Can you believe 2023 has almost come and gone? Well, we are excited to fill a few seats on the Spinning Arts Foundation's Board of Directors. This is a working board, which means you will be expected to attend meetings as well as help SAF grow.
"I am interested, but haven't been on a board before. Can I still apply?"
It is 100% okay if you have no experience at all! Everyone needs to start somewhere and this is a great environment to learn.
"What are the requirements to being on the board?"
The biggest one is being a member of SAF, which is as easy as signing up here -> www.wildfireretreat.org/saf-membership.html
We also would like for you to be able to attend meetings as well as be open to learning different aspects of a nonprofit like filing with the state.
"What if I don't get on the board?"
We have already started some committees which are part of SAF and will continue to grow. We are looking forward to involving more community leaders as SAF continues to become an organization that is for the community run by the community.
Elīza , a multi-medium creative, promotional specialist, and flow artist. She’s an activist in her community working on state funded initiatives focused on community prevention of gender based and sexual violence, supportive of marginalized communities, and spreading the positive power of Art through creative events in her city. She leads flow jams and burns, educating those curious on flows arts and has a deep passion for bringing people together and working on a team. Outspoken and enthusiastic, Elīza hopes to bring her ideas for public outreach, social media, and creativity to SAF through her wide experience in many different industries.
.Elm (They/Them He/Him) is a nonbinary neurodivergent trans forest goblin found in the woods of Maine. They have been spinning fire for 9 nine years and have really taken leaps forward over the past few years when diving themselves directly into the world of sobriety. Elm is currently a Fire Captain for the Firebenders at Harry Brown's Farm and also an organizer with the Maine Fire Dancing Collective who hosts free public spin jams at the Portland First Friday Art Walks in the summer. When not found with a prop in their hands, they enjoy spending a little too much on kinder eggs, information gathering on mental health, and expressing their desire to always push others to be their raw authentic selves. When Elm stepped into the world of flow arts they found their way by a constant state of play, having a learning disability made it difficult to learn things in a technical way- but after years of constant play with their 9 props they have helped others step into the community that were held back by their own learning disabilities or doubts. One of the famous Elm lines is “If you feel good while doing it, just keep doing it!” Elm hopes to work towards more accessible spinning arts programing, passionately promoting fire safety, and reminding people you can be whatever you want in the world. Be the agent for change you wish to see in the world.
Lars would consider himself a very creative person. He’s been involved in organizing events with Epic Spinjams for 3 years and have helped host weekly local flowarts meetups in East Providence. He also won a local talent show called East Providence Got Talent. Lars received his Bachelor's degree in Mass Media/Communications from Rhode Island College in 2018.
Lars began his journey in flowarts in 2010 when I learned about glove light shows at a Rave my sister snuck me into. Going from glove lights, to spinning poi, to Buugeng, he explored several flow props. In May 2020, he decided to pick up 8 Rings. After two and a half years, he’s become a top performer on Gigsalad. Lars has developed an 8 rings tutorial series and has created 2 original prop designs based on 8 Rings and S Staff.
“Stone” (Robert Stone, he/him) is an American photographer and visual artist, born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He holds a B.F.A. in Photography from the Hartford Art School, and an M.F.A. in Photography and Related Media from the Rochester Institute of Technology. His photography work deals with themes of memory, emotional trauma, environmental tensions, and the veiled surface of the American psyche.
Stone has been part of Wildfire and the fire arts community since 2007. In an interview he stated that “To me, Wildfire has always been about community. As an organization it’s important to maintain perspective. Although we have grown from a grassroots space, to a larger influence, the methodologies and approach we take with the community is essential for maintaining ties to our foundation.
WF changed my life so many years ago, and I want to see it continue to have a positive effect on new generations, and old.
Thank you so much to all who applied and a big round of applause for our final candidates!
Psst, want to hear a secret? Kitchen Manager is one of the most fun roles at WildFire! You get to make new friends, create delicious meals, have Disney sing alongs, and so much more all while building valuable skills. (It looks great on a resume, too!) If you’re interested, fill out the WF leadership application today! https://forms.gle/PXSAWm5TDJmBxLB79
Now that the secret’s out, I asked former KM Adam Larsen to share some of his favorite things about running the WildFire kitchen:
“I ended up as KM for my first event and it was great! I can be kind of shy, but working side by side was a really awesome way to make new friends and get to know everyone who volunteered for kitchen shifts.
It’s not just that I was new to WildFire, too, I was new to the flow arts community and came in without a prop or any experience. Being the KM gave me an immediate and tangible way to give back to the community while forcing me to be way more social than I probably would have been otherwise. Feeding people is my love language, I really enjoy knowing that MY food helped you all power up and level up all weekend!
The two biggest highlights for me were the random pockets of extreme silliness exploding out of kitchen crew (if you’re not having fun in my kitchen we’re doing something wrong), and cooking over the fire pit out back. There’s something so good about dumping out several bags of charcoal, lighting a huge fire, and cooking meals over it. Preparing food over flames at WF just feels right.”