Thank you for considering serving the Lakes of Fire community as a member of the Great Lakes Experimental Arts, Inc. Board of Directors. The Board has positions opening at the end of 2018, for a term running through the end of 2021 (covering three event cycles 2019, 2020 and 2021).
The Great Lakes Experimental Arts Board of Directors currently is composed of 7 members from around the Great Lakes region. Current members include: Weston "Wes" Sii, Bo "Scuba" Lawler, Mary Green "Blue", Matt "GrumpyFF" Kreuzwieser, Nuri "Raptor" Gocay, Jessica “Rabit” Baile, Scott Van de Vyver.
While these roles continually evolve, we hope this gives you a sense of the position and the commitment:
Great Lakes Experimental Arts, Inc. Board members are the legal face of the Lakes of Fire event and are directly responsible for the long term sustainability of GLEA. Board members are expected to have a view point that looks out for GLEA, not just a singular area or department within the LOF event. LOF Leads handle most day to day event planning and ops. Most decision making comes from within the Leads group. However, Board members are ultimately responsible for the on-going nature of the event / organization and must contribute and act from that viewpoint.
In general; contracts, insurance, donations, legal paperwork, and financial oversight all fall in this zone. The board is also focused on the cultivation and fostering of long term organizational health which covers areas like the annual Leads event planning retreat, support of conflict resolution, tracking and communicating the organizational vision, documenting and updating long-term plans, documenting our successes and supporting change which serves to make GLEA a stronger, more effective organization. Onsite, during the Lakes of Fire Event, Board Of Director On Call (BODOC) shifts include; coordinating and head up daily Lead meetings, document incidents, work with Rangers, ESD, and other department teams to resolve event issues, interact with local officials and law enforcement when necessary, and enforce event policies including potentially ejecting participants from the event. .
Position requirements include access to computers and ease with email and online forums, access to a phone, commitment to at least 2 hours per week off-season and much more time during the prime production season, calm decision making under pressure, an ability to set aside personal ego for the best of the overall organization, and an interest in learning about & participating in the financial and legal oversight of a non-profit organization.
Every effort is made for two Board Members to be on the event site as soon as any affiliated LOF boots hit the ground. This is usually eight days before the effigy burns. Likewise, post event demands on site Board members as well, usually 3-4 days after the effigy burns. During the event, Board Member shifts have been 24 hours long. Board Members have tried to schedule two BODOCs per shift; one as the primary and the second as support. All Board Members work on Burn Night, two as designated on a 24 hour shift and remaining members as support from 6pm until conclusion of effigy burn.
Throughout the year, the Board may be involved in addressing complaints or concerns, conflict resolutions and mediation from and between participants and organizers. Topics can be sensitive and will require strict confidentiality and non disclosure measures.
There are many roles needed to create Lakes of Fire. To be a Board Member can be a great responsibility. It can also yield the greatest sense of achievement, pride and enrichment. It is an honor to be a part of the production team that leans towards the sustainability of this event.