Drive-thru art experience provides excitement during pandemic

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RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - eTradeWire -- Whimsical installation art, mutant vehicles, and firey dance performances will be right out the
window as Sacramento Valley residents by the car-load visit The Mine Shaft in Rancho Cordova for "Summer Spark drive-thru."
The two-night multisensory art experience inspired the annual counter-cultural event Burning Man takes place July 24 and 25 from 7 p.m. until midnight. Advanced per vehicle tickets are
$20. Drop-in tickets are $30. The unlimited visit "arts supporter" pass costs $100.
"This is our attempt to tweak what we do to give guests this amazing experience -- inspired by Burning Man -- without leaving their vehicle" said Ed Fletcher, president of Sacramento
Valley Spark, the organization behind the event. "The pandemic
has been rough on many people. This is not a 'back to normal' event but will be two nights the region will soon not forget."

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The drive-thru format, strick physical distancing, and mask use will be employed to minimize health risks. Guests will not leave their vehicles once inside the experience, including ordering and receiving food from on-site food trucks.
"It's the same concept as driving through a holiday light display or visiting a haunted house,"
said Tiffany Allen a longtime Sacramento event producer.
"In addition to collecting some amazing art previously displayed at Burning Man, we're funding original art from some of the region's top artists working in light, kinetic, and installation art," said Allen.
"To Bee or Not to Bee"; a 15-foot long honey bee is among the artwork curated for the event.
The piece by Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson Art of Alameda was one of more than 400 on display at
Burning Man in 2019 and one of 75 partially funded by the Burning Man Project that year.
With Burning Man canceled this year, local burners, lead by the non-profit Sacramento Valley

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Spark, have turned their attention to creating this unique experience.
Summer Spark is supported by a grant from the City of Rancho Cordova's Community
Enhancement fund. The grant has allowed us to pay artists at a time they really need it, said
Fletcher. The City of Rancho Cordova's Comunity Enhancement Fund is supported by a ½ cent sales tax approved by Rancho Cordova voters in Nov. 2014. In 2019, the city approved 50 community projects totaling $2.1 million.
Sacramento Valley Spark is a 501(c)3 nonprofit inspired by the "10 principles of Burning Man."
While The Burning Man Project has endorsed the Playa Art Park project, it is not specifically endorsing the drive-thru event.
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Ed Fletcher

Source: Sacramento Valley Spark
Filed Under: Arts, COVID-19

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