With COVID restrictions still in place, many artists are only holding events virtually but a few groups have found creative ways to bring their audiences outside while maintaining safety precautions.
Blindspot Collective and Fern Street Circus both held creative in-person events that promoted civic engagement.
In lieu of its typical neighborhood tour, Fern Street Circus brought its performers out to meal distributions at local schools. This pop-up entertainment brought joy to families dealing with the financial strain and hunger exacerbated by COVID-19 but served a dual purpose — the jugglers, clowns, acrobats, musicians and drummers carried signs about filling out the census.
“When the cars are in line and they see what we’re doing, they will often roll their windows down and they’ve got kids in the back and we’ll wave and talk with them and we talk about the importance of the census, what benefits the census will bring to their communities,” Fern Street Circus Executive Director John Highkin said.
Participating in the census is essential for San Diegans as it dictates federal resources for the next 10 years, meaning it could affect funds for things like free meals and other assistance these families need as well as government representation…
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