Prescott Circus Newsletter: October 2020
Dear Friends, Fans, and Family,

Autumn is officially here. While the hours of daylight are noticeably beginning to dim, those of us working with children and schools are getting more and more active. In the next couple of weeks, our teaching artists will be reconnecting with students all across Oakland: within online classrooms alongside our teachers at Prescott, Parker, and Montera; during extended day hours in the afternoons online for Martin Luther King Jr. and Sankofa United students, and for our older Performing Company students, we are starting outdoor, physically distanced stilt training sessions. 

The expressive arts are especially essential for our children right now, and possibly most meaningful for students in special education classes. This fall, with support from Arts for Oakland Kids, we are continuing our EVERYbody Circus residency at Montera Middle for three special education classrooms serving students with moderate to moderate-severe disabilities. The program, piloted last January, applies functional juggling and theater arts to promote students’ physical coordination, positive social engagement, and creative expression. One of our partnering teachers described the high degree of isolation and challenges her students are facing and that she “can’t wait to have the children laughing together again.” We can’t emphasize enough the importance of providing all of Oakland's children and youth with a variety of creative methods to learn, play and grow.  

With Gratitude,
David Hunt, Executive / Artistic Director
In Our Words
Our special day class, which was made entirely of autism spectrum students, enjoyed the end of class "show-what-you-know" activity the most, and used it as an opportunity to find ways to perform their own interpretive dance with their prop completely unprompted. Show-what-you-know turned into more like dance-what-you-know in that particular class and it was beautiful to witness.

- Coach Ori, Resident Artist
Students took pride in the show-what-you-know time and leading the group in activities. They are rarely the leaders in their general education classes. They are usually the “out” kids: speaking out of turn, falling out of their chair. This was a safe structured place for them to shine in these other areas.

- Miss Bruin, Montera Classroom Teacher
Learn More
"Distance learning has brought new challenges for the roughly 13 percent of Oakland Unified School District students in special education" - cites a recent Oakland North article about the challenges special education students are facing during distanced learning.
Looking Back:
Prescott Circus Theater at the 20th Annual Laurel StreetFair World Music Festival
August 2019, Oakland
The LaurelStreet Fair World Music Festival is an admission free, all ages community festival and celebration of art, cuisine, dance and music from around the globe. Funds raised from the festival go directly back into the Laurel District community; helping to provide public art projects and support to the many small businesses in Oakland's Laurel District. Prescott Circus has been a featured artist with the festival in recent years, highlight the incredible talent of Prescott Circus Youth at a major city event.
Young Jugglers Featured at National Pacific Fire Gathering
The Pacific Fire Gathering, one of the nation’s longest running flow and fire festivals, held an online version of its annual gathering last week. They graciously included our 2018 summer juggling act as the closing finale to their online gala show! Each September the festival brings together dancers, jugglers, movement artists, and circus enthusiasts for a week of workshops and shows on the Oregon coast. This year, the festival went online and chose Prescott Circus as a spotlight organization. The show features some amazing artists and The show can be watched now until October 5th on Vimeo.
13th Annual Life is Living: Virtual Festival
Friday - Sunday, October 9th - 11th 2020
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Prescott Circus Theatre’s work is made possible, in part, by the generous support of California Arts Council, Oakland City Council and funded by the City of Oakland's Cultural Funding Program, Oakland Fund for Children and Youth, Arts for Oakland Kids, The Barrios Trust, The Brickyard Berridge Fund, The Clorox Company Foundation, East Bay Community Foundation, Frederick E. and Anne R. Barstow Fund, John and Nancy Cassidy Family Foundation, Ruth Arnhold Endowment Fund, Walter and Elise Haas Jr. Fund, Port of Oakland, Oakland Firefighters, and our community of loving supporters.

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