Summer Wheels Festival!

Summer Wheels Festival!

Join us at Wise Fool Studio on June 24th from 4:30 to 7:15pm as part of the Summer Wheels Festival!

Free Circus Shows every hour & "Try It Yourself" Circus Open House.

PLUS: Frito Pie and Bake Sale to raise funds for the Wise Fool Teens to attend the first National Social Circus Exchange in Chicago this August!!

Join us for dazzling circus spectacle outdoors in the parking lot and inside our studio!

Try your hand at circus skills like unicycling and juggling taught by our teens and professional coaches!

All activities FREE for all ages

Click HERE for more information about the full event.

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Wise Fool is Hiring!

Wise Fool is Hiring!

Wise Fool is looking for a few folks to join our crew! Are you passionate about Wise Fool's social justice mission and do you have skills in Communications (including promotions, press, and marketing), Social Media, Fundraising, Human Resources, Office Admin, Technical Direction, and/or Studio/Facilities & Operations management? If so, please send a letter of interest and resume to mdirector@wisefoolnm.org. Wondering why there's no job description? Wise Fool is creating a team-based, strength-based approach to our administrative staffing. Available positions are likely to be part-time.

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BUST! 2018 Performances

BUST! 2018 Performances

Performances by the incredibly talented and dedicated students of the 2018 BUST! circus intensive.

 

BUST! circus performance smashes social barriers while strengthening community! Incredibly dedicated students support each other to new heights of physical and emotional expression through circus arts and transformative storytelling. Come explore notions of strength and watch performers re-envision the world around us and the ways we make art. BUST! students perform partner acrobalance, trapeze, aerial fabric, stilt-walking, clowning, and physical theater! Inspiring us all to overcome our fears, take on individual and societal challenges, and to let our vulnerable, strong, expressive selves shine.

 

Dates:
Friday, July 6th at 7:30pm
Saturday, July 7th, shows at 2pm and 7:30pm

 

Location:
Wise Fool New Mexico
1131-B Siler Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87507

 

Admission:
Adults (Sliding Scale) : $10-$15
Youth (under 12) : $5

Tickets available HERE

 

May contain some adult content.

 

Since 2002, every year we have amazing folks explore circus disciplines in a 7-week intensive workshop. Women, trans*, and gender nonconforming folks of ages 16+ join together to challenge themselves and support each other. Many participants may come to this program with little or no experience in circus or performance, and they work together to create powerful, awe-inspiring, and often hilarious acts that express their own unique, embodied voices.

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Wise Fool is Juggling a lot!

Wise Fool is Juggling a lot!
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Have you ever wanted to learn how to juggle? Of course you have! Now is your chance.

 

To show our appreciation to our community for your amazing support (we are past the halfway point in our $7,500 matching grant fundraiser!!), we will be hosting a special Facebook Live Intro to Juggling tutorial!

 

Tune in Thursday, June 14th at 7:00pm for a 15 minute juggling class that will get you started throwing and then catching and then throwing again more objects than you have hands . . . that's juggling! So grab your computer and three non-breakable objects that fit in your hands (examples include tennis balls or sturdy oranges) and join in!

 

Click HERE to join out juggling Facebook event!

 

Why juggling? Well, Wise Fool is juggling a lot!

 

We’ve grown so much in the past few years, and have stepped up to meet the community demand for our exciting programs. Now a wonderful donor has stepped up with a $7,500 matching grant. Donate now and your gift will be doubled!

 

Your contribution helps us continue to strengthen and lift up our community through circus, puppetry, theater and powerful programming. Thank you!

 

Click HERE to donate today!

 

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Want to learn more juggling? Come to juggling class at Wise Fool, Tuesday evening at 5:30pm.

LAVA Brooklyn presents A Goddessy

LAVA Brooklyn presents A Goddessy

Saturday, May 12th 7pm &  Sunday May 13th 4pm $5 - $15

Feminist acrobatic on tour to Wise Fool! Plus a special opportunity for you to be a part of the show.

LAVA presents A Goddessey, our feminist survival story that journeys through landscapes emotional and geologic carrying a transmuting traveler from a bleak and blurry patriarchal present into a rainbow colored feminist future with the help of ancestors geologic and otherwise. A Goddessey is the synthesis, culmination, and explosion of 15 years of earth-moving feminist acrobatic dance by LAVA.

