2023-24 Seed Fund Grant Proposal Guidelines

Fund the Flow Arts is a US-based nonprofit established in 2011 to present and promote the Flow Arts. Our mission is to:

  • Advance the prop manipulation-based Flow Arts
  • Foster local Flow Arts communities
  • Cultivate the global community of Flow Arts practitioners.

The purpose of the Seed Fund is to support projects that will help fulfill this mission. We will be distributing a total of $50,000 in this round, and are offering tiered grant amounts. In your proposal, please provide the requested information for the tier to which you are applying.

For this round, grants are available to U.S. based recipients only. We hope to be able to support international projects in future rounds.

Previously funded projects have included:

  • Critical Mass Dance Company for their new dance theater performance piece. CDMC is a blacklight dance theater company that supports community health, women’s leadership and social change through dance education programs and performances.
  • Enrico Vinholi for continued work on technology that generates music from the movement of staves.
  • Kate Riegle Van West for the second round of her Poi and Aging research.
  • Kevin Gao for efforts to bring the flow arts as a form of therapy to Burmese refugees living in Boston, MA.
  • Paul Hull for the support of a dedicated venue for flow arts exploration, outreach and engagement in Nashville, TN.
  • The Philadelphia Spin Coalition for a new program “SpinCo Together” that seeks to provide positive impact through movement arts and interactive performance to individuals experiencing mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders and intellectual disabilities..

Please scroll to:

  • view application requirements
  • access application forms for the various tiers
  • view review process and criteria

Deadline for submissions is 31 December 2023, 11:59pm PST. We wish you the best and look forward to seeing your project proposals!

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GRANT TIERS AND PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS

Tier 1: For requests up to $1,000

Tier 2: For requests between $1,001 – $5,000

  • Submit completed Tier 2 application form.
  • Example of how to answer question 7. You don’t have to make a graph/chart, just a simple list in the form will be fine.
  • Example expense breakout for $5,000 request:

Tier 3: For requests between $5,001 – $10,000

  • Submit completed Tier 3 application form
  • For this tier, other sources of funding are required. You will list these in question 7.
  • Example of how to answer question 8. You don’t have to make a graph/chart, just a simple list in the form will be fine.
  • Example expense breakout for $10,000 request:

Tier 4: $10,000 – $20,000

  • Submit completed Tier 4 application form
  • For this tier, a detailed budget for the project, including any other funds raised in addition to Seed Fund support*, is required. Include donations and grants, as well as projected ticket or other revenue. In your budget, please breakout the specific expenses Seed Fund funding will cover. Please see the example budget form below for an idea of how to conceptualize a project budget.
    *Please note that for this tier, other sources of funding are required.
  • For this tier, resumes of the project leaders including both administrative and artistic roles, are required.
  • For this tier, an interview with Fund the Flow Arts representatives is required. Someone will contact you to set this up upon receipt of your application.
  • Example Project Budget:
  • Note on use of funds: The Seed Fund grant will be used to support the following line items:

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Review Process:

  • Applications will be reviewed by the board and a panel of community members.
  • Application Period: October 1 – December 31, 2023
  • Deadline: December 31, 2023, 11:59 p.m. PST
  • Awards announced by March 15, 2024

Review Criteria:

The Flow Show

12th San Francisco Flow Show :: 27-29 March 2020

The Flow Show returns this March 27-29 to Dance Mission Theater, for our 12th year in the heart of San Francisco’s vibrant Mission District.

The Flow Show serves up a stunning cast of new and professional artists that all use the Flow Arts as their medium of expression.

These acts are not your typical circus-style routines! Our performers specialize in Flow Arts, a discipline that can include everything from juggling to spinning fans to hula hoops. These skills are fused with dance, storytelling, and raw emotion to create a unique show that will ignite the imagination.

Sold out seats year after year prove that audiences want to experience the emergent culture of Flow Arts. This showcase is overflowing with talent, imagination, and mind-blowing feats. Don’t miss the chance to see this year’s cast of new and professional flow artists rock the stage and take you on their creative journey through flow.

When:

Friday, 27 March 2020. Doors @ 6:00 pm, show @ 7:00pm
Saturday, 28 March 2020. Doors @ 6:00 pm, show @ 7:00pm
Sunday, 29 March 2020. Doors @ 5:00 pm, show @ 6:00pm

Where:

Dance Mission Theater
3316 24th Street (corner Mission)
San Francisco CA 94110

Tickets: get yours now:

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4515178


The Flow Show SF is back for its 8th annual showcase!

The Flow Show returns to Dance Mission Theater for its 8th year in the heart of San Francisco’s vibrant mission district. The Flow Show serves up a whopping cast of new and professional artists that all use Flow Arts as their medium to connect with performance and art.

