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… where youth of all backgrounds and abilities come to experience collaboration and creativity.
… where an exciting circus arts program stimulates an authentic exchange of ideas and friendship.
… where our community is introduced to the joy and energy of circus arts lending an essential and unique element to the rich canvas of Western Australia’s creative and cultural output.
… where specialised programs extend accessibility to people of all abilities and transform and empower individuals and communities.
… where aspiring performers can enjoy a welcoming and inclusive environment to showcase their artistic endeavours.
Last year we began a two year campaign with a $55,000 ambition over two years. We successfully raised $30k which has supported the growth of our youth programs. This year we hope to build on that momentum and raise the next $25k (or more if possible) to continue our mission of creating social and cultural outcomes through our circus programs.
Our income streams from government funding, ticket sales and tuition fees are crucial to delivering our programs, yet this is not enough to cover the cost of expanding our programs to meet growing demand.
We invite you to support our young artists and help secure our future through our circus revolution.
Since 2017, our training and development centre has been in the Freo Big Top in the east end of Fremantle. Co-located with DADAA – a centre for artists with disability – and next door to Fremantle’s iconic Clancy’s pub – which showcases talented musicians and supports the live music industry – CircusWA is contributing to a flourishing new creative hub in Fremantle.
Today, we are a training and performance organisation promoting excellence, inclusion and innovation in circus arts.
With community at our core, each year we engage approximately 400 students in our training programs and over the years we have helped thousands of young people develop into confident, healthy individuals who have gone on to pursue exciting careers.
Our achievements to date are in no small part thanks to generous government and philanthropic partnerships. This support is essential to our creative output and survival. We are proud of the strong partnerships we’ve formed that are enabling us to develop programs with great impact.
Over the next five years we are implementing a suite of strategies to grow our organisation responsibly so we can continue to make a lasting impact in our community. We will develop our advocacy role alongside the sector and strive to create a strong voice for circus arts in our state while engaging nationally with youth and circus groups.
A dynamic and transformative physical arts program helping young people with disability to reach their full potential by engaging in arts and developing cultural ability.
A circus and dance training program for Aboriginal youth and children in Armadale that teaches circus skills and physical theatre, while embedding cultural knowledge through Noongar dance and language.
Empowering young circus students to develop performance and physical theatre skills with annual programs that offer opportunities to engage with guest artists, perform new works and tour to other circus centres around Australia.
Our circus arts training programs Circus? You Can! and Level Up Academy are transformative circus and performing arts programs designed for children and youth living with disabilities. Participants engage in comprehensive weekly circus classes, specialised choreography workshops for diverse body types, and captivating performances in clowning and physical theatre.
The primary objective is to empower young individuals with disabilities, providing them a platform to develop circus skills and explore artistic potential.
With a focus on ‘circus for all’, the circus training program aims to amplify wellness, learning, and fun for all ages and levels of ability.
Together we grow
In partnership with the Noongar led Champion Centre in Armadale, we are delivering a circus and dance training program to Aboriginal youth that encourages a connection to Country and culture through art, music, dance and stories.
Guiding this program is Aboriginal contemporary dance artist, Moopa (Ian) Wilkes, supported by circus trainers who are trained in Social Circus. Together this creative team is infusing circus arts with Aboriginal culture to actively nurture and grow understanding and awareness of Aboriginal arts and culture.
Community and kinship are at the heart of this program. It recognises leadership within the Aboriginal community and supports Aboriginal people to be in key roles – program managers, circus and dance trainers, and elders.
Together we are offering the building blocks on which the Noongar community can nurture the next generation of Aboriginal artists and cultural leaders.
Together we are community
We are offering young people an abundance of opportunities to be a part of their community and helping to ensure that they are physically, mentally and emotionally happy.
Young people are our future.
We nurture the ability to inspire awe and wonder.
To equip our young artists to cultivate new skills, expertise and leadership, inspire creative expression, and put imaginations to work.
With the support of Healthway’s Act Belong Commit message, our underlying focus is on ensuring youth understand the importance of their mental wellbeing to sustain physical health and creativity.
Together we create
The launch of these programs has been made possible through one-off government grants, however ongoing annual funding is required to allow future planning and growth. So we are turning to the generosity of our community to help us maintain the delivery of these important youth initiatives.
If our programs and the impact they are making resonate with you, please support us and make CircusWA’s progress and impact a part of your own legacy.
Your support will help to ensure that emerging young artists of all backgrounds and abilities can participate in a dynamic circus journey here in WA.
Donations over $2 to CircusWA via our giving platform at the Australian Cultural Fund are tax deductible.
ONE DONATION. TWICE THE IMPACT
To kick start our campaign, thanks to the support of a few generous donors, every dollar donated will be matched up to $12,000.
CircusWA acknowledges the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation are the spiritual and cultural birdiyangara (custodians) of the land upon which we train, create and perform.
Fremantle is Walyalup, sited on the banks of the Derbal Yerrigan. We recognise this land was never ceded and acknowledge our first people’s continuing connection to boodja (land), kayep (waters) and Noongar culture.
We pay respect to our Elders past and present.