From the Streets to the Sky: Fundación EnseñARTE Bolivia - CircusTalk

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From the Streets to the Sky: Fundación EnseñARTE Bolivia

Located in Cochabamba, Fundación EnseñARTE Bolivia provides performance training, healthy meals and school support for children living in poverty via social circus and music programs. Founded over a dozen years ago by John Connell, the foundation started in the US as Performing Life. Now located in the center of Bolivia at the foot of the Andes, the mission is to help impoverished kids break the cycle of poverty and create better futures through the arts. Over 70 families and 3,000 kids have been helped, and all of the youth have graduated or are still in school.
The focus is to prevent youth from ending up in the streets by giving them a safe place to feel and act like children through circus arts like juggling, acrobatics, aerials, unicycle, rola-bola, hula, swing/poi and fire. Fundación EnseñARTE accepts PayPal donations to support their four initiatives: The social circus helps children improve self-esteem and learn patience and teamwork, including conflict management, non-violent communication and gender equality. They learn body awareness and improve physical skills like flexibility and balance, coordination and ...
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Karin McKie

Karin McKie is a writer, SAG-AFTRA actor, educator, publicist and activist. She teaches students and professionals about storytelling, public relations, theater and stage combat, critical reading and comparative literature. Raised in the DC area and currently in Chicago, Karin has studied in London and the Bay Area, spent the millennium in Buenos Aires, performed in Amsterdam, Scotland, and around the Americas, and was a China/Taiwan scholar. She has a BS in Theater and Communications, an MFA in Creative Writing, and is a yogini, cyclist, weight lifter, and sometimes barefoot tennis player.