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.

Wise Fool hosting Community Conversation

Wise Fool hosting Community Conversation

The Edge of Equity: Community Conversations about Development without Displacement

Santa Fe is facing a housing and equity crisis. Our high cost of living is forcing many people to move farther to the outskirts of the city, often to areas that lack essential services and amenities. This can lead to car dependence, contributing to climate change and perpetuating a cycle of poverty. As Santa Fe continues along this path, we're becoming increasingly segregated and divided, leaving many Santa Feans feeling we must choose between disinvestment and displacement.
Santa Fe is better than that!
Join us for community conversations every other Tuesday starting in January to explore the roots of these problems and find solutions together.

 

Wise Fool New Mexico is collaborating with Chainbreaker Collective and other local organizations to bring this critical discussion to our community. Conversations on Santa Fe's housing and equity crisis and how to create development without displacement will be held every other Tuesday, starting January 9th with Health Without Displacement.

 

Community Conversation Dates:

Health Without Displacement

Tuesday, January 9

Santa Fe Community Foundation, 501 Halona St.

 

Education Without Displacement

Tuesday, January 23

Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Rd

 

Art Without Displacement

Tuesday, February 6

Wise Fool New Mexico, 1131 Siler Rd. Suite B

 

Investment Without Displacement

Tuesday, February 20

Jean Cocteau, 418 Montezuma Ave

Afterschool & Weekend Classes for youth 4 – 18!

Afterschool & Weekend Classes for youth 4 – 18!

Registration is now open for our spring session of weekend and afterschool classes for youth ages 4 – 18! All classes except youth aerials include instruction in aerial fabric, trapeze, stilt-walking, clowning, unicycling, juggling, acrobatics & more! Click here for more information about cost, registration and tuition assistance.

Questions? Email studio@wisefoolnm.org or call Ilana at (505) 310-9723

Spring 2018 Session Runs January 16 – April 23rd

  • NEW! Tween/Teen Circus Foundations: youth ages 11- 16, Sundays 4:30 – 6pm
  • Wee Kids for Pre-K, Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm (runs on 2 6-week sessions)
  • Wee Kids for Kinder/1st, Tuesdays or Fridays 3:30 – 4:30pm (runs on 2 6-week sessions)
  • Circus Exploration for grades 2nd – 6th, Mondays or Wednesdays 3:30 – 5pm (runs on 2 6-week sessions)
  • Take it to the Stage for grades 3rd – 7th, Tuesdays AND Thursdays, 3:30 – 5pm
  • Youth Aerials for ages 7 – 13; runs on an ongoing basis, Saturdays 10 – 11:30. (come on in, drop-ins welcome! Check the studio calendar to see when classes are happening)

Registration for ELEVATE!

Registration for ELEVATE!

ELEVATE! 2-week circus intensive. January 6-20th, 2018.

Earlybird registration now open! ELEVATE is a co-ed “circus boot-camp” for adults of all ages (15-80+), genders, and skill levels. This two-week camp takes place at Wise Fool Studio in Santa Fe. Perfect for those with a 9-5 job, the focus of ELEVATE is personal fitness through circus skills in a supportive, challenging, and gender equal environment.

By the end of the two weeks you'll become familiar with: Aerial Fabric, Trapeze, Partner Acrobatics, Stilts, Object manipulation, Clowning, Unicycling, Handstands and Flexibility. Raise your perceptions of what’s possible and get your workout off the ground at ELEVATE!  Students receive 30 hours of circus skills instruction. No previous experience required! All levels welcome!

Work trade and tuition assistance available.

New Years Eve Weekend: Wise Fool’s Holiday Circus Cabaret!

New Years Eve Weekend: Wise Fool’s Holiday Circus Cabaret!

Holiday Cabaret at Wise Fool's studio: 1131-B Siler Road, Santa Fe, NM

Showtimes: Saturday, December 30th at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Sunday, December 31st at 4:00 pm

Admission: Adults $20, Kids (12 and under) $5, Sliding scale starting at $10

Enter the magical world of Wise Fool with your family this holiday season. If you missed the wonders and joy of our annual Circus Luminous this year, or if you just can't get enough, here's another chance to delve into the delights of circus with Wise Fool!

Wise Fool's annual Holiday Circus Cabaret is suitable for all ages. Performance includes trapeze, aerial fabric, puppetry, acrobatics and clown acts created by Wise Fool's own teachers, students, and performers.

ABOUT WISE FOOL:

Wise Fool New Mexico is a nonprofit theatre arts project created and staffed by local women artists with a passion for creating the world we envision through the arts. It is Wise Fool’s mission to ignite imagination, build community, and promote social justice through performances and hands-on experiences in the arts of circus, puppetry, and theatre.

Wise Fool New Mexico: "Changing Lives One Circus at a Time!"

Wise Fool New Mexico is hiring!

Wise Fool New Mexico is hiring!

We are hiring an Office Coordinator and a Youth Outreach Coordinator. Positions may be combined or applied individually. Applications accepted until Thursday, January 4th, 2018. Position start date is February 1, 2018 or when filled.

TO APPLY: Please email cover letter and resume including all relevant work experience, technical and computer skills to Managing Director, mdirector@wisefoolnm.org

Wise Fool presents Circus Luminous!

Wise Fool presents Circus Luminous!

Circus Luminous, Wise Fool’s annual production, is hitting the stage on Thanksgiving weekend! Featuring many Wise Fool teachers and past performers, this is a family show not to be missed.

Friday, November 24th at 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 25th at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Sunday, November 26th at 4:00 pm

Tickets available online at the Lensic box office or visit the Lensic theater at 211 W. San Francisco Street in Santa Fe, NM

PHONE-A-THON UPDATES: Answer the Call to Lift Up Wise Fool!

PHONE-A-THON UPDATES: Answer the Call to Lift Up Wise Fool!

On Tuesday, October 17th, you will have the power to lift Wise Fool up and take our work to the next level.

Morris, our Head Clown, is hosting our first ever Phone-A-Thon, and we have a $10,000 match from a generous donor!

This means that if you answer our call and donate, even $5, every dollar you donate will be matched by another dollar from a donor who wants to see our community show up for Wise Fool, the way that Wise Fool shows up for our community.

And, it’s going to be fun! We’ll be on Facebook Live doing tricks for each donation.

Our Teen Troupe members, teachers, Board Members and other friends will be calling folks from 5 – 7pm. Will you answer our call?

If every student or family who’s taken a class at Wise Fool this year can donate even $10-$20, we’ll meet our whole match. No amount is too small, but each donation sends a message to our larger donors that Wise Fool matters to the community it serves.

Your support will help Wise Fool continue to provide all the awesome programs and shows that empower individuals and strengthen our community.