News from the Events Design Festival and our Partners

COVID Safety

Right now, more than ever, we need to support artists and create space to have fun, while at the same time being safe. We welcome anyone and everyone to join us December 4-6 in Telluride, CO.

Here’s what we are doing to keep our participants, volunteers, staff, artists, and performers safe:

  • Attendees will be required to wear a face mask at every event
  • Face masks will be provided if you don’t have one
  • Limited capacity and seating at the Transfer Warehouse
  • Limit of 10 people at one time in Slate Gray Gallery
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at every event and workshop
  • A Covid Safety Manager will be at every event to ensure we are being safe for you and us

If you wish to volunteer, donate or be a sponsor please email for more info.

Become the Magic!

In this workshop Micki Flatmo will show you ways to style wigs and enhance existing hats that will truly transform a “Burning Man Outfit”  into a “Burning Man Persona”. Learn to become the magic!

A LIttle Bit About Micki

Micki is a contemporary painter and costume designer living in northern California. Her interest in the arts began in her earliest years and although she’s almost completely self taught, she’s been an avid student of the arts for almost her entire life. Her career as a professional artist began almost 40 years ago and continues today. Micki’s most recent exhibition features dynamic costume design and abstract paintings, and was on view in 2017 at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka, CA. 

Micki will be exhibiting her over-the-top Burning Man style costumes at Slate Gray Gallery during the Festival.

The Festival is proud to announce the grant awarded by Colorado Creative Industries!

The Telluride Fire Festival is grateful for the support of CCI!

Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) announced yesterday the recipients for the Colorado Creates grant program for Fiscal Year 2020. A total of 134 grants were awarded in 27 counties across the state totaling $915,000. The Festival is proud to boast being one of those recipients. The agency’s grants benefit both small and large communities, with 38% of grant funds awarded in communities located outside the Denver metro area.

Colorado Creates is CCI’s largest grant program, providing critical financial support that helps nonprofit cultural organizations like us to produce and present arts and cultural activities, bringing jobs to our communities and enhancing quality of life. Thank you, CCI!

Hot Time In The Old Town—2018

John Beck at the Fire Ball. Image by Nicko Ferguson.

Big thanks to the photographers who came and took these remarkable images.
Matt Brooks,
Nicko Ferguson,
Skotty Kenton,
Suchitra Baker

Much gratitude to the artists, performers, attendees, volunteers, sponsors, haulcat crews, gondola operators, Mountain Hosts, and Festival Staff.

Fire on the Mountain. Image by Nicko Ferguson.

Maciej Mrotek performing in Mountain Village. Image by Matt Brooks.





Fire on the Mountain Sculptures. Image by Matt Brooks.

FUNK arch at the Transfer Warehouse. Image by Suchitra Baker.

Transfer Warehouse.
Image by Skotty Kenton.




Slate Gray Gallery Reception: Out of Focus, A Visuals Commentary on Gun Violence



Keith D’Angelo, a mixed media, multi-sensual artist, is showcasing his collaborative project OUT OF FOCUS, at Slate Gray Gallery during the Fire Festival. The exhibit, which has gained international attention and press, is a juxtaposed anti-gun violence, sculptural art project that gives intimate insight into the world of photography, high-powered weaponry and the intriguing and unsettling similarities between the two.

Slate Gray Gallery is a contemporary gallery in Telluride exhibiting a collection of fine art, distinctive designer jewelry as well as unique lifestyle accessories. Their mission is to inspire and educate collectors with committed integrity. They assist their clientele in acquiring artwork in a variety of media, including sculpture, painting, prints, fiber arts and photography. All profits are earmarked for donation to offer significant support to local Arts Advocacy Organizations.

Reducing our carbon footprint with electric car sharing

The Telluride Fire Festival is always looking at ways to reduce it’s carbon footprint. To help with this effort, the Festival is offering the use of two electric cars for rent by the hour or day. If you are interested in using an electric car, please email Erin.

The Festival also will be using the cars for picking up artists from the airport and general Festival use to save the environment.

Student sculptures premiered at The Mine event in 2018

November 2017, youth from three counties met in Telluride for the 2nd two-day STEAM program involving five educational themes. Local artist Dan Gundrum along with visiting artists Brent Cain and Andy McKim were the facilitators for the students at the Deep Creek Experimental artists enclave known as The Mine and the Ah Haa School for the Arts.

The results of their fabulous and fiery collaboration could be seen during the 2018
MountainFilm at the Deep Creek Experimental evening event.

The two sculptures also premiered in Gunnison at Coldharbour Institute’s Midsummer’s Eve
Celebration in July 2018. Many of the Gunnison
students were present at
the July event.

Telluride Fire Festival & Burning Man Global Art Grant Application

The Festival is pleased to announce the recent invitation to submit a full proposal to Burning Man Global Art Grants for our interactive, community-driven sculpture for Telluride. The Festival is partnering with Dan Gundrum and Angela Watkins‘ Telluride High School students. The goal is to create a sculpture that will be on permanent display in Telluride for all to enjoy.

Sculpture title: Listen To Mother Earth…She’s Speaking To Us!

The sculpture will be created with found objects/scrap metal and have interactive elements for people to touch/move/push. Artists, donors, and grantors will be listed on signage at the sculpture site.

If you have an interest in supporting this community-based project or want to participate in it’s creation, please email

The full proposal will be submitted February 15 and applicants will be notified by April 1, 2018.

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).