Big Apple Circus Brings After-School Program to NYC Kids

Big Apple Circus Brings After-School Program to NYC Kids

The Big Apple Circus now offers its Circus After School program at Children of Promise NYC and The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine. 

Young people and education have been a part of the Big Apple Circus since it was founded in 1977, reflecting the appeal the circus arts has for children from all walks of life. As part of its sustained commitment to educational programming, the circus is expanding its Circus After School program to include two new partnerships with Children of Promise NYC, a community-based, nonprofit organization in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn with the mission of embracing the children of incarcerated parents and empowering them to break the cycle of involvement in the criminal justice system, and The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine, an independent, Episcopal, kindergarten to eighth grade day school for boys and girls of all faiths.

Circus After School is a 12-week program that provides children with the opportunity to develop skills such as teamwork, trust, commitment, and responsible risk-taking while learning and performing circus arts. The program, which is now offered at five partner sites in New York, culminates in a performance for family and friends, and all participants take a field trip to see a Big Apple Circus performance, where they can appreciate what they have learned by watching some of the world’s top performers.

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As a nonprofit, the Big Apple Circus aims to thrill audiences in the ring as well as bring the joy and wonder of the circus to the community through its other community programs, which are held in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools: Clown Care, Circus of the Senses, and Circus for All.


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