Circus Arts as a Medium for Social Good
Circus arts are an ideal social medium. Whether one excels in strength, balance, dexterity, coordination or possesses other skill sets, success can be found among the Circus arts. Success results in confidence. Confidence leads to higher aspirations.
Circus arts also can be employed to bridge cultural, religious or other gaps between individuals and various societal factions. While individual skills are necessary and rewarded, Circus arts often require intense teamwork. Teamwork builds trust and appreciation for others. Trust and appreciation for others leads to acceptance of differences.
Social Circus programs in Africa, North and South America, and Europe exemplify the success of using Circus arts as a medium for building trust, changing perspectives, increasing confidence and other life skills. No discussion of social circus would be complete without mentioning the Cirque du Monde project of Cirque du Soleil Having celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2010, Cirque du Monde reaches at-risk children and young adults in more than 50 locations around the world.
The Fédération Mondiale du Cirque strongly supports the increasingly popular use of circus arts to reach youth and others who are marginalized and/or at risk, to contribute to social harmony in a culturally diverse world, and to promote social justice. It produced a booklet to highlight a few inspiring examples.