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Grant Manager Sought by Pones Inc.

The Grant Manager supports the mission of Pones by seeking funding which allows the organization to enact its mission of providing artistic opportunities for community growth by creating engaging new ways for audiences to experience dance. Funding sources include the full range of local, regional, state, and national sources, across both government and private sectors. Examples of recent and ongoing grantors include the Kentucky Arts Council, ArtsWave, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, the Charles H. Dater Foundation, the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation, and Horizon Funds of Northern Kentucky. For specific details on Pones productions and programs, please visit www.pones.org.

Required Skills:

  • Basic skills in grant research, data collection, record keeping, and narrative/persuasive writing
  • Excellent grammar and written communication skills
  • Strong research skills, organization, self-motivation, and attention to detail
  • A general knowledge of arts funding landscape and a commitment to diversity and inclusion

The ideal candidate will also have knowledge of Pones programming, structure, budget, competi-
tive landscape, and other company details relevant to grant research, writing, and reporting.


  • Research funding opportunities which appropriately fit the mission and programs of Pones
  • Draf and submit grant applications/proposals according to funder guidelines, in collaboration with the Executive Director, program staff, and board treasurer
  • Maintain an up-to-date list of grant application and report due dates and ensure timelines are met
  • Maintain required/appropriate statistical, narrative, and budget data for follow-up reporting, in collaboration with the Executive Director, program staff, and board treasurer
  • Draf and submit grant reports/evaluations according to funder guidelines, in collaboration with the Executive Director, program staff, and board treasurer
  • Establish and nurture personal contact and relationships with funders and program officers, in collaboration with the Executive Director and Pones board members
  • Meet with the Executive Director as needed to enhance understanding of the mission, vision, programs, and needs of the organization
  • Update the Pones Board of Directors and Executive Director on progress via periodic attendance at board meetings or other appropriate correspondence
  • Attend staff meeting every other month for 2 hours (October, Dec, Feb, April, June, Aug)
  • Attend applicable networking/professional development events on behalf of Pones
  • Execute additional projects/duties as mutually agreed upon with the Executive Director

Hours: Hours are flexible, and most tasks for this position can be performed remotely via digital
communication. Pones can accommodate nearly any schedule and is seeking 20-29 hours per
month, including weekly check-ins, starting as early as October 2021.

Pay: $20-$25 an hour based on applicant!s experience, with potential for increases as merited
during periodic reviews and approved by the Board of Directors; 6-month minimum commitment

Pones is committed to fostering a culture of anti-racism and inclusion in all areas of its work. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives and life experiences to the team are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply, send a resume and short example of grant writing to Kim Popa at kim@pones.org, with
the subject “Grant Manager – [Your Last Name]”.

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MOVE Announced by Pones

PONES_logoPones dancers use our bodies to speak our minds. Right now, people are gathering in Cincinnati and around the world to protest for justice and change. But there’s more than one way to put your body on the front lines. We believe dance can be a powerful tool to amplify and explore this collective outcry — therefore, we are creating a platform for Performances & Collaborations, titled MOVE. This program will harness Pones’ 12-year history of creating art for social justice to facilitate and fund the work that independent artists need to share, now.

Experience MOVE
The first installment of MOVE is centered around BIPOC (black, Indigenous and people of color) communities and artists. It will consist of 6 dance-infused works by BIPOC actors, spoken word artists, musicians and dancers, including current and former students of SCPA School of Creative & Performing Arts. The pieces will be performed live, in public between June 17 and July 31, with a focus on including residents and areas that are directly affected by the current protests. Performances are free and open to the public. It is important to us that these works be experienced live, due to the visceral responses that live performances elicit, and the connections that are possible when we share space as a community. Because of this, we recommend bringing a protective mask to experience these performances during COVID-19. More information about the performances in this installment will be released when available at pones.org. Confirmed lineup includes:

“Say Their Names”
Wednesday, June 17th
6:30pm: Washington Park
7:00pm: Fountain Square
7:30pm: Freedom Center / The Banks
(The piece is approx. 10 minutes long)
Featuring: Burgess Byrd, Darnell Pierre Benjamin, Montez Uma, Ashley Olivia Danger Morton, Nyjul Byrd, and Ernaisja Curry

In 2016, Pones collaborated with Michael Burnham on a dance/spoken word piece performed beneath the mural that memorializes the death of our planet’s last living carrier pigeon. Now it’s 2020 and here we are, again, mourning the loss of precious lives, knowing for sure we can’t dance away our pain, hoping our pain will guide us to a better future. We refuse to forget. We vow to move forward.

“Of Nina”
Date/Time/Location TBA
A new work by spoken word artist/mover Teisha Murray featuring Pones dancers, Chantee Jordan, Carroll Wallace, and Apria Celine. The piece is an Homage to Nina Simone, and is a commentary on the dangers of celebrating oneself, when that self is not celebrated by society at large. To boldly take center stage while also navigating the parts of you that have been imitated or fetishised by that very same society. And to do so without apology.

