Vermont Arts Council

Request for Proposals: *snap* First Person Arts Festival

The Flynn is committed to using the arts to build connections and strengthen communities. We are launching *snap* to celebrate the power of first-person narratives across disciplines because we believe everyone has stories to tell and that sharing these stories teaches empathy by allowing us to recognize commonalities and learn about each other’s unique experiences.
From January 18-20, 2024, the Flynn celebrates the power of storytelling and solo performance with a weekend-long festival that includes workshops and solo performances by professional and emerging artists.
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Through a series of performances and workshops, we will create a dialogue between performers and the audience and provide opportunities for the community to join and support the conversation. Performances will include meaningful time for questions and thoughts from the audience. Our expectation is that performers listen to audience feedback and have it shape their work, and that our audiences develops a deeper understanding of this important art form.

All writers, poets, rappers, storytellers, and other solo performers from New England and New York are invited to apply and submit a proposal for a performance to be showcased in the 2024 inaugural *snap* First Person Arts Festival. Selected works will be performed by the artist and told from the first-person perspective. We are interested in stories about your experience told from your perspective. One artist who performs at the 2024 festival will be invited to serve as the festival’s first artist in residence.**

**The *snap* residency program will be tailored specifically for the artist selected taking into consideration: geographic location, type of work they seek to develop, and best methodologies of support the Flynn can offer for their success.

Artists and projects will be chosen based on the following criteria

  • The work you submit illuminates your unique perspective.
  • Works must be new, original, and must not be previously produced: This festival offers the opportunity to showcase a piece that has not yet been performed in front of an audience. Scripts or the equivalent must be submitted as part of this application.
  • You will be performing your own work and will perform it with no other performers.
  • Your piece must be written and performed in the first person.
  • Performance length will be approximately 20 minutes: The performance may be a complete work, or a section of a longer work.


  • An honorarium of $500 will be provided.
  • Accommodations will be provided for the duration of the festival.
  • Up to $200 in travel costs will be reimbursed.
  • The Flynn will cover the production costs of the festival including stage labor, sound equipment, security, ushers, and box office. All final production costs and expenses will be decided by the Flynn at its discretion. This festival is primarily about the development of a new work and requests involving other production elements (set, lights, costumes, etc.) may not always be accommodated.
  • The Flynn will actively market and publicize the festival and the public showing of your work on January 20, 2024 in Flynn Space.
  • Your work may be selected for further development with an invitation to serve as an artist in residence.


  • September 20 – October 31, 2023: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Final date to submit an application is Thursday, October 31, 2023.
  • A brief in-person or zoom interview will be scheduled as part of the selection process.
  • Proposals will be chosen by the Flynn and a panel of judges.
  • Artists will be informed of their acceptance no later than December 15, 2023.
  • The *snap* First Person Arts Festival takes place January 18–20, 2024 with performance of new works on January 20, 2024.


The festival will take place at the Flynn from January 18–20, 2024. The performance of your 20-minute piece will be on January 20, 2024 in Flynn Space.

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