History of The Circus Arts Conservatory
The Circus Arts Conservatory was born from decades of circus history and today serves as a legacy to those that have set the standards for international circus performance. In the late 1920′s John Ringling moved his circus winter quarters to Sarasota and the circus became an integral part of the social and economic life giving our community its unique identity. Today, our organization stands as an icon dedicated preserving the extraordinary heritage of the circus arts through performance, training, education and outreach.
The Circus Arts Conservatory, Inc. (“CAC” or “the Organization”, dba Circus Sarasota) was incorporated as The National Circus School of Performing Arts, a not-for-profit organization under the laws of the State of Florida on September 30, 1997. The Organization’s name was later changed to Circus Sarasota, Inc. and to The Circus Arts Conservatory in 2013.
Known as the “Circus Capital of the World,” Sarasota, Florida claims Circus Sarasota as its own resident hometown circus. Our annual professional performances, showcased in a one-ring, five-star, European-style big top, have been acclaimed around the globe for world-class artistry and entertainment. Committed to raising the perception of the circus as the valuable art form it represents, The Circus Arts Conservatory is much more than a circus. Approximately 80% of ticket revenue to help support its community outreach programs that serve children, the elderly and those in care facilities. The year-round outreach programs Humor Therapy Program, Education Program and Sailor Circus Academy contribute important outcomes in our community. It remains equally important to Circus Sarasota to preserve Sarasota’s unique circus legacy through education, human service and the performing arts.