Design & Logistics Lead - Frances Jemini
Construction Lead - Johnny "Drippy" Newell
Art Lead - Jennifer Thomson

The Temple Team is responsible for the design, construction, transportation, burning, clean up, and any other needs of the Alchemy Temple. The Temple is very important part of the event to many participants. Its importance, some would argue, is due to the variety of meaning and value they hold to each community members. Some treat as a place to grieve a loss, celebrate a life, seek solace and peace, or use it as a place of contemplation. The Temple is usually burned on Sunday at sunrise in a solemn bonfire ceremony.

Our Temples have very few constraints on their artistic and structural concept. They have historically been wooden, sometimes interactive, and sometimes climbable. The designers make a lot of effort to make it a space that serves the desires of the community.



Want to lead Temple at a future burn?

Below are some expectations and requirements of team leads. Do not be scared by all this stuff! We have pretty solid support and resource systems to help you with this, especially if this is your first time leading a team.

Temple is unique, in that the leadership is broken out into three distinct roles:

Temple Art Lead:
  • The creative and imaginative mind behind the Temple. They are the visionaries who dream the big dream. Expectation about their role include:
  • Creating the design concept for the Temple (does not have to include the technical design)
  • Overseeing and curating the artistic aspects of the Temple
  • Working with the Temple Leads to incorporate any desired artistic mediums (CnC art, painting, lighting, sound, etc)
  • Thinking of ways to include community members and incorporate their art in the Temple (With the assistance of the Temple Logistics Lead)
  • Working with the Fire Safety team to come up with a cool and safe ignition plan
  • Ability to create a digital model of the design is highly desired (but not required)
  • No construction experience necessary. We will hook you up with with the people who have that
Temple Construction & Fabrication Lead:
  • The technically inclined, builder savvy hands that will lead the physical design, construction, and labor. Expectation about their role include:
  • Working with the Temple Art Lead to translate their concept into a safe and structurally sound Temple  
  • Creating the plans and blueprints for the Temple, within the Fire Safety guidelines
  • Creating a build budget and a materials list, as accurately as possible
  • Working with the Temple Leads to create a pre-build plan and schedule
  • Working with the Temple Logistics Lead to recruit a volunteer build crew
  • Working with the Temple Leads to create any CnC art (if applicable)
  • Working with the Logistics Lead to coordinate transportation of the Temple from the build site to the event site
  • Working with the Ops Department Lead to secure heavy equipment and certified volunteers to operator them (if needed)
  • Overseeing the build process (pre-build and on-site)
  • Construction, contractor, carpentry, or equivalent experience is required
  • This is likely the most time consuming lead position. Your presence is needed for all pre-build sessions and on-site construction.
  • This constraint can be off-set by good project management, delegation, and a supportive team.
  • No artistic background necessary (although it wouldn't hurt to have it)
Temple Logistics Lead:
  • The type-A wizard who will help keep everyone's S&#! together.  Expectation about their role include:
  • Being fully available to the other Temple Leads to provide any logistical stuff as needed. This includes:
  • Communication with the ELT and the rest of the event leadership
  • Purchasing, build materials, and art supplies
  • Build site needs
  • Transportation
  • Budgeting 
  • Organizing people and volunteer management
  • Working with the Alchemy Public Works (APW) and the Purchasing Lead to secure all the tools and materials needed
  • Working with the EMS and Ops Departments to coordinate and plan closing and burning the sucker down
  • Working with the Temple Leads and APW to coordinate the Temple burn-scar clean up
  • No art, design, or building experience necessary
  • Efficient and prompt communication is required
  • Online planning tools (Excel, Google Docs, etc) skills required
General Team Lead Expectations:
  • Attend the monthly Team Lead meetings. If you do not live close enough to Atlanta, we require that you have a Co-Lead who can attend. 
  • Submit a budget for the team.
  • Attend build weekend/week if required for your team.
  • Set up a volunteer schedule in coordination with the volunteer coordinator.
  • Attend the daily Team Lead meetings during the event.
  • Assign one person (either a Team Lead or an experienced volunteer) to assist with breaking down the team's infrastructure. This team member must remain onsite until their team's assets have been completely broken down and turned over to Teardown/Public Works.
  • Complete post-event report submitted 3 weeks after the event.
  • Attend Radio training

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