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.


The BIPOC CIRCUS ARTIST FINANCIAL AID project is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of BIPOC CIRCUS ARTIST FINANCIAL AID must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Donate now at Fractured Atlas!

All donated funds go toward tuition and training costs for our scholarship students.



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.

Watch this space for details about the application process for the July-Dec 2022 term.

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.