These acts are not your typical circus style routines. The performers specialize in Flow Arts, a broad manipulation category that can include everything from juggling to spinning poi, fans or hula hoops to levitating dancing wands. These skills are fused with dance, creative movement, and emotion to create a unique show that will inspire and captivate the imagination. Sold out seats year after year prove that audiences want to experience the new culture of Flow Arts.

When:

Friday April 1, 2016. Doors @ 7:00 pm, show @ 8:00pm
Saturday April 2. Doors @ 7:00 pm, show @ 8:00pm
Sunday April 3. Doors @ 6:00 pm, show @ 7:00pm

Where:

Dance Mission Theater
3316 24th Street (corner Mission)
San Francisco CA 94110

Tickets at $20 – get yours now:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2507586


SF-flowshow2015

The Flow Show SF is back for its 7th annual showcase!

Join us in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District and be inspired by flow artists from the Bay Area and Beyond. The Flow Show highlights innovative movement arts combining prop manipulation with dance, juggling and theater. This year’s performance props include Poi, Hoops, Fans, Staff,Contact Balls and Diabolo.

When:
Friday March 27, 7:00 pm
Saturday March 28, 7:00 pm
Sunday March 29, 6:00 pm

Where:
Dance Mission Theater

3316 24th Street (corner Mission)
San Francisco CA 94110

Tickets at $20 – get yours now:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1290458


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Fund The Flow Arts presents the 3rd annual Flow Show NYC!

Join us at The Muriel Schulman Theater in Brooklyn, a brand new location for Triskelion Arts, and be inspired by talented artists from The Big Apple and beyond. The Flow Show highlights innovative movement arts combining prop manipulation with dance, juggling and theater. This year’s performance props include Poi, Hoops, Fans, Staff,Contact Balls and Diabolo.

When:
Friday, 3 April: doors open at 6:00pm and show starts at 7:00pm
Saturday, 4 April: doors open at 6:00pm and show starts at 7:00pm
Sunday, 5 April: doors open at 5pm and show starts at 6:00pm

Where:
Triskelion Arts New location!
106 Calyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Come check us out and make sure to get tickets soon as they have sold out every year!
Tickets at $25 – http://www.flavorus.com/flowshownyc2015


FLOW SHOW launches in Chicago!
The Flow Show is growing and we’re proud to announce the Flow Show Chicago, a showcase of some of the country’s best flow arts talent!
Join us for three performances at Stage 773 to celebrate the creativity and imagination that has grown from the amazing object manipulation communities of the Midwest. Since its birth in San Francisco and continuing through its debut in New York, the Flow Show has been met with consistently sold out performances and rave reviews, providing audiences with inspiration and excitement for a growing art form.
Tickets are currently available for the three performances:
Friday, March 27th, 2014 8 PM
Saturday, March 28th, 2014 8 PM
Sunday, March 29th, 2014 2 PM$25 general admission, $15 children 12 and under
Click here for tickets to an awesome show!Stage 773
1225 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago – near the Belmont Red Line stop
www.stage773.com | 773.327.5252

Pictured: Khan Wong Photo: Sari Blum www.sariblum.com
Pictured: Khan Wong | Photo: Sari Blum at sariblum.com

FLOW SHOW San Francisco 6: TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE!

Friday, April 4th, 2014 8pm
Saturday, April 5th, 2014  8pm
Sunday, April 6th, 2014  7pm

Dance Mission Theater
3316 24th St @ Mission, San Francisco CA 94110 | dancemission.com| 415.826.4441

TICKETS: $20 – Available now – Click here to be inspired!

Celebrating its sixth year in San Francisco, The Flow Show SF is an innovative showcase of object manipulation that will change your idea of movement. Sometimes known as “spinning”, this group of movement disciplines all share one common trait: the manipulation of a “prop” or object. This year’s cast includes flow artists exploring artistic themes with poi, hoop, staff, buugeng, ball, and other props, all in the intimacy of a dance theater setting. Combining elements of dance, circus, and theater, with mind-blowing dexterity, timing, and expression, this groundbreaking show will take you on a creative journey through flow.

>>> DON’T WAIT TO BUY TICKETS. THIS SHOW SELLS OUT EVERY YEAR! <<<


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photos by Becky Yee | pictured: Ann Humphreys from Flow Show NYC 2012

THE FLOW SHOW NYC presents an inspiring marriage of body movement and props in this two-hour showcase. Witness meticulously assembled dance acts punctuated by feats that seem to defy the laws of space and gravity – all executed with precise technique, beauty, and grace.
TRISKELION ARTS CENTER
Aldous Theater: 118 North 11th Street
3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11249
L train to Bedford
December 13 Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
December 14 Doors 6:30 & 9:30 PM / Show 7:00 & 10:00 PM
December 15 Doors 5:30 PM / Show 6:00 PM
The line-up for 2013:
photo by Becky Yee / www.beckyyee.com
photo by Becky Yee / www.beckyyee.com

History of the Flow Show

The Flow Show started as a lark for founder Khan Wong. He had witnessed too many performances where the spinner or juggler’s act was background dressing or a side-act to a main event. These performances included fire shows where even though the performer was front and center, it was moreso the fire that the audience saw. He wondered what a stage show would be like, where the focus was on the spinner, their skill, their choreography, their expression, and where the performances were presented as a form of dance-theater.

