In 2013, an incredible group of supporters came together to turn a loose bunch of high-flying, juggling, hooping, German wheeling ruffians into a unified collective of circus artists. Together we created the Madison Circus Space, a non-profit, 24-hour center for circus artists. Thank you! You helped get a roof over our heads and even sprung wood floors under our feet!
Since then, we have grown -- a LOT. And now we need your support once again for a project that's even more amazing!
Like too many clowns in a telephone booth, we have outgrown our original beloved warehouse. Classes carry waitlists, groups compete for space, and performances sell out. Our facility was torn down, but we now have the opportunity to raise funds for a new(!!), permanent(!!), custom-built (!!) structure on Madison's near east side. This is BIG NEWS. In the entire country, there are fewer than half a dozen facilities specifically built for circus arts, so this will put us on the map as a national and international training and teaching destination. We have already purchased the land and designed the building, but we need YOU to help fill it up!
Although federal funding for circus and performance arts is common in Europe and Canada, it's almost impossible to come by in the United States. Over the past six years, we've proven that our community loves circus. We've introduced new activities to thousands of students, spawned five national champions in wheel gymnastics, and provided a platform for several new small business owners who can now train, teach, and perform for a living. We believe that circus is for everyone, and we aim to help every single person who walks through our doors believe that they are strong, capable, and worthy...
... but we can't do that without some basics. And that's where you come in.
Our new building will give us some tremendous opportunities. With 10,000 square feet and 36-foot ceilings, we can have:
- Flying trapeze!
- Trampoline training!
- Instruction in disciplines never before seen at the circus space like Russian bar, teeterboard, hand to hand, tightrope, and hoop diving!
- A rigging, truss, and pulley system replacing the single pulley in our old space. More pulleys means smoother act-to-act transitions during shows, easy height changes during classes, and minimal ladder usage, making things safer for all students and instructors!
- A mirrored dance studio!
- A matted area for kids' classes!
- Larger, more elaborate shows!
- Shorter wait lines because we have more bathrooms!! Plus even a shower!
- A spotting belt system!
- A greater variety of mats to explore more skills!
We're asking supporters to help us fill our space. Right now, we have a literal shell of a building and nothing else. It's great for practicing your yodeling but not yet suitable for anyone to do circus in. But it could become a place of legend (legend, legend, legend...) We can picture it -- and we know you can, too! The supplies and equipment we need total much more than $25,000, so we have set our goal amount low here in hopes that we'll surpass it and you'll keep donating until our building is fit to fly! PLEASE help us fill our beautiful new building with good vibes, safe equipment, and an awesome sense of community right from the start.
We understand that many of you don't live in Madison and may never get to see our space in person. However, our mission is not only to support local artists but also to spread circus as far and wide as possible through our work. By helping us fill our space, you will also be enabling us to host more guest instructors, launch more careers, and serve as a home base for many more traveling coaches, artists, and students. In short, we hope and trust that our work and our new space will affect all circus supporters in some way at some point -- and we are so happy to be able to count all of you as part of our circus family. THANK YOU for your help! It truly means the world to us.
Risks and challenges
Currently we're trying to raise more than $1,000,000 in a capital campaign to build our brand spanking new circus space. We're on our way, but we're not there yet. Our hope is to raise the remaining amount by May 2019. One risk is that despite the hard work of tons of volunteers and supporters, we won't meet our May goal. That means we may have to take out larger loans and make sacrifices on the project. However, the funds raised from this page will get us some of the rigging, mats, and other equipment we need when we are able to move in and practice.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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