CSAW: When Financial Barriers Don’t Exist, Magic Happens

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CSAW: When Financial Barriers Don’t Exist, Magic Happens

When you fund the projects and ideas of circus artists of color, not only do you help them reach new levels of their craft, but you also help build a bridge that they can cross to be able to inspire others and reach uncharted territories that they may have never imagined. With its Micro and Tuition Grant Programs for American Circus Artists of Color, the nonprofit CSAW—Connecting Circus Students Around the World—is working to do just that. These grant programs have now awarded over $25,000 in funds to BIPOC circus artists, helping them to cross over into the next chapter of their circus careers and ambitions by eliminating financial barriers. ...
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Chisama Ku Penn

Chisama Ku is the CSAW Administrator from Atlanta, GA. She has taught and performed on the pole and teaches pole and flexibility classes. During the pandemic she began training on aerial rope. Chisama Ku has extensive experience as an Arts Administrator working with non-profit music and dance organizations, from the Atlanta Dance & Music Academy to the Baryshnikov Arts Center in Hell’s Kitchen. Her passion lies in making all aspects of the performing arts more accessible for students of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds, and believes that money should never be a barrier. She hopes to help broaden the conversation on who is allowed to be considered a circus artist. Chisama Ku joined the CSAW Team in July 2021 to help manage the second CSAW Fundraiser and is now an administrator with the organization.