Fund the Flow Arts

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What is the Fund?

Fund the Flow Arts is a US based nonprofit, that aims to present and promote the flow arts globally. It aims to advance the prop manipulation based flow arts. And also to foster local flow arts communities and cultivate the development of the global community of flow arts practitioners.

In achieving these goals, the fund engages in activities that:

1. Support emerging and developing flow arts communities.

2. Present and showcase this art form to the public.

3. Make it accessible to a large number of people.

4. Advance the evolution of these disciplines in technique and artistry.

Program areas provide resources, grants and education to Flow artists and aspiring Flow artists worldwide, and aim to nurture and strengthen Flow Arts communities.

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The History of the Fund taken from fundtheflowarts.org:

Flow Arts communities are simultaneously local and global. All over the world, local spinjams and workshops bring together flow artists to play, practice and share tricks and concepts. The global Flow Arts community grows as people travel to international retreats and festivals, sharing their skills. In addition, with the wide availability of online networks and interest groups, Flow communities from all over the world are connecting remotely to teach and learn from each other through online media such as YouTube and Facebook.

There exists – online and offline – a collaborative, active and burgeoning worldwide community of flow practitioners connected through their love of this emerging movement. While it is currently a hobby for most, several flow artists have left their day jobs behind to commit to a career of teaching, performing and sharing the artform.

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Watermelon Dan
One such flow artist was Burning Dan, a dynamic Los-Angeles based performer and teacher. He actively fostered community around the Flow Arts both locally through his weekly FlowTemple parties in LA, and globally through his travels, teaching and inspiring people all over the world. Burning Dan was also known as “Watermelon Dan” for his love of the pink and green watermelon color scheme and the positive effect it has on people.

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In May 2010, his friends at Flowtoys launched a special limited run of watermelon-themed flowlights (a LED lightstick produced by the company) [available HERE] in honor of Dan’s boundless efforts towards fostering his local flow community, and recognizing his contributions to the Flow endeavor. Dan had also been hinting and urging Flowtoys to release this color scheme for awhile
The watermelon flowlights were very popular and the run sold out before the end of the summer. Later that fall, Dan passed away and the flow community worldwide mourned the loss of a champion. Dan was a radiant and generous soul, who left an indelible mark in the flow community, touching the lives of everyone he met. Dan had many dreams for the flow arts. Following his passing many wondered how they could contribute to continuing Dan’s and the collective flow community’s vision.

His friends at Flowtoys came up with an idea to start a fund for the flow arts, and to seed the Fund with the profits from a commemorative run of watermelon-themed flowlights. The Fund would be a non-profit and serve the mission of advancing the flow arts, and fostering flow communities. Its first two projects are Flowarts.net and the Flow Show.

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The Fund’s watermelon logo
The watermelon-themed logo symbolizes the freshness of the emerging Flow artform and its ability to quench the human thirst for challenge, creativity, meditation, movement and community.

Designed by Xavi Panneton, one of the community’s most favored visionary artists and graphic designer, the logo recognizes Watermelon Dan for the inspiration, efforts and generous spirit that he gave to building flow arts communities.

Rest in peace Dan.

Twista Fire Poi

Hello fellow spinners. Today I just wanted to spread the word about a great product that I’m sure you’ll appreciate as much as I do.

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These are just about the best fire poi I know of. They’re really great, durable, and smooth. Best of all, there’s minimal exposed hardware so there’s less of a risk of burning yourself!

I would say more, but I’ll just let you check them out for yourselves.

Use the link below and get my 7.1% discount off your entire order!

Twista Fire Poi at Home of Poi

Poi

What is poi? Poi, (plural is also just “poi”, and not “pois”), is a Maori word meaning ball on cord. Poi was first developed by the Maori of New Zealand, and were used by both sexes. The women used poi to keep their hands nimble for weaving, and the men used it as a training tool for battle.

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Since then, poi has drastically changed. It has taken on many forms, and has been influenced by the martial arts, and several more modern performance arts.
In the more recent past, poi has been influenced by the glow stringing/sticking rave culture. Many new moves, (such as orbitals), have been brought to poi through this influence.

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There are many different types of poi.
Sock poi, cone poi, flag poi, veil poi, fire poi, sparkle poi, club poi, and contact poi, just to name a few. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks. Fire and sparkle poi are most dangerous, while fabric poi are the most benign.

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Poi is a branch of the flow arts, and is useful in reaching the flow state. It’s uses range from physical therapy, to fitness, to recreation. Poi offers phenomenal health benefits. Poi can strengthen hand-eye coordination, improve awareness, and possibly even raise IQ by strengthening the corpus callosum. So go, get a pair!!!

Podpoi by Flowtoys

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Flowtoys has done it again. Podpoi have got to be the best LED poi ever created.

Features:
• full color
• many modes
• infinitely adjustable
• bright
• lasts all night
• usb rechargeable
• non-toxic
• conscious design
• super durable
• lifetime warranty

Made of soft and supple silicone, (that won’t yellow and can be thrown in with your laundry or dirty dishes when it does need cleaning), with a hi-tech removable polycarbonate LED light capsule housed inside, these are as good as I can imagine poi being. If there were a better pair ever made though, it would be by Flowtoys.

The specially designed flowcord leashes with amazingly smooth swivels and seamless nylon “floop” handles practically disappear into the silicone pod. All with no painful hardware!

On top of that, Podpoi are microusb rechargeable, so no more having to carry extra batteries! Now charging your poi is as easy as charging your phone!

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Podpoi have an intuitive single button interface that is very easy to use. You just press to change modes, and press and hold to access the individual modes options. You can even save 10 modes as favorites! Most modes last over 7 hours on a single charge, while some modes last over 50!

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Just in case you weren’t quite sold yet, they have a lifetime warrenty!
You can purchase Podpoi at Flowtoys. They are currently sold out, but should be receiving more in early April. When they are back in stock, it will be announced both on their site, and on their Facebook page. Like them on Facebook!

Be sure to check out the links above!

I’ll be sure to post here as well when they’re available.

May the Flow be with you.

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