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2-Day Youth Fire Art Workshop Collaboration: Nov. 18-19

2-Day High School Student Workshop Collaboration:
Create a fire art installation
November 18 and 19

The Festival has created an amazing two-day program for local and regional students involving five educational themes. Art teachers will engage students in nontraditional areas of education that are sometimes overlooked in rural areas due to funding constraints and transportation challenges.

The students will spend two days with artists, teachers, scientists, engineers, and crafts persons who will mentor them in the areas of their expertise.

These areas include art through welding, carpentry, pottery, chemistry, safety measures, math, physics, and, above all safety. The students and their mentors will then create a group art installation using their newfound skills and knowledge, which will be showcased at December 8-10, 2018 Fire Art Festival in Telluride, and then in each of the student groups communities, if practical.

$400 tuition includes lodging, meals, transportation, materials for 15 participants. Scholarships are available.
Send an email to with two paragraphs about why you need a scholarship (Deadline November 1).


Book The Festival Art Car For A Wedding!

Reserve the Festival’s one-of-a-kind flaming art car for your next event or wedding.
The cost is tax deductible and it supports the nonprofit’s January Festival and fall youth workshops. It’s a win-win for everyone.

The Shack To-Hell-U-Ride is a cozy replica of a 100-year-old miner’s shack with a bed, historic ice box, real working vintage parlor stove, bench, and table with chairs. Guests can hang out in the shack for a quiet moment with friends or it can be used as a bar.

We will bring the art car to your event (within a 15 mile radius of Telluride), decorate it to fit your theme and light the roof on fire for you and your guests.


Email for details.

TellurideTV Creates Video for the Festival!

We’re psyched to show off the new video created by TellurideTV to help the Festival in it’s fundraising efforts.

Please share video with people who would like to support our youth scholarship programs or free fire art and performances in January.

MTNtown Magazine Sponsors Jan. Event!

The Festival wishes to thank MTNtown Magazine for the support for the 4th annual Telluride Fire Festival!

You can pick up the latest copy of the informative magazine at Clark’s Market, Natural Grocer’s or City Market.

Kickstarter Campaign Launched To Bring Mutant Vehicle to Burning Man

Telluride Fire Festival is trying to bring the art car “Shack To-Hell-U-Ride” to Burning Man to serve as public transportation for the community.

The Shack is an artistic interpretation of a turn-of-the-19th-century miner’s tiny home that is mobile. The most unique and dynamic special effect on this one-of-a-kind Mutant Vehicle is that the roof is on fire (literally!). The “burning” shack “floats” along The Playa and looks as if it is burning…but we promise it’s safe…and yes, we carry fire extinguishers.

Built on the chassis of a chopped-down 1989 Ford Transporter van and designed/built by renowned BRC artist Jamie Vaida (Oakland, CA) and Alvin Sessions (Grand Junction, CO), this mutant vehicle was safely modified to have a dynamically flaming roof made of non-combustible sheet metal. The Shack is mostly made out of found objects—wood and artifacts from the mining era in Telluride, CO. The interior space resembles a miners cabin complete with a wrought iron bed, a functioning vintage parlor wood stove, and a 1920s icebox for refreshing beverages.

The Mutant Vehicle can transport up to 15 people at a time and features a an 8-panel, solar-powered, sound system (added last year) to suit the mood day and night. We have grown her into a demonstration of responsible and renewable energy powered consumption. With your help—she is a bit of the old and the new, inspiring restoration and repurposed rehabilitation versus demolition and abandonment of the old. We VALUE reuse infinitely. Therefore, much of our art car has been salvaged, found, rescued, and discovered in dumpsters.

To transport the art car safely, we do need something new: a goose-neck trailer rated for a 10,000-lb load. For the last two years, we have borrowed trailers to transport the Shack the 2,000-miles to Black Rock City and back. Both times, it was indeed trial-by-fire, of sorts (pun intended), and we had significant breakdowns, including multiple blown tires and a broken axle. Our 3-day journeys each way were not easy (better described as stressful), and we oft describe this project as a labor of love and lunacy. If we don’t purchase a trailer suited for and dedicated to the Shack, we will likely not be able to bring the art car. With your help, this year we are hoping to buy a new trailer!

Click here to support this project! Thank you!

Student program was a resounding success!

Two weekends ago five Coldharbour Institute students met with seven students from the San Luis Valley and San Miguel County and went to an abandoned cave in Telluride and made art and science and alliances.

The program was a resounding success!  It was an opportunity for the kids to discover how they can operate in any environment, and learn any skill…beautifully.  Carlos Lerma is their first Coldharbour Youth Development Initiative (CYDI) student ambassador.  Maria and Veronica are two students being brought into the program.  Christian Arel is an MEM/Vista student whose project is developing the CYDI program.  “Max, my kid, started the whole crazy gig last year by meeting and falling in love with Erin Ries, TFF Executive Director and amazing soul,” says Suzanne Ewy, Executive Director of Coldharbour Institute.

“Connecting Gunnison and WSCU’s MEM, Art, etc., with Telluride makes all kinds of great sense.  They have so many of the same issues going on around art, cold weather, high altitude sustainability, agriculture and food, remoteness, need for higher education, and bursting creativity, that working together is a no-brainer. Come join us in January for the Fire Festival, January 20 – 22 – it’s magical.  We’ll have the kids’ sculpture up and running – it’s going to be fabulous.  Not quite green, but lots of sustainability in every other arena for these kiddos,”  ” continues Ewy.

If you miss the Festival, we’ll be bringing the sculpture to Gunnison and the San Luis Valley eventually.

Thank You Mountain High Fire & Safety!

We wish to thank Mountain High Fire & Safety for their continued support of the Telluride Fire Festival. We are so grateful for their sponsorship as we head into our 3rd annual event. We could not do it without you!