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

Don't just wanna watch the show? Come be a part of it as well with

FREE Acrobatic Dance & Performance Workshops with LAVA Brooklyn

Sunday May 6th 2 - 5pm  or Wednesday May 9th, 5:30 - 9pm

Visiting performance group LAVA is hosting two FREE workshop in feminist acrobatic dance for adults and youth over 12 years on Sunday May 6th, 2 - 5pm and Wednesday May 9th, 5:30 - 8pm. LAVA performers will share their skills and help participants create a short performance that workshop participants will perform with LAVA at Wise Fool. Participants are welcome to come to either or both workshops.

Participants in the Sunday workshop will perform on Sunday May 13th at 4pm and participants in the Wednesday workshop will perform on Saturday, May 12th at 7pm. All genders and all levels of experience.

Email Sarah@lavabrooklyn.org to sign up

Registration now open for BUST!

Registration now open for BUST!

Join us for this life-changing experience. A seven-week intensive for women, trans* and gender non-conforming folks.

May 19 -July 8th, 2018. An annual program since 2002.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

BUST! is a 7-week intensive that uses:

  • circus disciplines, (aerials, partner acrobatics, stilt walking, object manipulation)
  • physical theater and clowning
  • storytelling, puppetry and art making
  • embodied discussion

as a way to:

  • explore notions of strength and dignity
  • build community
  • examine femininity
  • deconstruct the gender binary, and
  • uncover the richness of our full voices

The intensive is open to all those who self-identify as women, trans* or gender- non conforming. All shapes, sizes, ages (16+), and backgrounds are welcome! Absolutely no circus, athletic or performance experience necessary. Classes take place in the evenings and on Saturdays, May 19th – July 8th.

As a culmination of this journey, students create a show to be performed on July 6th and 7th at the Wise Fool studio. No previous circus experience of any kind is required!!

In order to make the program accessible to as many people as possible, this year the course will be offered on a sliding scale $200 – $900. When you register, you will be asked to pay a $200 deposit and then fill out a questionnaire to determine where you best fit on the sliding scale. In some instances we may be able to provide work trade or full tuition assistance. Please email studio@wisefoolnm.org if the $200 is a barrier to your enrollment.

Summer Camp Registration Now Open for youth ages 6 – 18!

Summer Camp Registration Now Open for youth ages 6 – 18!

Registration now open, and filling up fast for all of our fabulous summer camps. See below for details, or click here to register. Tuition assistance is available, click here to apply. 

Teen Camp

Wise Fool’s newest camp! Teens ages 12 – 18 will get to explore all the circus arts and then pick a couple of disciplines to focus on to perform in a showcase for friends and family at the end of the two weeks. The camp will also include a focus on conditioning, flexibility and performance skills. Camp runs 1:30 – 4:30pm each day.

Wee Kids Camp

One week only, June 19-23, 9am to 1:30pm, Ages 5-6, Cost $250

Wee Kids camp is a half-day camp for youth ages 5 & 6 who want to learn to fly on the trapeze, walk tall on stilts, find their inner clown, make wearable art, and tumble their way into fun! Camp runs from 9am to 1:30pm. Este campamento de medio dia es para ninos de 5 y 6 anos quienes quieren aprender volar en el trapecio, caminar en zancos, encontror su propio payaso, hacer projectos de arte, y aprender acrobacia. El campamento dure de 9am a 1:30pm por una semana.

Summer Camp Session One  (All levels)

July 9-20, 9am to 3:30pm, For students entering 3rd – 7th grade, Cost $550

Ningun experiencia necesario. El campamento va de 9am a 3:30pm, y hay la opcion de quedar hasta 5pm. Se proviene meriendas, pero ninos necesitan llevar su propio almuerzo.

Summer Camp Session Two (Continuing Level)

July 23- August 3, 9am to 3:30pm, for students entered 4th – 8th grade, Cost $550

The second session of Summer Camp is suitable for students entering 4th – 8th who have taken at least one session of summer camp or a session of Afterschool Fools in the last year, or have other previous circus experience.

Este campamento es para ninos de 7 a 12 anos que han tomado o otro sesion de campamento de verano de Wise Fool o que tienen otro experiencia con circo.

What if Serving on a Non-Profit Board was a Radical Experience?

What if Serving on a Non-Profit Board was a Radical Experience?

The Wise Fool Board of Directors is doing something radical: working to dismantle racist structures from the inside out.

Wise Fool’s roots are as a street theatre collective, and its mission is rooted in social justice. But as organizations “grow up”, they face many structural pressures to operate within the dominant American culture that perpetuates inequity. We are pushing back against these pressures because we want to ensure that our ways of working together are true to our mission, and we want our board to build diverse community just as much as our programs do.

