GiveBIG 2021: Big Success!

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The days are warmer, the nights are shorter, and this spring sunshine is putting a pep in our step! As we inch ever closer to being able to host events in person again, the work behind the scenes continues to ramp up. We’re learning all kinds of new tricks, like how to host a donation campaign, how to apply for park permits, and the best places to source orders for things like 50 pairs of sock poi.

Is it hard work? Sure. Is it also incredibly fun? Yes!!!

Here’s a bit more about what we’ve been up to since our last update.

Last week’s superstar was our donation campaign, hosted in conjunction with GiveBIG, which supports nonprofits all over Washington State. We set a goal to raise $1,000 to help buy props and supplies for our upcoming programs. Even more exciting, our Board of Directors was able to offer a matching program for all donations up to our initial goal.

All together, we ended up raising $1,874 from our community. With the match from our Board, that’s almost $3,000 in total funds raised through this campaign.

THANK YOU!!!

We are humbled and inspired by such a strong show of support from our community, and we hope that you can feel our gratitude.

If you’re the kind of person who wants to receive gratitude expressed in the form of fun events, keep reading.

What’s Next

As the weather warms up and vaccination rates rise, we are transitioning back to hosting in-person events. We are so excited to see your (masked) faces again! The first in-person FlowShop will be on May 25th, and the first Spin Jam will be on May 29th. Both events will be hosted at Volunteer Park, but that may shift throughout the summer so stay sharp! Interested in teaching? We’re always accepting instructor applications.

In addition to these beloved staples, we are also thrilled to announce a brand new program: Flow Arts in the Park! We’re still hammering out the details, but these events will feature a small performance, a beginner class, and time to jam and play together. We’ll be exploring parks all over town, with an emphasis on reaching communities of color and people who haven’t experienced flow arts before. We are beginning to book instructors and performers, and always need volunteers to help out at our booth – get in touch at hello@seattleflowarts.org if you’d like more information!

Last but most certainly not least: the light at the end of the tunnel is here, and it’s in the form of a community fire jam! It has been far too many moons, but permitting policies, volunteer bandwidth, and COVID conditions have finally aligned. We can already smell the white gas! Stay tuned to this space and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get more details on the where and when.

We will be asking all attendees to follow COVID safety precautions including mask-wearing and social distancing at our events. A more detailed safety policy will be available online prior to each event, and will also be posted at the event.

As we get ready to see people we haven’t laid eyes on in many months, please remember to be conscientious about other people’s boundaries and to ask before hugging, touching, or using somebody’s props. Thanks in advance for doing your part to help support our community.

That’s all she wrote! Well, that’s all we wrote – teamwork makes the dream work and this blog was written collaboratively between several authors and editors. If you’re interested in joining our team of awesome volunteers by writing a blog, volunteering at one of our upcoming events, or sharing your skillset behind the scenes, send us an email! You can reach us at hello@seattleflowarts.org.

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