The Social Circus Foundation INC will raise funds to support programs using circus as tools for social change and in medical settings. Many of the people served have limited resources clearinghouse for scholarships and to educate and study the application of circus to mental and physically disabled.
BOARD CHAIR: Dave Schroeder a lifetime resident of Ludlow, KY. Dave is the executive director of the Kenton County Library system. This role has lead to countless community connections and service opportunities.
Jene Galvin spent decades working with Cincinnati Public Schools developing non traditional learning environments. His son-in-law is a former Cirque du Soleil performer.
Renee Harris has spent the past 25 years balancing a career in business and the arts. She worked as a full-time music teacher at two area high schools as well as managed operations for a scrap metal recycling company and a funeral home.
Sara Warner is a recreation therapist with the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky. She has published a book that includes circus as a tool to be considered for Rec Therapy.
Anteneh Hameso (Meshu), originally from Awassa, Ethiopia Mehus has been living in the USA for the last four years. At the age of eight, he joined and helped found Debub Nigat (The Circus of the Southern Dawn), the brainchild of Berekit Dana, a Red Cross employee who had the idea to bring the circus to Awassa to help kids find focus and learn skills. Debub Nigat performed at markets throughout Awassa, the capital city in Southern Ethiopia. They created a partnership with medical group TENA TBIKA , a public health group that sponsored a van and hired a driver to transport the circus to perform all over Ethiopia. They began performing circuses to draw giant crowds to raise awareness for vaccination efforts and to eliminate female genital mutilation. Since moving to Chicago, he has done work with the Chicago Waldorf School, DaVinci Waldorf School, Mundelein, IL. CircEsteem, Inc, Chicago, IL Circus Pimparello, Stuttgart, Germany. Meshu is the founder of the Kibera Social Circus, which sits in the largest urban slum in Africa just outside Nairobi, Kenya. He is skilled in choreography, tumbling, sport acro, and juggling. Meshu and Paul Miller have joined to create the Social Circus Foundation to fund this work .
The Corporation intends to provide three main programs that will use the circus as a tool for social change and in medical settings:
1- Approximately one-third (1/3) of the Foundation’s attention will be focused on using circus to improve the lives of the mentally and physically disabled. The Foundation has already partnered with Children’s Hospital of Cincinnati, Ohio to provide programming for hospitalized children, and hopes to expand to other medical non-profits in the future.
2- Another approximately one-third (1/3) of the Foundation’s attention will be focused on vocational training. The Foundation will provide will provide job training and skill sets focused on the circus industry to the underprivileged in an effort to give them the tools they need to sustain livelihood and be productive members of society.
3- The remaining one-third (1/3) of the Foundation’s attention will be focused on education. Specifically, the foundation will study the impact of social circus in medical settings and as a tool for social change. The data collected will be used to study impact of circus on an individual’s mental and physical health, and to support social circus work in group homes, detention centers, and medical facilities.