Sarasota's Circus Arts Conservatory presents free Community Outreach Performance

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Sarasota’s Circus Arts Conservatory presents free Community Outreach Performance

Since the very first year of the Circus Arts Conservatory’s Circus Sarasota show 26 years ago (except for the interruption due to COVID-19), the CAC has offered free Community Outreach Performances for residents who might not otherwise be able to experience the joy of the circus. This year, on March 7, was no exception: more than 350 community members gathered together under the Big Top, including residents of nursing homes and assisted living communities, and clients from organizations for neurologically and developmentally challenged individuals as well as social service agencies, to see an abridged version of Circus Sarasota.

The guests enjoyed a special one-hour performance featuring a number of the acts performing in this year’s Circus Sarasota show, including contortion/hand balancing, hula hoop, Chinese pole, quick change, and clowning. A crew of volunteers assisted audience members with mobility issues, to facilitate their safe and enjoyable experience.

Each year, the Circus Arts Conservatory’s professional arm, Circus Sarasota, offers a showcase of top global circus artists performing in a one-ring traditional circus setting. Featuring new and innovative acts, Circus Sarasota’s 2024 production featuring high-flying action, heart-stopping thrills, laugh-out-loud comedic antics, and acts that defied both expectations and the boundaries of physical limitations.

“We are delighted to offer this special opportunity for people who otherwise might not be able to enjoy the thrill and excitement of a live circus,” said Circus Arts Conservatory executive vice president/COO Jennifer Mitchell. “This performance for an exceptional audience is just one facet of our outreach into the community that has heartily welcomed and steadfastly supported us for so many years.”

The performance took place at the Big Top on Regatta Island at Nathan Benderson Park, where the Circus Sarasota run took place. For more information about the CAC, visit

Learn more: or call (941) 355-9335.

Main Image: The CAC’s Circus Arts In Healthcare Manager – and professional clown – Aaron Watkins address the patrons during the Community Outreach Performance Provided photo/Circus Arts Conservatory

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