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.

The 2017 Festival provided opportunities for hundreds of thousands of visitors and global media to experience Circus Arts and was presented by the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the National Park Service, CAC and The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, in partnership with Visit Sarasota, the AYCO and ACEA.

Jennifer Mitchell, Managing Director of the CAC said, “Our invitation to co-present by The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, signifies the positioning and respect that the CAC legacy and cast garner in the International Circus Arts community. We are thrilled to have provide over 100 cast members and crew and over $1million of performance programming, provided free of charge to festival attendees”.

The festival and Big Top played host to amazing array of performances from Circus Sarasota, Sailor Circus, Cirque De Voix, Circus Juventus and Circus Universoul. Additionally, visitors experienced outdoor flying trapeze, Circus Science and education programs and narrative, storytelling and circus stages on the National Mall.


The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, established in 1967, honors contemporary living cultural traditions and celebrates those who practice and sustain them. Produced annually it is an international exposition of living cultural heritage annually produced outdoors on the National Mall of the United States in Washington, D.C


Founded on 1997 by international performance artist, Pedro Reis and Dolly Jacobs Reis, NEA National Heritage Fellow, the Circus Arts Conservatory is a non-profit performing arts company. CAC is home to world-class performance (Circus Sarasota), excellence in training with America’s longest running youth circus, the Sailor Circus Academy and arts integrated STEAM education and therapy outreach programs, serving thousands of beneficiaries each year.





Jennifer Mitchell
Managing Director
The Circus Arts Conservatory
941 355 9335

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