Apogaea began as a way to celebrate the Colorado Burning Man Community and has grown into its own entity. Through guidance from the 10 Burning Man Principles, Apogaea continues to thrive year-round.
- Apogaea was formed after the dissolution of Geodesika, a similar event inspired by the ideas of Buckminster Fuller.
- Approximately 40 interested people met multiple times in late 2003 and early 2004 to design the event known as Apogaea.
- In 2006 and 2012, extreme fire conditions restricted Apogaea from burning the effigy. In both cases (the Phoenix in 2006 and Blossom in 2012) the effigy was reused and burned the next year.
- The management, staff and performers of Apogaea have been strictly volunteers, and never received any compensation for their time & effort.
- The biggest line item expense in Apogaea’s budget has always been creative grants in support of art.
- The Westword did a story on Apogaea in 2005 titled Afterburn.
Our Apogaea Census is an evaluation survey completed by participants. It helps us see where there might be areas of improvement and what we did well in a given year. The results, we hope, will allow us to see trends and changes in the community. Most importantly it can help to guide us in the allocation of our resources in the coming years.
We welcome your input as a participant and your comments are helpful for future events! Help us by completing the census which is released shortly after each year’s event.