A Call for Creatives
This will not be the only installment of the MOVE program — it will become an ongoing forum for artists to be paid to create work surrounding social justice issues. Proposals for future creations are accepted on an ongoing basis — submit your proposal here: https://forms.gle/i3eGPd1eeMBdZdN59

How You Can Help
Sponsors for this program are being sought — if you are able to help Pones amplify voices, donate here or contact Kim Popa at kim@ponesinc.com.

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CFF_PlaceSetting promoPLACE/SETTING
Part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival ’17
1201 Main

Written and co-directed by Caitlin McWethy
Choreographed and co-directed by Kimberly Christine-Marie Popa
Guest choreographers: Mandie Reiber, Courtney Paige & Jameson Gastón

Cast: Kimberly Christine-Marie Popa, Ian Timothy Forsgren, Glenda Figueiredo, Ashley Olivia Danger Morton, Darnell Pierre Benjamin, Domonique Trader, Cecilia Padilla, Jules Shumate, Scooben Von Duben, Lormarev Jones, Marquise Deshaune Howie, Hannah Gregory & Jyreika J. Evelyn Guest

Food – it connects us all. But, where is your seat at the table? Performers from Pones Inc., visual artist Pam Kravetz, and documentarian, Ian Forsgen invite you to sit down, share a meal and discover stories of local immigrants around our table. This fast-paced piece changes from family dinner to art gallery, cooking show to dance. PLACE/SETTING breaks down barriers, diffuses stereotypes, cultivates empathy and challenges us to explore ideas of belonging and home.

  • Thu, June 1 at 7pm
  • Sat, June 3 at 25pm
  • Tue, June 6 at 9pm
  • Fri, June 9 at 6:30pm
  • Sat, June 10 at 8:30pm

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Pones Shares Stories of Cincinnati Immigrants through Performance

CFF_PlaceSetting promoCINCINNATI, OH– Pones is known for using unconventional methods to tackle difficult social themes. You may recall the company’s 2014 award-winning Fringe Festival production Traffick which addressed the topic of human trafficking by stripping the audience of traditional theatre etiquette and delivering highly-evocative creative pieces in a dark church. For its tenth Fringe Festival production, Pones addresses the current political climate by sharing stories of fellow Cincinnatians to help build understanding and bridge divides in PLACE/SETTING.

Food – it connects us all. But, where is your seat at the table?

Performers from Pones, visual artist Pam Kravetz, and documentarian, Ian Forsgen invite you to sit down, share a meal and discover stories of local immigrants around our table.

This fast-paced piece changes from family dinner to art gallery, cooking show to dance. PLACE/SETTING breaks down barriers, diffuses stereotypes, cultivates empathy and challenges us to explore ideas of belonging and home. In February and March, Pones hosted four workshops with 14 immigrants from around the world, who now call Cincinnati home. Led by the artistic team and community organizer, Dan Joyner, these workshops involved story harvesting, deep learning, and, of course, the sharing of food.

Audience members will play a role in the show, as they sit at a Judy Chicago-inspired table, set with ceramic pieces created by 12 local ceramicists, including Didem Mert, Melissa Molasses, Carla Lamb,and Katie Swartz. In typical Pones fashion, we are not solely creating a dance show. Spoken word artist, Jyreika Guest will be joining the cast from Chicago; local musician Ian Gullet has composed an original piece using recorded language from around the globe; and the show involves 3 actors, 9 dancers, 4 choreographers, 1 playwright, and a documentary video. Each course is another story that prompts conversation, leaving the audience with a callto-action to start dialogue on social issues currently alive in the city.


  • Thursday, June 1st 7-8:00pm
  • Saturday, June 3rd 3-4:00pm
  • Tuesday, June 6th 9-10:00pm
  • Thursday, June 8th 7-8:00pm
  • Saturday, June 10th 8:30-9:30pm

Show length: 60 minutes

WHERE: 1201 Main Street, Cincinnati, Ohio

TICKETS: For passes visit http://www.cincyfringe.com/tickets/. Individual show tickets go on sale in May.

Pones provides artistic opportunities for community growth by creating engaging new ways for audiences to experience dance. Founded in 2008, Pones has collaborated with over 200 artists and 100 art and service organizations.The company creates site-specific performances through a fusion of movement and dance with other art forms. Pones performers use their bodies to speak their minds and use their signature pedestrian-inspired movement to spark collaboration, connection, and community.
Pones believes that art creates powerful change. www.ponesinc.com

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Two Male Dancers Needed for DIRTY DANCING! Live at Pones Inc.

Pones logoPerformances:

  • Sunday, February 12th from 4:40-7:00pm (film starts at 5:15pm) @ Eastgate Brew and View (158 seats)
  • Sunday, February 26th from 4:40-7:00pm (film starts at 5:15pm) @ Kenwood Theatre (175 or 299 seats)


  • TBD based on availability (2-3 total)


  • $60/dancer + parking comped + 2 movie passes

Please e-mail kim@ponesinc.com by 12/24 if interested.

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