At its start, Wise Fool’s Board was a reflection of its social justice mission–centering voices of women, indigenous, and queer people. The current board is determined to rebuild this diversity by including an equal number of POC voices as we grow. Statistics gathered by BoardSource show us that diversity percentages in US boards haven’t changed in over two decades: boards were 86% white in 1994 and 84% white in 2016. These statistics are appalling and addressing board diversity is a critical issue that Wise Fool takes seriously.

Last October, our board members participated in a retreat on Dismantling White Supremacy Culture to look at racial justice within the structural makeup of the organization. We are defining ways to become more aware, accessible, and create a more welcoming space for anyone who would be interested in serving as a board member. We are dedicating every other board meeting to addressing racial justice within the organization and are looking to the broader community in order to identify POC stakeholders and accountability partners who will guide and/or join us on this path.

The Board of Wise Fool has a challenging journey ahead. We know that by keeping our minds and hearts open with continued training, education, dialogue and our commitment to serve our community, we will grow and succeed. As a Board of Directors, we seek to be rooted in social justice, and as diverse as the community that Wise Fool serves.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the Board of Directors of Wise Fool New Mexico, or supporting us on this journey, please contact Wise Fool at mdirector@wisefoolnm.org

Study Shows Wise Fool Social Circus Programs Have Big Impact on Youth

Study Shows Wise Fool Social Circus Programs Have Big Impact on Youth

National Study Shows Positive Impact of Circus Programming on Youth At Risk

Youth in social circus programs across the US are making big leaps in the skills they need to lead productive lives, according to a recently completed study commissioned by the American Youth Circus Organization (AYCO) and conducted by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Effectiveness (CYPE).

 

Take Melvin Diggs, graduate of the St Louis, MO program, Circus Harmony, who says: “Circus didn’t change my life.  It saved my life.”  Diggs grew up expecting to join a gang, deal drugs and face a life of violence. Instead, he found somewhere to belong, to be challenged and to excel. Today, he works professionally performing circus arts and is currently in Cirque du Soleil’s touring show Luzia.  

 

Social Circus is the application of the art and culture of the circus to help address social issues such as social isolation, impact of trauma, violence in communities and lack of access to arts and cultural activity.  Each Social Circus program in the study is a member of the AYCO Social Circus Network. Some, like Prescott Circus Theatre in Oakland, CA focus on elementary school aged children, while others, such as Trenton Circus Squad in Trenton, NJ work primarily with teens.  Each program is carefully designed to meet the needs of participants, and seeks to improve the social and emotional skills that youth need to thrive as adults: knowledge and awareness of emotions; the ability to manage emotions in behavior; the ability to seek help and to help others; and the ability to set and work towards goals.  

 

CYPE conducted the study over nine months and eleven sites, with eight participating organizations. The study showed that youth in these social circus programs made progress in the development of social and emotional skills at the level of other exemplary youth development programs and well ahead of a nonselective group of after school youth programs.

 

Charles Smith, Chief Knowledge Officer at the David P Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality stated the following about the results, “It’s so refreshing to get unambiguous findings in relation to the group of programs in this study. That almost never happens! Our Center has been working for several years on establishing a benchmark for exemplary programs in building social and emotional skills and it’s particularly gratifying to have uncovered a set of programs that are generally performing at this high standard.”

 

The study showed that youth in these social circus programs made positive and substantial progress in the development of social and emotional skills. For example, the percentage of social circus youth struggling to demonstrate self-regulatory skills improved from 53% to only 19% by the end of the program. These impacts were at the level of a comparison group of eight exemplary youth development programs and well ahead of impacts found in a non-selective comparison group of over 350 other after-school youth programs previously studied by CYPE. The lead funders of the study were the James E and Diane W Burke Foundation, and Cirque du Soleil.

 

“The study bears out what practitioners have known for a long time” says Amy Cohen, Executive Director of AYCO, “When it comes to building social and emotional skills in youth, circus works!” While some social circus graduates like Melvin go on to professional careers, that’s not the main aim.  Social circus programs build  a sense of empowerment, tenacity and confidence that helps youth find a positive path and overcome barriers in their lives.  “Social circus promotes creative youth and community development beyond what can be achieved through other sports and arts activities” explains Cohen.

 

The programs participating in the study were:

The David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program empowers education and human service leaders to adapt, implement and bring to scale best-in-class, research-validated quality improvement systems to advance child and youth development. The Center is a division for the Forum for Youth Investment. 734-961-6900 www.cypq.org.

The American Youth Circus Organization (AYCO) promotes the participation of youth in circus arts www.americanyouthcircus.org. Founded in 1998, AYCO supplies the organizing force for youth circus in the USA, and for circus educators through its American Circus Educators branch www.americancircuseducators.org.

 

 

The full study is available here.

A more detailed analysis of why circus works is available here.