Florida’s Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC) Co-Presents The 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in DC. Partnership culminates 2 years of production for America’s largest tourist event

The 50th Anniversary Smithsonian Folklife Festival closed on July 9th, following 2 weeks run in DC. This year’s festival focused on the international world of Circus Arts. CAC presented 3 major performance programs and hosted circus troupes and performers from all over the world in the only Big Top on the National Mall and at daily demonstrations in the Arts and Industries Building and 20 venues across The Mall.
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CAC Goes To Washington DC

BY BILLY COX — HERALD TRIBUNE: Hundreds of thousands of Americans, maybe upwards of a million, are about to learn that reports of the circus’ death have been greatly exaggerated when they visit the National Mall in Washington, D.C., over the next few weeks. But local audiences can get a sneak preview at a fundraiser Tuesday night. That’s when the Circus Arts Conservatory and its versatile Sailor Circus students will stage their final dress rehearsal before joining the Smithsonian Center’s Folklife and Cultural Heritage Festival in the nation’s capitol from June 29-July 4 and July 6-9. MORE

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CAC at 2017 Florida Folk Festival

BY JESSIE R. BOX — SUWANNEE DEMOCRAT: The 65th annual Florida Folk Festival had around 10,000 people attend Memorial Day weekend. The 2017 Folklife Area celebrated the diverse cultures of Southwest Florida. Karen Bell and Robin Eurich, of the Sarasota’s Circus Arts Conservatory, demonstrated circus arts and clowning. Bell said growing up she always took the comedy route. She said she was drawn to clown college… MORE


Dolly Jacobs Awarded Voice Of Sarasota

SRQ DAILY SATURDAY PERSPECTIVES: Co–founder of the Circus Arts Conservatory, Dolly Jacobs was honored with the Voice of Sarasota Award from Visit Sarasota County at the organization’s National Travel & Tourism Week Awards Luncheon last week. Upon learning she had been chosen for this award Jacobs expressed, “I was blown away, literally speechless. But the more I’ve gotten my arms around it, the more I’ve realized it’s not all about me, but about our industry and I accept it on behalf of all the greats before me that paved the way for the rest of us.”  MORE


Ringling Circus Closes

BY JANELLE O’DEA — BRADENTON HERALD: On Sunday night in New York, the curtain will close for the final time on The Greatest Show on Earth and a way of life for residents of “the town without a zip code.” …Despite Feld’s decision to close the [Ringling] circus, [CAC co-founder and CEO] Pedro Reis and other local luminaries such as high-wire master Nik Wallenda say it’s far from the end of the circus.  MORE

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Continuing the Legacy of Circus Arts

BY KATHERINE PYNE — ABC 7 WWSB: Hundreds of people gathered under the big top on Tuesday [May 16, 2017] to help the Circus Arts continue here on the Suncoast. The Circus Arts Conservatory hosted La Cirque Appetit at Sailor Circus Arena in Sarasota. The annual fundraiser helps bring in money for the conservatory’s outreach programs. For CAC co-founder Pedro Reis, it’s a way to make sure the Circus Arts continue to be a part of our community.

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La Cirque Appetit Fundraiser 2017

BY NIKI KOTTMANN — OBSERVER MEDIA GROUP: All eyes were on them. High above the ground — 24 feet, to be exact — five teenagers prepared to cross a wire only 5/8 of an inch in diameter. The daredevils are members of Sailor Circus, the nation’s longest-running youth circus, whose roots date back to 1949 Sarasota when it began as a small high school gymnastics class. However, what’s grown to be called “The Greatest ‘Little’ Show on Earth” is just one of the many components of the Circus Arts Conservatory, which shared its mission with both old and new supporters alike at La Cirque Appetit on May 16 at Sailor Circus Arena.   MORE

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Ringling’s Impact Beyond the Circus

BY SCOTT DENNIS — ABC 7 WWSB: After 146 years, the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus will end performances on Sunday for good. But here on the Suncoast, those involved with the circus arts say the “circus” is not closing, just the one named Ringling. Let’s not forget, Sarasota would not be what it is today without a man named Ringling.  MORE


Celebrating Florida Tourism With Awards

BY VIRGINIA HALEY — HERALD TRIBUNE: We are at a critical and potentially pivotal moment for the travel and tourism industry in Florida. With Visit Florida, the state tourism marketing entity, falling victim to Tallahassee politics, there is no better time than now to educate, advocate and support the value that tourism and tourism marketing brings to our state and our community…The Voice of Sarasota award goes to a member of the county’s community who has succeeded in putting Sarasota County on a national stage, Dolly Jacobs, co-founder of the Circus Arts Conservatory.   MORE


CAC Performer Wins 2017 Tourism Award

BY BUSINESS OBSERVER — OBSERVER MEDIA GROUP: Circus Arts Conservatory co-founder and aerial silks performer Dolly Jacobs is the recipient of the 2017 National Travel and Tourism Week Voice of Sarasota Award from Visit Sarasota County. The Visit Sarasota County board of directors chose Jacobs based on her ability to positively raise awareness of Sarasota County and affect tourism through her words, actions and deeds. “Dolly’s work in keeping Sarasota’s circus heritage and legacy alive throughout the world is a testament to her passion,” says Drayton Saunders…   MORE