Warehouse Circus Inc.
Warehouse Circus is a not for profit community organisation that has been providing Canberra and surrounding areas with artistic, social and health benefits since 1990. In the 2009/2010 financial year, Warehouse Circus taught circus skills and performance techniques to approximately 120 young people in regular weekly classes and participated in 33 performances. Through those performances Warehouse Circus engaged more than 8,000 people.
Warehouse Circus also provided school programs to approximately 800 young people and one-off workshops to around 130 people at community festivals and events. Warehouse Circus works in partnership with several other community organisations in Canberra to provide circus training as a medium to engage youth at risk, such as the Belconnen Community Centres Bungee program, with Rotary running programs in the Bimberri Youth Justice Centre, and also provide subsidised school programs for schools that seek to engage our services for their at-risk programs.
Warehouse Circus encourages healthy lifestyle choices and self expression through circus arts. All of Warehouse Circus programs have proven social benefits. Through the programs Warehouse Circus aims to empower young people to participate in their own personal and social development. Warehouse Circus provides young people with role models, solid friendships, and life skills such as self esteem, facing fears, taking responsibility and leadership. Research and parental feedback indicates that these skills strongly influence other areas of the young peoples’ lives in positive ways.
Being a youth circus that focuses on community participation as well as artistic excellence requires us to have dedicated staff with a diverse range of skills, a high insurance premium, and lots of space in which to provide these services. We propose to use funds raised via Hands Across Canberra to support our core business, including subsidising places for young people that require financial assistance to be able to participate, and to enable us to continue to deliver our subsidised schools program.
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