The new American Circus Alliance launches a survey
A group of American circus practitioners urges participation to an economic impact survey of American circus during the COVID-19 crisis.
A group of American circus practitioners has come together during the pandemic to found a service and advocacy organization by and for the people involved with the production and presentation of American circus. The organization, called the American Circus Alliance (ACA), is an all-volunteer group representing a broad spectrum of circus genres from classical to contemporary, including theatrical, outdoors, tented, and even virtual. The group is in the process of filing for not-for-profit status, and has spent much time during pandemic shut down putting the nuts and bolts of the organization together in preparation for a formal launch in Spring, 2021.
Even before the launch, they undertake a preliminary economic impact survey of American circus during the COVID-19 crisis. Composed of just five key questions, the survey should take only minutes to fill out, and will lay a foundation for what the ACA can do to help the circus art form in the United States. Residents of the USA, or Americans who are working or touring abroad, or living temporarily abroad are invited to complete the survey.
Board Secretary Ariele Ebacher, a wire walker formerly with the Big Apple Circus and No Fit State Circus, urged participation, saying “This survey will provide crucial information on how the pandemic has adversely affected the circus performance industry and will help as we advocate for support on a national level.” The group intends to participate in the nationwide Be An Arts Hero advocacy campaign on April 22nd.
You'll soon we able to visit ACA's new website at www.americancircusalliance.org.