Start Small and Keep Growing: Implementing a Successful Mentorship Program

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Start Small and Keep Growing: Implementing a Successful Mentorship Program

Mentorship programs for emerging artists continue to pop up throughout the United States, closing a training gap within the circus community. Flynn Creek Circus and the Circus Conservatory and Immersive Arts Center discuss their experiences building these programs and training the next generation of performers.
Flynn Creek Circus student aerialist performs on self-done rigging. (Photo by Chapel Miller) The circus community has always been a tight-knit group. We know each other, we support each other, and we work together to make sure everyone has a place in our world. But there’s one thing that has become increasingly apparent in recent years: There is a large need for mentorship when bringing on emerging artists. Compared to the generations of circus performers before us, we are looking at a radically different landscape in contemporary circus compared to a more traditional environment. Traditionally, training and knowledge would be ...
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Makenna Cook

Based out of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Makenna Cook started training in circus arts at Circus Juventas in 2011, specializing in juggling and high wire. In 2021, she received her degree in Journalism from Bethel University. She has worked as a content writer for Circus Juventas, copywriter for Centerfield Media, and social media manager for small businesses throughout the Twin Cities.