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Saturday, October 6 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Safety Beyond Mats: Principles, processes and practices to prevent sexual, physical and emotional abuse in circus education; examples from the field LIMITED

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Keeping staff and students safe is one of the main focuses of every circus school and circus program. Complementing equipment and other physical safety issues that circus programs must fully address, safety from emotional, verbal, sexual and physical abuse need to be carefully and intentionally addressed and infused throughout our circus program policies, practices and training, in accordance with AYCO's core competencies for developmental circus arts (see http://www. americancircuseducators.org/ core-competencies/, and all applicable state and local laws & regulations). Every program is different, so there is no one-size-fits-all set of policies that will work for every school.

This workshop will discuss the process of developing anti-abuse policies for our programs. We will look at two examples of how programs took on this task. Marci Diamond and Jen Carlo will discuss the process at Circus Smirkus and Henry Wheaton will talk about the process that SHOW Circus Studio went through to create their Culture of Safety.


Jennifer Carlo

Executive Director, Circus Smirkus
Jennifer Carlo was a university vice president for student affairs for many years and still teaches at the university level.
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Marci Diamond

Cofounder/Director, Diamond Family Circus
Professional circus performer, & coach Marci Diamond, M.P.A., SAG-AFTRA. AEA, co-founded Diamond Family Circus (www.diamondcircus.com), an Associate Member of the AYCO/ACE Social Circus Network. Marci is also a consultant/trainer on sexual & domestic violence, social circus, and performing... Read More →

Saturday October 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Lounge A 231 Sycamore St. Decatur, GA