CSAW MICROGRANTS FOR U.S. CIRCUS ARTISTS OF COLOR
November is a very special month for our Microgrant program! We will be giving out TWO $1,000 Microgrants this month - one for emerging circus artists between the ages of 14 and 21 and one for artists 21 & Over! This is in hopes of helping younger circus folx not have to compete for this grant with established professionals.
Eligibility for a CSAW Microgrant for US Circus Artists of Color is limited to people of color who are citizens, resident aliens, or permanent residents of the United States looking to further their education in circus or fund their circus related projects. All applicants must be 14 years or older to apply for and receive a Microgrant.
For this Microgrant program, CSAW will be following a broad definition of Circus Artists of Color which encompasses all who identify in part or in whole as non-white persons.
A Microgrant may be applied for and used to pay for circus-related expenses, including but not limited to the following: recreational circus classes, travel and housing accommodations for auditions, application fees, tuition payments, equipment, props, private lessons, show creation, venue fees, and other educational or project related fees.
PREVIOUS CSAW MICROGRANT RECIPIENTS
October 2020 - Kyran Walton
Kyran Walton will be using the CSAW Microgrant toward his tuition
Kyran was raised in St. Louis Missouri and has been a very energetic child since he could walk. He played a few sports before the age 8 but none of them were engaging enough for him. Circus Harmony performed at his school around the time that he was 8 and he immediately begged his mom to sign him up for classes. Since then Kyran has been in the circus for 11 years now along with dancing for 6 of those years. Around age 11, Kyran was made a member of the circus Harmony’s advanced troupe : the St. Louis Arches. During the next 7 years, Kyran became fairly advanced in Contortion, Hand-balancing, juggling, Acrobatics, Trapeze, Unicycle, wire, Banquine, hand to hand. Over these 11 years Kyran performed in over 1000 shows from St. Louis to Monte Carlo, Israel, Puerto Rico, New Orleans Jazz fest, Washington D.C, New York and many more.
Ever since he was 13 years old, Kyran dreamt of going to Ecole National De Cirque in Montreal. When he was 18, he auditioned, and luckily got in. Kyran is currently in his second year specializing in Hand to Hand which combines all his favorite disciplines (Hand-balancing, Acrobatics, Contortion). Kyran is very happy to have made it this far thanks to support from his family and his circus family. Outside of Circus, Kyran enjoys Filming, Photography, sleeping, and questioning the unquestioned.
September 2020 - Abigail Williams
Abigail Williams is a Dancer, Aerialist, Aerial Instructor, and Producer based in NYC. She will be using the CSAW Microgrants for training and travel expenses as well as for her production company SHOWTIME! We'll be keeping up with Abigail and how she uses the grant and you can too! Follow @superflybrowngirl on Instagram.
Born in Miami, Florida, Abigail begun her performing arts training and took an active role within the community at a young age. After graduating in the spring of 2014 from Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Fl with a B.A. in Theatre Performance and a minor in Dance, she relocated to New York City where she worked as a studio apprentice at the Ailey Extension Department of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Body & Pole. Living in NYC afforded Abigail many opportunities to connect, collaborate, and create with various local artists and choreographers. Through her time as an apprentice at Body and Pole, Abigail developed a deep love and passion for the circus, specifically Aerial. She trained on various apparatuses and became proficient on Lyra (Aerial Hoop) and Single Point Hammock. It wasn’t long before she was performing Aerial all over the city.
Along with gracing more than a few stages within the city, Abigail has also produced several small stage productions. Showtime: An Urban Circus, done in partnership with her team members of Showtime NYC (Donna Carnow and Mariangela Ciccone), is production featuring local performers with skills varying from vocalists and musicians, to contortion, aerialists, pole performers, dancers etc. “Showtime” features the best talent that the city has to offer, all the while telling the stories that are indicative of New York and the people who live there and ride the subway.
Abigail is working on a few artistic projects and collaborations that will be taking shape in the near future.
FINANCIAL BARRIES SURVEY - NOW CLOSED
CSAW (Connecting Circus Students Around the World) is working toward making more scholarships and financial aid availabe for circus schools. Research is the first step toward making that happen. Please read the description below and fill out the survey if it applies to you:
CSAW (Connecting Circus Students Around the World) is committed to taking action against racism to ensure equality and inclusion in the future of circus arts. To aid in future projects, we are collecting data and ask you to take a moment to fill out the following survey.
This survey is for circus artists in the United States who are currently enrolled in or are planning to enroll in a professional or higher education circus program. This includes circus artists enrolling in or planning to enroll in preparatory programs, and circus schools outside of the United States. Please only fill out this form once.