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Circus Information and Clown Schools

Clown School

The clown college that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus established in Sarasota, FL has been closed since the mid-1980's.

However, there is a clown school in the United States: 

San Francisco Circus Center

Telephone: (415) 759-8123


Circus Resources

Ringling Circus Museum

5401 Bay Shore Road

Sarasota, FL 34243 

Telephone--(Education Dept.) (941) 359-7893 

The Ringling Circus Museum is part of the Ringling Complex that includes an Art Museum, a historical home, and beautiful grounds. Contact the education department for specific programs. The archives provide reference assistance.


Circus Sarasota 

P. O. Box 18636 

Sarasota, FL 34276 

Telephone: (941) 355-9335

Fax: (941) 355-7978

Circus Sarasota has a strong commitment to education. They provide several education programs: Circus Arts-in-the-Schools, Special education, Summer Education, and a School of Performing Arts.


The National Circus Project

67 Lion Lane 

Westbury, NY 11590

Telephone: (516) 334-2123

This project was founded to reserve and promote the traditional circus arts and skills through education and entertainment. They do in-service projects for teachers and also will do programs in schools. Call for more information.


Circus Minimus 

215 West 88th Street # 12

New York, NY 10024

Telephone: (212) 874-3976 

Using a circus-theme, this integrated program extends the circus into all aspects of the classroom.


Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus 

P. O. Box 127 

DeLand, FL 32721-0127 

This show provides a teaching unit. 


The Big Apple Circus

 505 Eighth Avenue, 19th Floor

New York, NY 10018-6505

In the past, the Big Apple Circus has provided fairly detailed lesson plans, complete with performance objectives.


Circus of the Kids 

926 Waverly Road

Tallahassee, FL 32312         

Circus of the Kids provides one-, two-, and three-week programs in which they teach kids circus skills. Schools using these programs are provided with a curriculum guide so teachers can use the circus theme to teach various disciplines.


Carson & Barnes Circus 

P.O. Box J

Hugo, OK 74743  

This large Oklahoma based Circus has an interesting web site that includes a number of videos for purchase.



Email dated 01/21/2004 from Marcy W. Murray Curatorial Assistant Circus Museum & Archives



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Last Update: 4-15-2014 12:55pm

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