Circus Center

For General Operating Support

  • Amount
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
  • Term
    24 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Organization
Circus Center was founded by the iconic Pickle Family Circus in 1984, and has established itself as a pillar in circus arts training on the West Coast, with instruction from an international roster of teachers in acrobatics, trapeze, aerial arts, clowning, and juggling for professional and pre-professional performers. Circus Center presents free performances throughout the year at its uniquely suited facility—constructed in 1929 as the boy’s gym of Polytechnic High School, across the street from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park—featuring students, instructors, and community members. Circus Center’s youth camps foster health and discipline through circus arts traditions, and the organization intends to launch a cabaret series to showcase and foster the careers of adult performers. A grant to Circus Center will support its efforts to build operational capacity, increase enrollment, and extend scholarship opportunities for youth.
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755 Frederick Street, San Francisco, CA, 94117-2755, United States
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for general operating support  
Circus Center provides training in circus arts from some of the most renowned circus performers in the world to people of all ages and all levels of experience. The organization annually engages more than 7,000 people through classes taught in its San Francisco complex, and reaches an additional 10,000 through performance programs and showcases. After almost closing its doors in 2010, Circus Center has new administrative and board leadership and a vibrant recreational program. With renewed support the organization plans to increase contributed resources, develop an outreach program, and re-institute its professional performance troupe.
for general operating support  
Circus Center preserves circus arts through training, performances, and outreach programs. Circus Center offers classes to professional, pre-professional, and recreational youth and adult students. The organization’s classes include clowning, contortion, acrobatics, juggling, and trapeze, as well as strength and flexibility. The organization also serves more than 60 mostly low-income children in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood with free circus arts education. Circus Center’s programs reach more than 8,000 people each year. This grant to Circus Center supports the Performing Arts Program’s Arts Education strategy through the Program Delivery component.

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