Fund the Flow Arts

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.


The History of the Fund taken from

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.


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.


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 and the Flow Show.


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.


The Rickshaw Circus

Today I would like to tell you all about an organization that I think is on the right track: The Rickshaw Circus.


What is Rickshaw Circus?
– Support the Afghan Mobile Mini Circus for Children (MMCC) in Afghanistan
– Make a Social Circus Tour through Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey to reach out to children
– Spread the word on Social Circus and its positive therapeutic impact

Rickshaw Circus is a group of Social Circus practitioners and associated supporters, with partner organizations in Germany, Canada and Turkey. The general aim is to support circus arts as a therapeutic tool and to work with children and youth affected by war, natural disasters and other forms of trauma. Rickshaw Circus also aims to raise awareness and funds for projects that are already working in this capacity, specifically the Mobile Mini Circus for Children in Afghanistan (MMCC).

The future Circus Rickshaw!
To achieve these goals, the Rickshaw Circus will tour between June and August 2012 with a colorfully painted, motorized rickshaw through Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey and work with children, youth and young adults in schools, orphanages, hospitals and refugee camps. The tour is geared towards raising funds for the MMCC/AECC in Afghanistan, spreading awareness on Social Circus and giving positive media feedback for the countries and people on the traveling route.

The Rickshaw Circus will visit street children in Pakistan, work with school children and orphans in Iran and spread smiles and hope among displaced people in Turkey. On its tour, the Rickshaw Circus aims to give educational workshops to aid campaigners, social workers, teachers and local advocates on Social Circus and its transformative power (see ‘What is Social Circus?’). The workshop participants will function as key future partners and implementers for Social Circus. Building permanent capacity is an important part of what the Rickshaw Circus hopes to achieve. To do this, we will not only leave behind knowledge on how to organize and structure circus activities through our workshops, but also provide support materials on the theoretical background and practical realization of Social Circus projects. Furthermore, the Rickshaw Circus will perform for local people and give skills-developing workshops for small groups of children and youth to inspire them and further their ability for transformation and empowerment through circus arts.

Support the Rickshaw Circus!