CircEsteem’s mission is to unite youth across all backgrounds and identities by fostering self-esteem and mutual respect through the practice and performance of circus arts.
We are a judgement-free, inclusive neighborhood hub, where youth build lasting relationships through collaboration and performance. We actively partner with families and like-minded organizations throughout the Chicago area to create resource-rich environments for the youth we serve.
CircEsteem provides youth opportunities to evolve artistically, personally, and professionally. Our students uphold the principles of resilience, unity, creative expression, and self-advocacy.
We are creative leaders with a passion for youth development who are role models facilitating culturally responsive relationships within our community through intelligence, diversity, equity and inclusion. We approach this work with humility, patience, love, and continued self-reflection. We are active participants in strengthening our organizational culture.
We meet youth where they are. In order to cultivate a safe space for participants to take risks and experience success while being uniquely themselves, we have adopted practices that work to challenge systematized class structures. We center youth voices as we support their growth as individuals and members of the CircEsteem community.
“To see the look in a kid’s eyes when they first juggle or spin a plate, it’s like a light goes off. It’s just so magical to see”
Sam Brown, Teaching Artist
Hire CircEsteem for your next birthday, bar/bat mitzvah, parade, corporate or professional sporting event. We provide strolling performers, interactive circus workshops, and fully produced circus shows.
CircEsteem relies on the generosity of its donors and partners.
Opportunities include, but are not limited to: Tutoring and Performance Support.
Make the circle bigger. From acrobatics to accounting, we appreciate your help!