The Circus Project

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Our mission is to use circus arts as a catalyst for personal and collective transformation.

Bottom Line for Portland

The Circus Project fosters confidence, imagination, and community through the circus arts, including aerial fabric, handstands, juggling, and more. Our programs reach professional artists, members of the general public, and youth facing multiple systemic barriers to arts access. Help us bring the joy and growth inherent in circus training to our community!


“Circus is so much more than physical movement — it’s healing for my heart and soul, it’s learning how to persevere, it’s learning how to feel safe and in charge of my body; it’s learning how to express and create art with my body in a beautifully imperfect fashion.” 

— Jenna, long-time student

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

A commitment to equity was central to our founding vision, and that commitment has evolved and grown through the years. We have an active Equity Team, consisting of staff and community members, that meets monthly to set priorities for our equity work and hold the organization accountable. We also maintain a strong scholarship program, and we strive to address the multitude of barriers to circus training that our students face.


On November 1st only: the 7th person to donate will receive a private circus lesson!

Starting on November 30th: the first 10 people to donate will receive a $20 gift certificate to Swift Cider's taproom.

Business Partner(s)

The Emery: Your tramside, railside, OHSU-side, hillside, riverside, pubside, everythingside apartment community.

The Laurelhurst Club: A picturesque venue for events with meaning, located in Portland's historic Laurelhurst neighborhood.

Special thanks to Paymaster Lounge, Swift Cider, & New Deal Distillery! On December 8th, our neighbors at Paymaster Lounge, along with Swift Cider and New Deal Distillery, are sponsoring a benefit for our Give!Guide campaign.

$13,659 raised of $15,000 goal
135 donations
91% of Goal


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Year Founded: 2008

Tax ID: 611557140

The Circus Project is in the Creative Expression category which is sponsored by The Oregon Cultural Trust

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