YANAGUANA COMMUNITY ARTS COLLECTIVE
Our Mission is to create and facilitate an event that upholds the principles of community, radical self-expression, and leave no trace, as well as embraces the local art and culture of the San Antonio Area.
After connecting at several Texas regional events, a small group San Antonio Burners committed to building a stronger local burner culture based in the greater San Antonio area. Community support was instant and is growing stronger everyday.
Several members of the founding group came together and created Yanaguana Community Art Collective (YCAC) LLC and facilitated our inaugural event, Alma Burn, in April 2017. This annual event reflects the principles of Burning Man, while embracing and sharing the unique culture of our area and encouraging a gathering of our community. Every year since, the YCAC hosts Alma Burn with steady growth in size and scope thanks solely to the dedication of volunteers.
While the focus of YCAC is largely the annual event, Alma Burn, the team works to incorporate the burner culture into the local community throughout the year by creating opportunities for likeminded individuals to gather through social events as well as reaching out to the local non-burner community through art, education, and community service. YCAC also encourages the community to participate through the “Cabal,” a planning group open to anyone who wants to help build and grow Alma Burn.
Today, Alma Burn represents a beautiful melding of burner principles and San Antonio’s vibrant art, music, and cultural influences. Alma means soul in Spanish, and perfectly symbolizes that at our core, we are both Burners and members of this rich and beautiful community here in south central Texas.
Founder, Director YCAC LLC. George Paap was the first Burning Man Regional Contact in ‘97 founding the first regional event “Burning Flipside”. George is an 11 time Burning Man veteran and is a speaker at the 2017 Burning Man Global Leadership Conference. He works as a Lead Decision Science Analyst and is currently obtaining a Masters Degree in Foresight from the University of Houston. He is an active member of the Association of Professional Futurists and the World Future Society.
Founder, Director YCAC LLC. Kitty is the “behind-the-scenes paper wrangler” and public relations volunteer. Along with her husband Paul (see next) she has attended 13 Burns including Burning Man and Flipside (including Floodside). In addition to attending Burning Man, she also works for The Man, volunteering with BRC’s Emergency Services Department in Plans/Records. Need to find her? Just look for the cat ears.
Founder, Director YCAC LLC Kitty's better half. Firefighter/EMT/Mechanic/Badass. If you see him running, try to keep up.
Founder, Former YCAC DIrector I am honored to be one of Alma Burn’s founders. I quit my job of many years to attend Burning Man 2013 and have not looked back. Since that epic year, I have been to South Africa’s burn known as Afrikaburn, and attended several of Texas’s regional burns. I am a Paramedic by training and will often be found in/around the medical tent.
Founder, Director YCAC LLC.
Founder, Director YCAC LLC. A cultural anthropologist and experience producer, the Ambassador crafts experiences to empower and enrich humanity. Receiving his playa name by way of an S class quest to and in Burning Man, he became a founder of the theme camp Motropolis and over 5 burns has led over 70 international burn virgins home. Also known as a "One Man Burn," he one year ran a 100' x 150sqft space for Motropolis at 3 and A, entirely by himself.