BUILDING UP Beats Goal - Thank You!

Great news - BUILDING UP made our goal! Final tally: you and your fellow circus lovers helped us raise $25,800!

THANK YOU, from the bottom of our hearts, for all your support.

Over the past few years, we've been able to make major enhancements in every space in our building. For example - a bigger stage, an aerial truss, and new mats in the Theater. An expansion and new flooring in both the Green Room and Trapeze Room. A new flying trapeze net and even more needed equipment across all our departments. All of this has made training and performing at Circus Center even better, and it was all thanks to support from you, our community.

And now, because of BUILDING UP, just look at what you've made possible:
  • New floor mats for the Main Gym
  • Permanent performance lighting to make gym shows easier and cheaper
  • Restuffed and repaired crash pads
  • Vital roof repairs to protect our building this winter
  • New flooring for the Lobby
But that's not all. By supporting BUILDING UP and these vital improvements, you helped us take the last big step we needed to create a regular community event, $5 Friday, where anyone can come and experience the unique joys of circus arts in this special place. Thank you for being a part of BUILDING UP, and helping us take care of our home and build our community.

A special thanks to all our $5 Friday Founders:

A Dad, A Dancer, A Community Member, Adam Broidy, Alicia, Ambar, Andres Lin Fan, Anh Ho, Audrey Chaing, Audrey Penven, Aurora Soria, Barbara Shapiro, Barry Kendall & Mirit Cohen, Benjamin Lee, Bijal Shah & Doug Shipman, Cameron Hempstead, Chris Sporl, Christine Lee, Colleen Richey, David Reiley, Derek Bosch, Eli Bishop, Erin Cooney, Hilary Heuer, J Midori Kobayashi, J. Nanjo, Jacob Markman, Jeff Sensabaugh, Jeffrey Rissman, Jennifer DiBrienza & Jesse Dorogusker, Joan Pinder & Robert Hempstead, Jonas Sicking, Karin Sinavsky, Katherine Lang, Kathy Boussina, Katia Fuchs, Kim Minnick, Kimber Lockhart & Ben Trombley, Kristin Urquiza, Kristine Cannon, Laura Catena, Lemuel Haham, Leonardo Harris, Lindsay Tyson, Marina Vaserman, Marty Combs, Melissa Graviss, Mia Roy, Michael King, Mike & Betsy Dallape, Mikey G, Morgan Livingston, Natalie Quan, The Orzen Family, Robert Hart, Robin Berry, Selma Greenberg, Steve Smith, The Stull Family, Tricia Bruhns, Yun-Yun Wong, ZivWang Family, Zan Armstrong, and all our Anonymous donors - thank you!

Thank you for supporting Circus Center, in all the ways you do. We are so excited to make these vital improvements and launch $5 Fridays this October.

Keep an eye on our blog and newsletter for updates on the results on the campaign, and see you at the first $5 Friday!

By the way, it's never too late to support Circus Center - just visit www.circuscenter.org/donate. 

And if you want to see how we celebrated BUILDING UP with some pie...just click here.

Clown Conservatory Awarded NEA Grant

We are so proud to announce that Clown Conservatory, Circus Center's unique multidisciplinary training program for aspiring professional clowns, has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts!

This grant represents recognition at the very highest level of this program that is setting the standard for New American Clowning. Under Director Sara Moore's brilliant leadership, Clown Conservatory is maintaining its 17-year tradition of rigorous, comprehensive instruction and preparation for the aspiring professional clown. At the same time, Sara and her top-notch faculty are constantly innovating, pushing the art of clowning forward into new media and a new era.

I could not be prouder of Sara and her team. Frankly, I think she’s a genius.

The future of funny is right here. Want to be part of it? It's not too late to apply to join the class of 2017-18. Click here for all the details.

Don't Miss the $5 Friday Beta Community Event Friday 6/16!

This Friday, June 16, try something new and get a peek at what $5 Fridays will look like in the fall! All are invited - friends and family welcome.

Experience all kinds of circus activities at a fun family-friendly event: a $5 swing on San Francisco's only permanent flying trapeze, juggling, diabolo, plate spinning, and more, and a flying trapeze show by the Circus Center Flyers!

$5 Friday Beta Community Event
June 16, 2017
6:30-9:30PM
Circus Center
Admission $5: All proceeds will benefit BUILDING UP
More info and RSVP on Facebook here


All proceeds from this event will support BUILDING UP and our vital second goal: making roof repairs to keep you, our students, equipment, and future $5 Friday attendees safe and dry during the next rainy season. Read more about our progress and goals for BUILDING UP and $5 Friday here.

BUILDING UP is currently at $20,797 - that's beaten our first goal, and over 58% of the way to our roof repairs! If you can, please consider helping us raise the remaining $4,202 we need by making a gift to BUILDING UP today. Thank you, and see you this Friday!