Honoring Mental Health Month & Early Career Circus Artists

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Honoring Mental Health Month with a Micro-grant for Early Career Circus Artists

Lynsey Wyatt wanted to do something helpful and creative during the pandemic, so she created the COVID-19 Mircrogrant for Early Career Circus Artists. As an early career circus artist herself specializing in aerial silks and partner acrobatics, she understood the need. As owner of Cirqulation Aerial Arts & Acrobatics in Roanoke, VA. Wyatt says she firmly believes that circus arts can be harnessed to empower communities and advance the causes of equity and mental health.
Microgrant creator Lynsey Wyatt Wyatt explained how the genesis for the microgrant developed from a disappointing cancellation, “Before COVID-19 hit, I was working with Lisa Linger, founder of  Mental Health in Motion and a dear friend and collaborator, on a show that provides a window into the often invisible experiences of those living with mental illness through empathy-evoking visual experiences of modern and aerial dance. While it was disappointing to have to put the show on hold, I still wanted to find a way to honor mental health month.” “I also felt a strong desire to stay connected to the global circus community at a time...
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Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell has written about circus for CircusTalk.News, Spectacle magazine, Circus Now, Circus Promoters and was a resident for Circus Stories, Le Cirque Vu Par with En Piste in 2015 at the Montreal Completement Cirque Festival. They are the former editor of CircusTalk.News, American Circus Educators magazine, as well as a staff writer for the web publication Third Coast Review, where they write about circus, theatre, arts and culture. Kim is a member of the American Theater Critics Association.