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December 2016

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Dear Friends,

People are talking about how divided America is. This photo was taken in Ferguson, Missouri, the day after the U.S. presidential election. It is from our Peace Through Pyramids project. This is part of what we do using circus arts to promote social change. We teach beyond tolerance to acceptance and appreciation.

Our programs help individual children to find their own power. We help young women to be strong, young men to be graceful and everyone to work together. We help our children make their own labels instead of being seen by society’s labels put on them because of their race, religion, neighborhood or diagnosis.

This summer, our Israeli Peace Through Pyramids partner, the Jewish/Arab Galilee Circus was here with us taking our message of diversity, unity and the strong, graceful power of children around St. Louis. This fall, one of our students got to perform at the White House and the Kennedy Center! We give children incredible opportunities! This year, Circus Harmony was named one of 17 Circuses Changing the World by Buzzfeed.. It is hard for some people to understand how being part of a youth circus can be a life changing experience. But it has been for many of these young people.  In the words of one alumnus, “The circus didn’t change my life, it saved my life!”

Currently, we have alumni working around the world. We offer 27 classes at City Museum and are working at 10 off-site locations. We help over 1,600 people a year defy gravity through Circus Harmony and TrapezeSTL, our flying trapeze center. As a non-profit, we are proud to say that 60% of our income is earned through shows and classes. We are honored and grateful that the National Endowment for the Arts, Regional Arts Commission, Missouri Arts Council, and other organizations support our work.  But as a small grassroots organization, we also rely on community support..

Circus Harmony is a year round program. Many of our students come from families that do not have the means to support their children’s participation. Can you help? $250 gives a child one class for one semester. $450 gives a child a two week intensive summer camp experience. $1,250 gives a year of circus training to an intermediate level student. $3,000 covers the cost of a year of advanced training, $9450 covers a year of training for one St. Louis Arch. Your generous support gives much more than circus classes, you give children the opportunity to meet and work with people from different backgrounds, to be creative, to mentor, to be mentored, to develop confidence, and to develop the ability to exercise trust and responsibility in ways that are not available to them anywhere else.       

For Harmony,  

Jessica Hentoff

Artistic/Executive Director, Circus Harmony

 

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