Social Circus bridges the gap in programming for youth between 18 and 29 years old through running free weekly drop-in circus workshops as well as one seasonal intensive program with the objective of creating a performance, for which performers will be paid. Social Circus is lucky enough to be funded by Cirque du Monde and the Manitoba Arts Council and is run in partnership with WE24, RaY, and the Rainbow Resource Centre.
The program creates collaborative and inclusive workshops that relay both circus techniques and life skills to participants including trust-building, communication, cooperation, negotiation, teamwork, self-confidence, self-awareness, resilience, collaboration, problem-solving, conflict resolution, creativity and healthy risk-taking in a non-competitive environment.
Social Circus builds a safe place where participants explore relationships to complex issues such as colonization, identity, trauma, culture, and resilience through circus arts. With time, we also hope to have older youth become assistant circus instructors and eventually circus instructors creating cross-generational mentorship which will work to pass on cultural knowledge and traditions as well as positive influences relating to issues such as healthy relationships, self-care, confidence, empowerment, and resiliency.