Portraits of Inclusion with Craig Quat - Ep.2. Academic Frontiers [Circus Voices Podcast] - CircusTalk

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Portraits of Inclusion with Craig Quat – Ep.2. Academic Frontiers [Circus Voices Podcast]

In this week’s episode, Academic Frontiers, researchers Adam Woolley, Dr. Veronique Richard, and Dr. Dean Kriellaars get together to discuss and share some of their scientific curiosities and thoughts about the beneficial impacts of Circus. 

Guests:

Adam Woolley  was the Creative Outreach Director for the Circadium School of Contemporary Circus in Philadelphia, PA. He’s been a circus coach for the past 10 years, has served on the Board of Directors for the American Circus Educators Association, helped to produce contemporary circus showcases in NYC and Philadelphia and served as an advocate for the circus arts throughout his career. Learn more. 

Dr. Veronique Richard earned her doctoral degree in sport science from the University of Montreal then went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in sport psychology at Florida State University. Her specialization in performance psychology and creativity has brought her to work in both research and applied environments. Learn more. 

Dr. Dean Kriellaars Scientific Director, Center for Circus Arts Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer, Ecole nationale de cirque, Montreal Canada. His research is directed to physical literacy for wellness, in rehabilitation as well as in high performance circus and sport. He has pioneered physical literacy tools and programs that have been adopted internationally. Learn more. 

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Portraits of Inclusion is curated by Craig Quat.

Craig Quat
Craig Quat is the driving force behind a horizontal social movement known as Functional Juggling. Craig began his career in education at a very young age, when as a child, he managed to overcome the cognitive and social barriers of being a non-neurotypical person, who was growing up poor outside NYC during the 19080s/90s. This unique cultural background, mixed with his personal experiences of social circus intervention, set Craig on a path to develop and transform radically new standards and interpretations of inclusion from within Circus.
He is well known for creating revolutionary learning tools such as the Juggle Board, which uses a series of lanes to roll balls back-and-forth between partners, as opposed to having to throw and catch them. Additionally, he is also responsible for organizing a global movement of social circus practitioners who are collaboratively dedicated to the goal of enhancing new teaching methods through adaptation and re-imagination. Craig has collaborated extensively and traveled to visit many circus groups and cultures from around Europe and in both of the Americas over the past 12 years of his project development.
In 2014 he was the first recipient of the Award for Innovation by the American Youth Circus Organization, and in 2016 he received the Excellence in Education Award from the International Jugglers Association.
He is currently based in Argentina and preparing to embark on a two-year tour of Latin America and Europe that will include new project elements, such as documentation and distribution of information about all the interesting and diverse circus cultures he continues to visit.

Craig Quat

Craig Quat is the driving force behind a horizontal social movement known as Functional Juggling. Craig began his career in education at a very young age, when as a child, he managed to overcome the cognitive and social barriers of being a non-neurotypical person, who was growing up poor outside NYC during the 19080s/90s. This unique cultural background, mixed with his personal experiences of social circus intervention, set Craig on a path to develop and transform radically new standards and interpretations of inclusion from within Circus. He is well known for creating revolutionary learning tools such as the Juggle Board, which uses a series of lanes to roll balls back-and-forth between partners, as opposed to having to throw and catch them. Additionally, he is also responsible for organizing a global movement of social circus practitioners who are collaboratively dedicated to the goal of enhancing new teaching methods through adaptation and re-imagination. Craig has collaborated extensively and traveled to visit many circus groups and cultures from around Europe and in both of the Americas over the past 12 years of his project development. In 2014 he was the first recipient of the Award for Innovation by the American Youth Circus Organization, and in 2016 he received the Excellence in Education Award from the International Jugglers Association. He is currently based in Argentina and preparing to embark on a two-year tour of Latin America and Europe that will include new project elements, such as documentation and distribution of information about all the interesting and diverse circus cultures he continues to visit.