Session 2: Burning Man Meets Managing Man: The BLM and the Energy of American Art

“Multiple use” has carried a wide range of meanings, but the example of the Burning Man Festival takes that wide range and widens it by several notches! The stories of the BLM’s response to the “management challenge” posed by the Burning Man Festival, and the Festival’s response to the “bureaucratic challenge” posed by the BLM permitting process provide a prime case study in the important ties between American art and the public lands.



Will Roger Peterson

Co-founder of Burning Man

CooperDave Cooper

Former BLM Manager for the Black Rock Desert