The Circus Barn, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   19 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Sports

Location: 1 Circus Rd Greensboro VT 05841 USA

Mission: The mission of Circus Smirkus is to promote the skills, culture, and traditions of the traveling circus and to inspire youth to engage in life enhancing adventures in the circus arts. Smirkus’s vision for the future includes national and international recognition as an organization that offers the highest quality performance and education programs in the traditional circus arts, with an emphasis on providing the opportunity for young people to live up to their potential and transform their lives through participation in circus.
Geographic areas served: Northeastern United States
Programs: In-School Residencies, Smirkus Summer Camp, The Big Top Tour
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 23-7352665
802-533-7443
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Rating: 5 stars  

Our experience with Rick and Circus Smirkus was outstanding. Rick was able work with a multi-age group and keep all the students invested in the circus experience. All of the students thoroughly enjoyed the program and the teachers were able incorporate the circus theme in all subject areas. It was a individual confidence builder, developed the students large and fine motor skills as well as team cooperation. I highly recommend Rick and the Circus Smirkus program. Coleen Healy Director Southshire Community School

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the value the students, the teachers and the parents gained from it.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The smiles on all the students faces as they were developing their skills.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a huge difference in education with administrators, teachers and students to work cooperatively and take risks learning new skills.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We have had TWO Circus Smirkus residencies at our school in five years -- if that doesn't speak volumes about the quality of this program, I don't know what does! Circus Smirkus takes students to a whole new level of learning. We find that our students are actually more focussed in their classes during a two week residency in which they practice for up to 50 minutes every day. Teachers were at first worried about lost class time, but quickly discovered the time they had was more productive AND the opportunities for integrating circus arts into most areas of the curriculum were unlimited. The thrill of watching a child persevere at a skill until they are able to perform it in front of an enthusiastic audience is unmatched. I could go on for pages with accolades for this organization. We will book them again to work with our students!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

our school with 80 students. Personnel from The Circus Barn in the person of Mr. Rick worked with our students over a two week period of time to produce a circus of extraordinary pizazz!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the extraordinary quality of Mr. Rick, the artist who works with our children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

highly skilled, compassionate and organized. This was a residency that practically ran itself.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help bring a very different form of learning into more schools around the country.

Ways to make it better...

it had lasted longer. I would seriously consider a much longer residency, perhaps booked in conjunction with a couple other schools.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding! The cost of a residency is a lot for most schools. Any help to allow them to reduce their fees so more schools could experience this incredible form of learning.

One thing I'd also say is that...

our students learned not only about circus arts, they also learned about the power they each hold within themselves to accomplish unbelievable things if they stick with it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Circus Smirkus is a reason to restore anyone's faith in humanity. Their Big Top Tour comes to Merriconeag Waldorf School in Freeport, Maine and provides inspiration and beautiful entertainment to the greater Portland community. We welcome children--in-need from organizations like Make-a-Wish and take Smirkus Troupers to the local children's hospital, thus taking the joy of the Circus far beyond the ring. Smirkus is a fantastic organization and we absolutely love working with them to bring such amazing talent and good will into our community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with such helpful, committed professionals on the Smirkus Staff and with the joyful, talented, young performers who are great Ambassadors for their generation

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world through community outreach and amazing talent!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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