States of Enlightenment is a ballooning performance project consisting of a series of fifty helium cluster balloon flights, one in each of the states of the United States.  Where possible, flights will feature some location, landmark or event of regional significance.  The inaugural flight in States of Enlightenment took place at Balloon Fest in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in August, 2002; flights are projected to continue at the rate of three to five states per year for the next ten to fifteen years.

States of Enlightenment celebrates the pursuit of dreams and the liberating force of creativity and eccentricity in American life, both historical and contemporary. Click here for a Balloonist's Statement offering some additional perspectives on the project.

Support for the States of Enlightenment project is now being sought. Send an e-mail for information on how to sponsor the States of Enlightenment flight in your state!

 

Project Status: 47 Down, 3 to Go

Click on state name to view photos and narrative from flight in that state

2002: Oklahoma, Kansas

2003: New York, Indiana, Idaho

2004: Wisconsin, Michigan, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada, Mississippi

2005: Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee, Louisiana, Minnesota, Colorado

2006: Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Pennsylvania, Utah, Wyoming, Illinois, Virginia, Arizona

2007: New Mexico, Oregon, Maine, Vermont, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Kentucky, California, West Virginia, North Caroline, Florida

2008: South Dakota, Montana, South Carolina

2010: Washington, Rhode Island, Missouri, Connecticut

2011: Maryland, North Dakota

 

Completed Flight Map

Click on shaded states to view photos and narrative from flight in that state

= 2002 flights; = 2003 flights; = 2004 flights; = 2005 flights;
= 2006 flights; = 2007 flights; = 2008 flights; = 2010 flights


 

 

Completed Flight List

Scroll through list; click on text in the row of interest to see photos and narrative from flight in that state.

 

Flight Date
State
City
Event

10/16/2004

8/5/2005 and 8/6/2005
Louisiana
Baton Rouge
North American Balloon Association Nationals

5/28/2006

9/8/2006

10/22/2006

5/19/2007
Oregon
Madras
Collage of Culture
9/1/2007
California
Ripon
Color the Skies

6/14/2008

7/26/2008
Montana
Billings
Magic City Balloon Festival

3/6/2010

8/7/2010 Rhode Island Cumberland Cumberlandfest
9/25/2010 Missouri New Haven New Haven Balloon Race
10/10/2010 Connecticut Canaan Canaan Balloon Fly-in
5/21/2011 Maryland Union Bridge Flying H Farm Balloon Fly-in

9/10/2011

North Dakota Medora Medora Balloon Rally