The National Endowment for the Arts Circus Town Hall

When: 05/07/2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wednesday, July 5 / Washington DC

The National Endowment for the Arts opens its doors to the Circus.

The NEA hasn’t formally acknowledged Circus as an art form, nor does it have grant categories that specifically include it. Many new circuses are not-for-orifut arts organizations, relying on funding outside the traditional mode of ticket and concessions sales and for income. A growing advocacy movement, typified by Circus Now and individuals from many organizations, has finally gotten the ear of the NEA.

Among the invitees, who will be speaking before the NEA are circus owners, academics, historians, presenters, and producers. Voices from the sectors of traditional, contemporary, and social / youth circus will be heard, on diverse topics, including:

Social Change Through Circus Arts
Creating a Path to Success for Circus Artist and Presenters
Physical Comedy as Performance Art
The State of Circus Arts in 2017
Highbrow, Lowbrow, Nobrow: Circus as Art Now and Tomorrow ( with Bindlestiff count-founder Stephanie Monseu and BFC Board Member / Big Apple Circus co-founder Paul Binder

We’ll keep you posted on this historic and important sit-down during the second week of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival!