Circus Arts In Healthcare

Humor has long been recognized as a powerful tool for reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and pain perception, while having a positive and lasting effect on the body’s immune system, heart, and brain.

Our Circus Arts In Healthcare improves the quality of life for individuals in care facilities by bringing delight to people through the circus arts. Our artists incorporate comedy, music, magic and more to engage and energize our audiences. We work with health care professionals to develop interactive programming that is both entertaining and therapeutic in design. The program is not just a one-time performance; we visit on a reliably consistent basis, building relationships with residents, families and staff.

What We Offer…

  • Living Room Vaudeville. Stage-style shows presented for your entire group.
  • Whoopie Wagon Parade. Individual room-to-room and hallway visitation.
  • Comedy In Motion. Simple physical exercise presented like only clowns can.
  • Memories Lost & Found. Prompts recollections for memory-challenged residents.
  • Red Suspenders Club. Builds relationships and fulfills state mandates for men’s activities.
  • Sailor Circus Ensemble. Intergenerational socialization and fun.
  • Award Winning Shows. Invitations to Circus Sarasota shows and events.
  • Staff Retreat. Inspirational team-building circus activities for your staff in our arena.

Staff…

Our professional artists and professionally-trained volunteer performers are sensitive to the needs of your population and are well-versed in HIPPA and hygiene protocols.

Through the Circus Arts Conservatory, all our programs and performers carry full liability insurance.

Program Manager Aaron Watkins has laughed with people everywhere from The White House to Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He is a proud recipient of the Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Award for his work at The Big Apple Circus’ pioneering Clown Care Unit® and at Paul Newman’s Hole-In-The-Wall-Gang Camp. He directed Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade clowns and served as Dean of Students at Ringling’s famed Clown College.

About Laughter…

“Once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.
Dr. WHC

“A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.”
William Arthur Ward

“You make me laugh. And when I laugh I feel good about myself.”
Melissa Smith

Weekly Programs and Visits include: