Kinetic Fire: Ryan Whistles Scholarship Award
Every once in a great while, our community encounters a soul that pushes everyone they meet to new heights through positivity and exemplary leadership. When these rare gems enter our world, we must count ourselves lucky to know them. We lost one of these shining souls, Ryan Richard Allen, affectionately known as “Whistles”. In his memory, we have created the Ryan “Whistles” Allen Scholarship Award. We would like to honor those in our circles who uplift and support the community. We invite you to nominate anyone who you believe exemplifies the spirit of Kinetic Fire and flow arts community activism for the award. The Kinetic board of directors will select one nominee via vote to receive a ticket to the event, sleeping accommodations at the event, and a $100 travel stipend, and a ticket for the person who nominated the recipient of the award.

Ryan brought an intangible energy to those he worked with, and he quickly found his way onto the Kinetic Fire organizational team in roles that included both Media and Logistics. The community at large took note, and Whistles was brought on board with our sister event, FireDrums, as the logistics organizer as well. Always there to lend a hand, even if it meant sacrificing his own time, Whistles seemed almost superhuman. Without complaining or lamenting, he brought those around him closer to their goals in any way he could, for the sheer sake of doing it, and truly exemplified the spirit of Kinetic Fire.

While returning home from Kinetic Fire 2014, Ryan was hit and killed in an automobile accident, leaving behind his parents, siblings, and his son Gavin, not to mention a network of flow arts community that spanned the nation. To say that our community was devastated would be a gross understatement. After 2 years have passed, we are now able to recognize how truly blessed our community was to have him, even if his time was cut short. He inspired lasting changes in many who now dedicate themselves to continuing that same positive growth.

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