Cool Today Supports The CAC

‘Cool Today Supports The CAC’

Two supporting videos, produced by Jaime DiDomenico of Cool Today, demonstrate the many ways that The Circus Arts Conservatory is “…the epitome of an organization that takes care of people.”

‘Another Cool Today Spot Featuring The CAC’


Perfect Pitch Award

‘Circus Aerialist Honored With First-ever Perfect Pitch Award’ by Susan Rife, Herald Tribune – Sarasota, FL – On Nov. 4, [circus aerialist Dolly Jacobs] will receive the inaugural “Perfect Pitch” award from Key Chorale, Sarasota’s professional vocal ensemble. The award “honors an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to our cultural community through educational, financial, and/or artistic efforts,” said Catherine Vernon, Key Chorale’s executive director, in announcing the award.

“It’s very humbling. It’s just amazing to be awarded for something you love to do,” said Jacobs, the co-founder of Circus Sarasota and the Circus Arts Conservatory but perhaps better known as “Queen of the Air” for her elegant aerial routines in the circus ring. MORE


Heritage Honoree

Quad City Times – By Bill Wundram   
Dolly Jacobs likely was a toddler
the first time she saw Davenport. She might have played in the grass in a big circus lot in the 3000 block of Rockingham Road. She was a circus kid. Her dad, Lou Jacobs, was a legendary circus clown and the first living American to have his image on a U.S. postage stamp. Her mom was a fashion model turned flyer (aerialist) with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. By the time she was a teen, Dolly was riding elephants. Eventually, she learned the difficult Roman rings and flying. The little girl who once a regular performer in Davenport still performs high in the big top in Sarasota, Fla. And now, she is a world ambassador for the circus as an art form… MORE


Cambodian Circus School Visits Sailor Circus

By Nick Reichert – YourObserver
Phare, Cambodia’s premier circus school and performance troupe, stopped by the Sailor Circus Academy a few days before the Ringling International Arts Festival. And for over 20 years, Phare has been teaching wayward children the tools, tricks and craft of circus performance. One of Phare’s troupes is in Sarasota for this year’s Ringling International Arts Festival… MORE


RIAF Promotes Exchange With Sailor Circus

By Philip Lederer – SRQ Magazine
The Ringling International Arts Festival each year grants area audiences the opportunity to explore performances from around the globe, embrace new modes of expression and perhaps even gain a greater appreciation for the underlying sameness of the human experience. One group of visiting performers this year has taken that commitment to the next step, venturing out into the artistic community for some pre-festival exchange… MORE


Jacobs Honored with National Heritage Fellowship

By Jacob Ogles | SRQ Magazine – The National Heritage Fellowship award since 1982 has been given to folk musicians, potters, tailors, welders and more. But never had the award gone to a circus performer until Friday night. Dolly Jacobs, legendary aerialist and co-founder of The Circus Arts Conservatory, now bears the distinction of being the first circus artist to earn this recognition… MORE


Dolly Jacobs To Perform Live For NEA

By Nick Reichert | YourObserver.com: Dolly Jacobs, co-founder of Circus Arts Conservatory and lifelong circus performer and aerialist, is bringing the magic of the Sarasota big top to the nation’s capital. As a recipient of this year’s NEA National Heritage Fellowship, Dolly Jacobs along with 10 other artists will perform live and streamed nationwide at 8 p.m. October 2 from Washington, D.C. MORE


Dolly Jacobs Receives National Honors

SARASOTA, FL – International circus legend Dolly Jacobs has been chosen by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to receive a National Heritage Fellowship award.  This is the first time a circus performer has ever received this national award, validating the mission of the Circus Art Conservatory to raise the perception of the circus as a valuable form of art. MORE