Jumping the shark at Balsa Man 2011 (photo by Jeremy Fitzhardinge)

Jumping the shark at Balsa Man 2011 (photo by Jeremy Fitzhardinge)

Without each participant of Balsa Man giving their ounce of passion the event would have nothing more than a diminuant man waiting to be set ablaze.

While the Balsa Man org is no longer organizing an event this year we hope and encourage everyone to take there passion and creativity and make August 31st 2013 theirs! In fact, we encourage them to make every day a celebration of creativity no matter how small!

We are leaving our leaving up the guidelines of How to Participate as a historical record. Our hope is that it may serve as a bit of inspiration to people who want to create their own small event.

How to Participate

  • Create Tiny Art! The theme for this year is “Chance” — tiny art does not have to relate to the theme but we encourage all to explore the theme of Chance, whatever that means to you: interactive exciting games of chance, immersive explorations of the winds of fate, or the drama of destiny. We invite all Balsa Man artists to submit a tiny art grant proposal (theme is not a requirement for receiving an art grant). If you would like to bring art please visit read our Tiny Art Guidelines and our Tiny Art Grant submission process.
  • Join Balsa DTW! There isnt much of a city to build so Balsa Dept. of Tiny Works is a pretty low responsiblity job. Still what would the burn be without them? Before the event, the Balsa DTW is responsible for: creating the 3×5″ Burma Shave signs leading into the event, helping mark the Tiny Art Main Street and installing up the tiny trash fence—yes we do have a tiny trash fence. After the burn, the Balsa DTW is responsible for removal of the trash fence and helping with cleanup. During the burn, the Balsa DPW is responsible for being as snarky as they wanna be while drinking PBR.
  • Join the Balsa Man KCrew! The Balsa Man himself is diminutive yet he is intricate. We need help with chopping, gluing, pyrotechnics, and transportation.
  • Host a Balsa Build Night! Making tiny art is best enjoyed in groups. With the ability to collectively share tools, glue, and ideas (and whiskey), creativity flourishes—plus it’s a great way to meet people.
  • Host a Balsa Regional in your home town! If you are a tiny art enthusiast and can’t make it to the main event think about hosting your own Balsa Regional. Balsa Regional leads are eligible for receiving a Tiny Art Grant and Balsa Man goods for their regional burn.
  • Write for the Balsa Blog! We will be using the Balsa Blog to showcase all our tiny artists but in order to make that happen we need to bring in a few talented writers so as to make this site great.
  • Donate to the Black Pebble Arts Foundation! You can of course donate to the BPAF which helps pay the materials costs to build the Balsa Man and more importantly provides art grants to all our tiny artists. We accept monitary donations as well as in kind donations in the form of balsa wood, art materials, and tools—you won’t beleive how much glue and how many xacto blades our artists go through. For more information about how to donate to the BPAF please visit our Donations page (the BPAF is shut down and no longer taking donations).