Peace Through Pyramids: Puerto Rico
St. Louis’ Social Circus Unites Children from the Heartland and an Island for One Inspiring Tour
Racial divides, natural disasters, poverty… many issues can devastate a community. One of the greatest needs in the face of these overwhelming challenges is hope – young people especially need to feel that there is a way to get to a better and higher place.
Circus Harmony, St. Louis’ only social circus organization, has been using circus arts to bring hope and motivate social change since 2001. Through its Peace Through Pyramids program, the organization has worked toward building bridges between communities in the St. Louis area and around the world by uniting children through circus arts. After successful Peace Through Pyramids collaborations in Ferguson and Israel, Circus Harmony is excited to announce that it will partner with The National School of Circus of Puerto Rico (ENC) for a cultural exchange July 3-17, 2018 in Puerto Rico.
The ENC is a non-profit founded in 2014, that like Circus Harmony, provides professional training for future circus performers and delivers social circus community workshops for the social transformation of young people at risk. This exchange will unite members of Circus Harmony’s St. Louis Arches, an acrobatic troupe of children from various neighborhoods throughout the city, with the children of ENC’s Social Circus project in Dorado, one of the neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017.
In this Peace through Pyramids partnership, the two troupes of young people will work together, learn from each other and create a show to bring some much-needed joy and entertainment to communities who were among those most impacted by the disaster including Dorado, Corozal, Naranjito, Comerío, and Morovis.
“Circus Harmony is one of the foremost practitioners of social circus, a growing intervention tool use to foster personal and social development in at-risk youth,” said Jessica Hentoff, artistic and executive director of Circus Harmony. “Our Peace Through Pyramids partnership with the Galilee Circus in Israel and between children in different neighborhoods in St. Louis have helped children reach new heights physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. We are excited to add a partnership with the young people in Puerto Rico! We believe building pyramids with people is a great way to build bridges between communities!”
Fundraising events for the project will be announced in the next few weeks, but anyone interested in helping to support this inspirational endeavor may contact Circus Harmony at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 314-436-7676 or just donate HERE!