliability, skill, uniqueness, and in consideration of how the project aligns with the Ten Principles or theme.

The following works of art are funded, in part, by Precipitation Northwest & anonymous Donor-Participants!

The 2019 Awarded Art Projects are: (Click here to see the full slideshow, with photos!)

PROJECT: The Janky Arcades by Dave Halbeck aka Schooner (Repair+update)

Artist Statement: Compulsion, Obsession, and Enthusiasm. I want video gaming to be social, and spontaneous, appealing to all ages.

PROJECT: Alternity by Roy Trammell aka TheWiz (Repair)

Artist Statement: I create art to make the world a more interesting place, and to bring meaning and purpose to my life.

PROJECT: Dimensional Dreams by Becca Priddy aka Shiny (New)

Artist Statement: Art is an outlet for many people, and I'm lucky to be able to put my art into physical form. Art has been very therapeutic for me, helping me focus my anxiety and depression. This year I am creating a piece, with other artists, to help share places of calm and peace. I have a very difficult day job, so building a project based around mindfulness and relaxation is pretty awesome.

PROJECT: Drippin Disco by Alexander Griffith aka Xander Thumper & Amy Thompson (New)

Artist Statement: I am a full time Fiber Artist by day. When my GF and I lived in San Diego years ago we made several large scale disco balls for Youtopia. I think the last one was in 2015. They were highly well received.

PROJECT: Sequinfluence by Kristen Dunn aka Trashfence (New)

Artist Statement: I make art to deepen my connection with myself and the world around me. I make art to reflect how I see the world and what I want to see in the world. I make art to briefly decorate the void.

PROJECT: Brain Storm by Sarah Vitak aka Dingo Starrr (Repair)

Artist Statement: I am a maker, scientist, science communicator, and artist. I delight in the intersection of art, science, and human interaction. I love sharing the joy and wonder of science with people and in particular I like bringing that joy through non-traditional means. As an artist I love creating experiences. I want someone to be completely immersed by my art and feel like they are walking into a different world. I design my art to facilitate connections between people, encourage play, and spark curiosity.

PROJECT: Temple of the Five by Frank Broyles, Calvin Bryen & Temple Crew 523 (New)

Artist Statement: I've burnt a lot of stuff at SOAK. 3 temples, a tree (that we built), thunderbridge...My favorite thing is to convince people to spend months building something and then setting it on fire in front of them.

PROJECT: Community Bloom by Donald Heer aka Mega and Martin Held (New)

Artist Statement: SO this is my first time doing art for an event that is not tied to my theme camp. I'm pretty excited about getting to spend all of my time on something that while others will get to enjoy it, I have full control over. I really hope to make something that intrigues people and can act to bring them together for even a few minutes. I want to make something that has maximum impact while being reliable and low resource cost.

PROJECT: Lightning Cube by Colin Barringer aka Dr. Responsible & Mike MacHenry, Melissa Barringer, David Besley, Sarah Vitak (New)

Artist Statement: My purpose in life is to bring people joy and solve problems for them through the medium of engineering. My source of greatest joy is to collaborate in the construction of art with others, particularly if said art requires solving complicated or interesting engineering problems. Making art is also an opportunity to meet people who may be interested in working with me, inspired by me, or simply interested in the output of what I'm doing.

PROJECT: Night Flowers by Chance Corbeil aka Chance Ci (New)

Artist Statement: I’m an artist making magical spaces and sculptures that breath, fly, swim, and constantly change. Flowing colorful light moves through my art and environments, always fresh and new. I want art to feel alive. Transforming spaces with light and art can influence us to explore and discover what makes that space special. We take time to be in the moment and participate. I want to make more magical spaces with our community for us to explore.

PROJECT: We Have Hives by Courtney Sherwood aka Space Cadet (New)

Artist Statement: My approach to art is generally rooted in puns and a sense of mischievousness aimed at provoking consternation, amusement or groans.

PROJECT: Labyrinth of The Mind by Shawn Estell AKA pinky, Holly Heredia aka Redirect & Tristan Roberson (New)

Artist Statement: I’m a professional artist of 15 years who works with public art installation and the performing arts all my career. I love to work with community and have the work I do be interactive and open to anyone of any age or cultural background.

PROJECT: Synapse by Rachel Glaves aka Capra (New)

Artist Statement: I explore creating the feeling of altered "inside" spaces; the feeling of entering and existing in a changed, magical dimension where different rules apply. I aim to create emotional reactions to and within those spaces using a variety of senses.

PROJECT: The Chromosphere by Christopher Condrat (Repair)

Artist Statement: I'm attracted to, and try to create, interactive art because it enables the audience to participate in the art, becoming a part of it. I feel interactive art is at its best when it involves interaction not only with the piece, but between participants, creating a shared experience.

