Folly Tree Arboretum Dancing Tree Award

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Application closed till fall

The Folly Tree Arboretum is excited to announce the Dancing Tree Award for Unorthodox Environmental Projects. Folly Tree Arboretum will award $1500 to an existing finished work or project that embodies a novel strategy for communicating environmental awareness.

We are devoted to the idea that environmental change is achieved not only through political action, but also through compelling storytelling. How to communicate the scale, immediacy, impact and paths of action in regards to ecological and environmental crises is one of the most pressing issues of our time. This award aims to promote new voices and new ways of cultural production that are optimistic in approach and counter to prevailing trends of hopelessness and inaction. We will award projects that articulate the complexity of our relationship to the natural world in ways that are hopeful, inspiring, humorous, risky, exciting, wacky, provocative, weird, experimental, playful, irreverent or unexpectedly effective. The FTA Dancing Tree Award acknowledges work that can show us all an exuberant way forward in the face of seemingly impossible ecological challenges.

Who Can Apply?

Anyone! Everyone! You can even apply for someone else! Collaborative teams may apply.

One award will be given to one project, so award funds must be split by teams & collaborators.

We encourage artists from any field and background to apply with finished works they feel may relate to this theme even if loosely or abstractly.

Existing completed projects from any of these fields and beyond may apply:

films / videos, sculptures / installation, paintings / drawings / prints, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, design, architecture, creative marketing / advertisement, fashion, craft, new media, social practice, memes, web art, software, games, sports, bio-art, food, music, dance, theater, performance, engineering, activism, landscape design, farming, care-giving, teaching, gardening, etc.

  1. Contact info, including name of awardee(s), email(s), and phone number(s)
  2. Title of Project
  3. 250 word abstract describing your existing project as clearly and concretely as possible.
  4. Link to the work or uploaded documentation that you feel best represents the work.

Please direct any questions to Please note that we may not be able to answer questions prior to the deadline after January 30th