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The Flow Factory, a community flex space in Sarasota’s Ivy League District, will host “Art-Stravaganza!” on Saturday, March 29 from noon-7pm. The event will feature a variety of interactive, artistic activities and classes. The Flow Factory is located at 2035 Cornell Street, offers a variety of community events, classes and performances, and serves as the home of the Common Wealth Time Bank, Sarasota’s first complimentary currency.

“Art-Stravaganza!” will include an installation of “The Labyrinth of the Unbroken Path,” a maze developed by Flow Factory Director of Operational Development Steve McAllister by building upon a myriad of cultural, religious, and philosophical traditions. “In essence,” McAllister says, “the Unbroken Path is the thread of greater Truth that is woven into all of our stories. The Labyrinth is how we make our stories intertwine so that we can strengthen the thread.” As visitors make their way through the Labyrinth, they are invited to leave their own message for those in search of a more collaborative and resourceful way of living.

After making their way through the Labyrinth, visitors will be treated to two live mural exhibitions as Jorde’ continues to work on the two-story waterfall above the “Love Rocks,” and Truman Adams creates a life-sized portrait of Alan Watts.

Visitors will also have the chance to participate in the “Panhandling for Peace” project, in partnership with the Peace Education and Action Center, the 501c3 that has been germinating the Common Wealth Time Bank. The project is a redux of the “Reverse Panhandling” video produced by Steve McAllister to his song “If Only,” and will partner photographers with people who want to hold the signs created at “Art-stravaganza!” on street-corners throughout Sarasota on Tuesday, April 1. The photographs will be compiled into a video accompanied by the Noise Ordinance 4 version of “If Only” featuring Sara Stovall Moone of Passerine.

“The entirety of what we’re doing at The Flow Factory, through the Common Wealth Time Bank, and all of PEAC’s activities,” says McAllister, “is opening up new ways to communicate, collaborate, and construct a stronger economics of well-being. And we all just want to do what we can to have fun and enjoy one another in the process. Isn’t that the progress we really want?”

Admission to Art-Stravaganza is a sliding scale, “pay-what-you-want” fee with a suggested “flownation” of 4$. Collected flownations are then channeled through ABC2 Economics to support the Artistry, Business, Citizenry, and Charity of The Flow Factory. Find out more about The Flow Factory at www.FlowFactory.org and the Common Wealth Time Bank at www.CommonWealthTimeBank.com.

If you would like to participate in the development of Art-stravaganza, contact The Flow Factory at theflowfactorysrq@gmail.com.

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