PROJECT: Portal by Chance Corbeil aka Chance Ci & Chris Pitzer aka Chrispy (Update)

Artist Statement: Art is about the joy of making. It's about exploring ideas and about using materials in new and novel ways. It's a way we come together with our close friends to spend time working together - the work that ties us together. It's about dreaming for a world that's better and more beautiful and working to make it happen. <3

PROJECT: Bag of Ice by Michelle Bobo aka Bobo & Jesse Banks (New)

Artist Statement: The inspiration for this project is to add a layer of art and experience around ice sales at SOAK. Buying ice at Burning Man generally involves a wait process, but it also involves music and dancing and the participatory experience of meeting new people as you move through the line. SOAK rarely has a line, but it also lacks this shared element of fun and participation. I wish to change that!

Slideshow of funding recipients:

I wish to thank the 24 voting-members of this year’s peer review team! Way to step up to support the arts and your fellow burners! Thanks for your participation & HeArt!

Hive Five,


Call for Applications: SOAK Event Producer Shadow Program

We are starting the process to identify potential candidates who might be interested in becoming a SOAK*2020 Event Producer. While the full SOAK*2020 Producer position description and application process has not been announced quite yet, we want to invite those in the community who are already interested in the position to learn more about what the job entails during the current event cycle.

We understand that event production may seem complicated or intimidating, but this program lets potential candidates see "under the hood" during SOAK*2019 in order to help you decide if the position might be a good fit. Selected applicants will spend time "shadowing" one or more Producers before, during and after the event for a first-hand look at the job. Dates and times will be communicated in advance.

*If you think you might have what it takes to produce SOAK*, please write two thoughtful paragraphs about why you would be a great candidate for the SOAK*2019 Producer Shadow Program.

To apply, please submit your paragraphs to no later than Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

All submissions will be reviewed, and all applicants will be notified as to whether or not they have been selected. Participation in this program is exploratory (for your benefit as well as ours), and doesn't equate to an application for the open position or a guarantee that the position will be offered to you. Persons selected for the program will be sent a schedule and expectations, and can then either accept or decline the opportunity.

Please contact with any questions about this program or the role.

Call for Applicants: BurnOut 2019 Producer

Do you love throwing a great party? Are you passionate about the Portland burner community? If so, the Precipitation Northwest Board of Directors wants YOU to apply for the volunteer position of Burn Out 2019 Producer!

Event Overview: BurnOut is the officially sanctioned post-Burning Man Decompression event for Portland, Oregon and the surrounding areas. This event brings the principles and energy from Black Rock City to our region. It is meant to give local burners in the Portland area an opportunity to celebrate our community and culture, while providing a creative and interactive space for them to network and build connections with other like-minded people in our region. The first official Portland Decompression was held in 2004, and has taken place nearly every year ever since. It is 100% volunteer operated.

Burn Out 2019 Sneak Peek: New this year, the Burning Man Project has encouraged Precipitation Northwest to collaborate with the International Sculpture Festival as a way to attract new artists and participants to our event, while also exploring a new way to fulfill our mission to bring more participatory art to the larger Portland community. The board is excited to explore this opportunity! The 2019 one-night event will be held on Saturday, October 12th at the North Warehouse.

Burn Out 2019 Producer Position Summary: Help your fellow community members connect with each other through art, music, and a communal experience. This is a wonderful platform to give a gift back to your community. While event producers are responsible for managing all aspects of the event, this position will be directly supported by the Precipitation Northwest Board, our three Burning Man Regional Contacts (RCs), and past event producers.

Producers will work under the direction of PNW and RCs to…

  • Plan, oversee, and produce the Burn Out 2019 event

  • Hire, manage, and work with volunteer department leads (including attending & leading production team meetings as needed)

  • Oversee and manage overall event budget

  • Act as point of contact and reference for event vendors

The BurnOut 2019 Producer will work closely with a Precipitation NW Event Liaison (aka main point of contact on the board) to make sure the event is a success.

Click here to view the full position description and details.

Time Commitment: Burn Out is coming up fast - you’ll need to be ready to hit the ground running starting in mid-June. Based on input from past producers, here’s an estimate of the time involvement for this role:

  • 6 months to 3 months prior to the event: up to 15 hours per week

  • 3 months to 2 weeks prior to the event: up to 25 hours per week

  • 1 week prior to the event: up to 30 hours per week

  • During event: on call 24 hours & stays until last person is out or other arrangements have been made with LNT (Leave No Trace) team

To Apply: Please read the full position description before applying. Then please send your resume, 2-3 references, and a cover letter outlining your desire and experience for the Burn Out 2019 Producer role to The deadline to apply is midnight on Sunday, June 2, 2019.

After applications have been reviewed, qualified candidates will be contacted for in-person interviews with the Precipitation Northwest Board. Our goal is to have this position filled by June 13.

Please contact with any questions.