If you've lived in the Reno area for more than a year, you've seen the effect Burning Man has on the local community. Some local businesses eagerly await the Burners as they purchase the necessities for their extended stay on the playa, about 100 miles from the city. Others celebrate the increased interest in local art.
Burning Man runs from August 27 through September 4, 2017 in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. The 2017 art theme is "Radical Ritual". Volunteers build the infrastructure of Black Rock City and Burners are encouraged to participate through theme camps, art installations, vehicles and performance.
About 17,000 of the 70,000 expected Burners will fly into Reno Tahoe International Airport in the days leading up to the start of Burning Man. The Melting Pot World Emporium, Junkee Local Exchange, Twin City Surplus, thrift stores, laundromats, car washes, restaurants and hotels will all see in increase in business due to Burners. Burners spend about $50 Million in Nevada in food, lodging, and fuel.
The Nevada Museum of Art opened a seven month long exhibition on "The City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man".
"For the first time ever, explore the remarkable story of how the legendary Nevada gathering known as Burning Man evolved through collaborative ritual from humble countercultural roots on San Francisco’s Baker Beach into the world-famous desert convergence it is today. Never-before-seen photographs, artifacts, journals, sketches, and notebooks reveal how this temporary experimental desert city came to be—and how it continues to evolve."
You may have noticed the 12 foot tall sculpture of the word "Believe" on display at Reno City Plaza. This sculpture debuted at Burning Man in 2013 and is one of a growing number of Burning Man artworks throughout the city. In fact, Artech, an artists collective, opened a warehouse in Northwest Reno and art for this year's Burning Man is being finished.