FYI Vol. II, No. 4

Circus Harmony Wins Funding for Flying Center.

Circus Harmony has announced that it is the big winner in the YouthBridge Social Enterprise and Innovation Competition sponsored by Washington University’s Skandalaris Center for Entrepeneurial Studies.   Washington University, by the way, is located in Circus Harmony’s hometown of St. Louis, Missouri.  The circus came away with a record award totaling $60,000.  It will be used to fund the circus’ new Flying Trapeze Center, which,when opened, will be St. Louis’ only such installation.  Income from the proposed center will be used to fund a circus shuttle bus to provide transportation  for any of the city’s children who have no other means of getting to Circus Harmony and its array of circus skill classes.   The Flying Trapeze Center is expected to open in the fall of 2013.

Circus Harmony’s Spring Culmination Shows will be held at the circus’ ring on the third floor of City Museum on May 10 and 11.  Later, the St. Louis Arches, Circus Harmony’s performance troupe will be featured in the coming production of Circus Flora which runs from May 30 to June 24.


Circus Mojo Continues to Break New Ground

Circus Mojo, the innovative youth circus founded by Paul Miller in Ludlow, Kentucky, will stage the first ever International Collegiate Circus Festival, May 3-5 at its home in the Ludlow Theatre, Ludlow, KY.   Added to participants already announced in the previous issue are the Flight Club of Bloomington, Illinois, the Kibera Social Circus of Narobi, Kenya, Africa. and the Hidung Merah Circus of Jakarata, Indonesia.

The festival’s opening night will be devoted to a welcoming party.  On Saturday, May 4, the participants will stage two circus performances, a matinee and evening show, which will be open to the public for a small admission fee. Sunday, May 5, will be taken up with a variety of workshops, including one offered byOmar Fuentes of Mexico’s Circo Callejero, adding a bit more international flavor.  In addition there will be a job fair, with opportunities for volunteerism and enployment from agencies located in the Ludlow area.  Circus Mojo itself will be looking to hire college aged talent in a variety of areas including performance, photography, videographics, community outreach, hospitality and office help.  Some of the international companies will be interviewing for prospective volunteers in positions overseas.

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The State of Maine and Hamid Circus Disagree Over Elephant  Importation

Depending on who you listen to, circus elephants are welcome in the state of Maine, or they are not.  Jim Hamid, Jr. the producer of a Shrine circus in three Maine cities had his elephant Nosey denied entry into the state.  The official reason given by state authorities was that the elephant did not have the proper TB test taken in the last twelve months.  According to Hamid the USDA no longer uses the required  test and it is, therefore, no longer available.  The result, according to Hamid, is that “Maine is saying no more elephants are allowed in the state.”  Not so according to state veternarian Michele Walsh, who claims the test is available, and “elephants are welcome in the state of Maine if they meet our criteria for importation.”   They must have one of two required tests done within the past twelve months.  The concern is that elephants infected with TB can spread the disease to humans.