We recognize that the persistent inequities pervasive in American society have made access to circus training inherently difficult for members of historically marginalized groups, particularly Black, Indigenous, People of Color. Our studio is located in a predominantly white, affluent neighborhood of Seattle, further exacerbating this issue and limiting entry to folks outside of that group.

We believe wholeheartedly in the transformative benefits of circus as an art form, physical practice, and community. This scholarship aims to make circus training available to those who have been historically excluded, and to benefit the VA community as a whole by addressing a lack of diverse engagement.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this scholarship you must identify as a person of color and be located in the greater Seattle area. There are 2 youth (11-18) scholarships and 2 adult scholarships available for a 6 month (3 session) term each year. Each recipient will be entitled to up to 2 classes per session Adults will also receive an open gym membership. Recipients must be able to attend the majority of their classes per session. Aerial experience is not required, but a desire to learn is.

Applications will be reviewed by a person of color and judged by any combination of qualities including drive, passion, dedication, & desire to learn/participate.

Submissions for the January – June 2022 session will be accepted from Nov. 15th – Dec. 7th 2021. Recipients will be notified before registration begins, on or before Dec. 13th 2021

You can access the application in written form here: https://forms.gle/iwaXbDFt7FENhRk7A

Hear the application read aloud here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZBFoA-Gmmncbeh1XWV8Bm7-Ev05BOdNz/view?usp=sharing

Submissions will be accepted in both written or video format. Please only submit once in one format. There is no preference of one over the other.

Contact lindsay@versatilearts.net with any questions.