The Social Circus Network will promote collective action among its members, including further research into the potential for circus programming to move the needle on key outcomes, such as the ability to survive childhood trauma, improvements in high school graduation rates and teens’ ability to make positive choices for their own lives.
The Network will also provide advice and training for Social Circus programs and engage with funders on a national scale to grow existing programs and launch new programs in urban centers where no program exists. Anik Couture, Head of Community Relations for Cirque du Soleil, says “We are delighted to have been able to support this initiative financially and as advisors. Cirque du Soleil supports the growth of Social Circus around the world with great effect and we are excited to see this work take hold in the USA”.
The programs receiving recognition at the launch of the network are:
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus After School Program, Hudson, NY (contact Stephanie Monseu Tel: (718) 963-2918) www.bindlestiff.org/education/cirkusafterschool/
CircEsteem, Chicago, IL (contact Main Office Tel: (773) 732-4564) www.CircEsteem.org
Circus Harmony, St Louis, MO (contact Jessica Hentoff Tel: (314) 4367676) www.circusharmony.org
Circus of Hope, Austin, TX (contact Jay Gibson Tel: (512) 906-6036) www.circusofhope.org
Circus Mojo / Institute of Social Circus and Vocational Training Center, Ludlow, KY (contactPaul Miller Tel: (800) 381-TADA) www.circusmojo.com
Circus Smirkus Ringmaster Residencies, Greensboro, VT (contact Ed LeClair Tel: (802) 533-7443) www.smirkus.org
Circo Social Puerto/Educare, Doraville Dorado, Puerto Rico (contact Glorimar Sierra (787) 678-7103) www.educarepr.com
Fern Street Circus, San Diego CA (contact John Highkin Tel: (619) 3202055) www.fernstreetcircus.com
International School of Louisiana Circus Arts Program, New Orleans, LA (contact Meret Ryhiner Tel: (228) 342-3938) www.isledu.org
My Nose Turns Red, Cincinnati, OH (contact Steve Roenker Tel: (859) 581-7100) www.mynoseturnsred.org
Prescott Circus Theatre, Oakland, CA (contact David Hunt Tel: (510) 967-0355) www.prescottcircus.org