About Us

Eric Griswold, President
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burning since:
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“Forget Paris. Go to Burning Man. It’s one of the world’s centers of innovative design. You will see more astonishing things in a day than you will ordinarily see in a year. People from the Midwest can especially benefit from this. To contribute to this connection is a privilege.”

Marilyn Besasie, Vice President
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burning since:
personal quote:
“Burning Man changed my life and I wish everyone in the world would go JUST ONE TIME. Just go, and then I’ll stop bugging you about it.” 


Donald Unverrich, Treasurer
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burning since:
personal quote: “Where do they all get these wonderful toys?”



Sandra Heinz, Secretary
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personal quote: “Where are my pants?!”



The Institute for Thought is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Milwaukee.

We promote community development through the Experimental Arts.
We sponsor gatherings of the local creative class to mix arts, technology, and culture.
We are the local outpost of the Burning Man Project.
We operate the BurningSNOW Center for Experimental Arts in Milwaukee’s Riverwest district.
We produce Brain Box TV, with documentary from around the world and original sketch comedy.
We serve as Regional Contacts to the Burning Man Project.
We coordinate Snowflake Village, which draws creative people from across the Midwest and Canada to the Black Rock Desert of Nevada for one week a year.

We are run entirely by volunteers, and funded by donations. We believe in a “do-ocracy” system. Show up to the meetings, take on a project, and make it yours.

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