Wise Fool needs your help to survive the COVID-19 outbreak!
Unfortunately, our ability to offer classes has been forced to a complete halt by the Coronavirus outbreak. At this point, our ability to survive is threatened. We are challenged in making our monthly bills without or income from classes, events and school visits.
In this time of isolation, we need social circus now more than ever. Not only is it sad to be away from our beloved art form, it’s also sad to think that Santa Fe’s community circus might not survive this pandemic.
Please support Wise Fool. No amount of money is too small for a donation. If you can spare even a few dollars, we appreciate your support.
Wise Fool is a contemporary and social circus arts non-profit. Wise Fool teaches classes in circus arts for folx of all genders, bodies, ages and experience, and holds a space for people to explore their bodies and be themselves. Wise Fool New Mexico’s mission is to ignite imagination, build community, and promote social justice through performances and hands-on experiences in the arts of circus, puppetry, and theatre. Wise Fool is a beloved and award-winning non-profit organization at the center of Santa Fe's community arts scene. Wel serve 2,000 youth and adults with hands-on activities and 14,000 audience members annually with high-quality experiences built upon our core values of community, arts accessibility, and social justice. We provide over $60,000 in scholarships annually to youth and community members in the Santa Fe area.
Wise Fool’s Programs
Social Circus is the application of the art and culture of circus to help address social issues such as social isolation, impact of trauma, violence in communities and/or lack of access to arts and cultural activity.
In 2016, the American Youth Circus Organization (AYCO) announced a network of recognized Social Circus programs. Amy Christian, co-founder of of Wise Fool New Mexico, was one of the national consultants that helped shape the program criteria. Wise Fool was among the first four companies recognized for their Social Circus programs. All of our programs intend to bring the social benefits of circus to participants.
Circus Comes to Schools
We bring Social Circus to kids in their schools. Wise Fool partners with teachers through arts, PE, and dance pathways to reach a broad section of at-risk and underserved youth in Northern New Mexico. Most students leave our CCS program with self-confidence, healthy risk-taking, and a better sense of engagement.
Adult Studio Programs
Wise Fool welcomes adults and teens of all ages, genders, fitness and experience levels to join us for ongoing classes in circus arts! We teach trapeze, lyra, aerial fabric, partner acro, flexibility, juggling, unicycling, handstands, conditioning, and more. Our coaches are well trained professionals who value social justice and acceptance. Our classes are fun, active and promote connection, self confidence and community.
Our After School classes are available for anyone 2-12 years old. Our spring, summer, and winter break camps allow kiddos to run away with the circus, without leaving home! Students learn stilt-walking, unicycling, aerial fabric, trapeze, juggling, puppet-making, clowning and more! Our classe are designed to create a safe, non-competitive environment.
"Our family’s favorite thing about Wise Fool is that their youth programs offer a safe space for unique kids. Our unique kid has participated in After School Fools for four years and has thrived. We are regularly amazed at the skills he has learned and his willingness to participate in activities outside his comfort zone. The coaches’ kind, accepting, and fun approach meets kids where they are and encourages a co-operative, supportive class culture. This approach has been a perfect fit for our son. We think Wise Fool exemplifies the best version of Santa Fe’s “City Different” civic values: creativity, collaboration, and inclusion. We encourage everyone to donate what you can to help keep this beautiful community asset available to all our community’s unique kids."
-Sheri Caywood Unzicker
Our Teen Troupe brings teens together to focus on becoming circus artists. This program helps youth explore many sides of the circus including performance, training, counseling camps and being leaders in the community. The troupe performs in the community, volunteers and take counselor roles in camps and classes. This program scholarships numerous youth who love circus and need support to be able to practice the art form. Here are some of the things participants have to say about Wise Fool:
“Wise Fool is always there for me, from the time I was born I was spending time there and having a blast. My favorite thing about wise fool is probably the community, most of the people who work there have known me since I was like two and they are just the nicest people I’ve ever met. Most of my best friends I met at Wise Fool and even with this closure we still talk daily. And Wise Fool is an outlet for me to get everything out without talking about it.”
"I'm Revely Rothschild, I'm sixteen years old, and I've been coming to Wise Fool since I was six. This is my fourth year as member of Teen Troupe, and in the past I've been both a camper and a counselor in summer camps at the studio. Having spent over half my life at Wise Fool, I can confidently say two things: I've never experienced a more supportive community, and without that community, I wouldn't be the person I am today. My coaches are the kindest people I know, and they have never stopped encouraging me to be better while also accepting me for who I am and the abilities I already have. On top of that, I've met a lot of really incredible people because of Wise Fool. I feel really lucky to know them, and I feel even luckier to be part of such an amazing organization!"
We bring the magic of circus to communities throughout the state. Wise Fool offers repertory shows that are performed at libraries, small venues and gatherings. We love to share our art in professional productions, cabarets, community events, corporate events and more!. We love to bring the joy and magic of circus to all events!