It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing that due to the COVID world we are living in, that our dreams for opening a new circus training facility in San Francisco must be deferred. We are not clear how large training spaces will evolve, and we’ve had to focus on staying afloat ourselves, without taking on the huge and unpredictable risks of opening a new business.

 

We still hold true to our initial vision of creating spaces that promote and support acrobatic and performance arts, in a way that provides affordable access to all genders, races, physical abilities and sexual orientations without discrimination. The way we achieve this may just look a little different going forward. We plan to still work together as a team on circus collaboration projects, and because of the very generous donations from our community, we have some funds that we would like to disperse back into this mission and our SF community.

 

If you have an idea, know of a project, or are part of a grand adventure that could use funding. . .we want your ideas! We ask that these projects fit the following criteria: circus related, SF-based (or Bay Area, but preference will be for SF), must support marginalized groups or individuals, ideally something that is currently active (vs. a maybe project that potentially will start in 5+ years). Here is a form to submit your requests. We will be granting donations on a rolling basis, and likely the funds won’t last much longer than the end of the year, so let us know sooner vs later.

 

Some ideas we currently have on our list to evaluate (to give you an idea:  

  • Sponsor circus classes/scholarships for POC youth

  • Aerial festival 2022 (possible option to sponsor an artistic act for POC performer)

  • Kinetic Arts/Prescott teacher training (teens; circus arts and leadership skills for POC)

  • Artist residency (e.g., Zaccho)

  • Bayview/Hunters Point outreach program connecting neighborhood kids with circus

  • POC festival (we need folks to plan this one!)

  • Circus Bella, Zaccho, Prescott (other NPO circus/performance arts related orgs in SF/Bay Area)

  • Partnership with American Indian Cultural District for youth programs/workshops

  • 7 Fingers (exploring discounted tickets we could provide to marginalized youth)

 

In the meantime, we hope to stay in touch! You can find Dominik holding court at SF Circus Center; Sarah at Prescott, Kinetic Arts, and building her psychotherapy practice; Teri busy raising a budding circus artist of her own, a 2 ½ year old with a future in hoop diving; Ariel excited to get back into some training of her own and teaching weekly handstand classes online.