Thus a call was put out “Hey everybody let’s put on a show!” Many in the San Francisco spinning community stepped up to participate. That first year, the show happened to fall the weekend before Firedrums, when a lot of the brightest lights in the international spinning world were already arriving in town for the annual camp-out/firejam/marathon geek out session. It was a rare alignment, and a crowd estimated to be three times the legal capacity of the venue showed up and most were turned away. The response by those who made it into the show was rapturous, and it was clear at the end of that first night that something bigger than a one-off show was born.

The Flow Show has now been presented five times in San Francisco, with the second New York City production coming in December 2013 and the first Chicago and sixth San Francisco shows in 2014.

the Board

Prisna Nuengsigkapian, Board of Directors

Prisna began firedancing in 1999 and actively performed the fire and flow arts from 2000-2009 in the United States and across the world as a solo artist, and in circus troupes and professional entertainment companies for stage shows, corporate functions, art and music festivals, and rock bands. Her unique style has influenced numerous poi dancers, several of whom have surpassed any of her personal accomplishments, such as pioneering premier poi schools, winning international competitions and performing in Cirque du Soleil. Since 2005, she has been an organizer and workshop instructor for Firedrums – the largest US spinning arts gathering, and is currently on it Board of Advisors. A co-founder of Flowtoys, a California-based company that produces high quality illuminated props for flow artists, Prisna also pioneered the internationally popular flow-wand levitation stick as a dance and flow prop.

In her pre-flow arts life, Prisna graduated with honors in Environmental Science from Brown University and worked in the international environment and sustainable development field for over 7 years. She edited publications updating decision makers on environmental news and policies, provided coverage of United Nations negotiations, as well as contributed as a writer and editor to publications by the UN Environment Programme.

Lily Rasel, Board of Directors

After finishing up her studies of Earth Science at Boston University, Lily made her first trip across the country to attend Burning Man in 2006. A zombie dance troupe in Victorian garb captured her heart, and she never turned back. After a brief stint working for the EPA in environmental remediation, followed by a tattoo apprenticeship in Maui, Lily made her way to San Francisco to be closer to her new community.In late 2007, Lily jumped on an office assistant position at Burning Man HQ and spent about 2.5 years providing general administrative and project support to the Burning Man office. In 2010, after working closely for several years with the Government Relations and Legal Affairs department, she decided to pursue a career in law. With the support of the Burning Man community, she is currently attending Berkeley Law, and continuing to work part-time at BMHQ as Legal Research Associate.

Lily loves to spin fire (contact staff!) and attend fire festivals near and far such as FireDrums, Japan Fire Festival, and more. She loves writing poetry, riding horses, singing jazz, dressing up in fancy garb, and visiting Japan whenever possible. Someday she hopes to live in a treehouse mansion in the woods near her horse farm in Singapore, while working in international project finance and writing creative nonfiction novels.

Sean von Stade, Board of Directors

Sean was first inspired to flow at age 11, while watching a movie in which the hero swung a sword in an infinite “figure-8”. He discovered the flow arts in 1996 while attending Northeastern University, and in 1997 was producing light-up poi in Australia before LEDs were ubiquitous. Following several years of prototyping flow props for himself and his friends, Sean founded Flowtoys to produce illuminated props for flow artists in 2004. Since 2005, Sean has been an organizer and workshop instructor for Firedrums – the largest US flow arts gathering.

“I have always been drawn to the fluid movement of inspired object manipulation and dance, and to the sorts of people who tend to pursue it. They are a disproportionately great group of people, with open minds and open hearts, not afraid to look foolish, keen to look awesome, and to share, to teach and to learn. I have dedicated my life’s work to enabling people to find their flow in movement, with props, and it has made life awesome for me, and everyone I know.

Since 1998 I have traveled the world as a flow-arts performer, meeting others and finding communities everywhere. Even before the proliferation of videos on the Internet, this artform had evolved globally. It is universal, it is ancient, it is the future, and its growth is my passion.”

History

Flow Arts communities and the Inspiration behind the Fund:

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) 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.

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.

About the Fund

Fund the Flow Arts is a US-based nonprofit organization established in 2011 to present and promote the Flow Arts globally.

  • The Fund aims to advance the prop manipulation-based Flow Arts.
  • The Fund also seeks to foster local Flow Arts communities and cultivate the development of a global community of Flow Arts practitioners.

In pursuit of these goals, the Fund engages in activities that:

  • Support emerging and established Flow Arts communities
  • Present and showcase the artform to the public
  • Make the artform accessible to a wide range of people
  • Advance the evolution of the Flow Arts 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.