SARASOTA, FL – The Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC) has recently benefited from eight significant grants from area foundations; the funding is already positively impacting the CAC’s youth education, circus arts training, and overall performance programs.
Three grants have been awarded in supported of the unique science curriculum developed by the CAC. The curriculum utilizes circus arts activities to demonstrate Newtonian Laws of Motion and incorporates the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and access. This is the only such curriculum certified by the Florida Department of Education. It has proven highly effective over eight years, with circus science students scoring 96% passing grades on state assessment science tests, as compared to state average scores of 65%.
A $20,000 grant through the Eugene F. and Elizabeth Hull Fund and Bishop-Parker Foundations Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation (MCF) is currently supporting the circus science program for K-5th grade students at Myakka Elementary, Bayshore Elementary, and Manatee Elementary schools. A $3,000 grant from the Rotary Club of Sarasota Bay Foundation is currently funding the science curriculum for approximately 200 fifth-grade students at Brentwood and Wilkinson Elementary schools, both of which are Title I schools. Additionally, a $5,000 recurring grant from the Venice Golf & Country Club Foundation is producing indisputable learning gains for South County middle school science students.
The CAC’s premiere youth circus arts training program is delivered through its Sailor Circus Academy at the recently-renovated Sailor Circus Arena. Two sustaining scholarship grants totaling $11,000 have been received from The Island Foundation and The Kiwanis Club of Siesta Key Foundation to help Sailor Circus Academy students develop both life and performance skills. Two additional major grants from The William H. Donner Foundation ($20,000) and The Exchange ($10,000) are underwriting the Sailor Circus holiday show as well as capital improvements at the Sailor Circus Arena.
Gulf Coast Community Foundation has awarded the CAC a $40,000 Arts Appreciation Grant, the second year the CAC has received this grant. This funding, which is made possible through the Ina L. Donnan Field of Interest Fund and the Venice Endowment Fund, is intended to further CAC’s mission across all program and performance areas.
The Circus Arts Conservatory is grateful to these grantors as well as the hundreds of individuals, organizations, businesses and grant makers in the community for their tremendous support of the CAC. For more information, visit circusarts.org.
About Circus Arts Conservatory
The mission of the Circus Arts Conservatory is to engage and educate students using unique and innovative learning programs; to measurably improve the quality of life for individuals in care facilities; and to advance the extraordinary legacy and heritage of the circus. The CAC is home to world-class performances, excellence in training the circus arts, and community-based education and humor therapy outreach programs. Visit CircusArts.org or call (941) 355-9335.