This month brings big and bittersweet news: Co-founder Cynthia Rauschert has resigned from CircusNYC and JuggleNYC.
Cynthia designed and created the sites, first for a group of local jugglers (replacing, with permission, an earlier site by Christina and Reed Payne) and then for the larger circus community. I got involved because she asked me to provide content. It was a good partnership; mostly she built and maintained the websites, and I added circus and juggling information, although of course we both did some of both.
Several years ago, Cynthia moved to the Bay Area to further her education and pursue her dreams, becoming one of the first people in the country to receive an accredited degree in clowning. After graduating, she stayed in the Bay Area and founded her own company, Skilly Circus, "to inspire and empower youth using circus as an educational and therapeutic tool for learning." Cynthia's personal mission is "to spread joy and wonder, and she's trying to change the world one smile at a time."
Cynthia always said I wrote too much, so in respect to her web-writing wisdom, I'll end this here. Please join me in wishing her all the best in her future endeavors.
Congratulations to contest winners, Keith Nelson and Melissa Knowles! They each won a pair of tickets to see Cirkus Cirkör. Melissa can't make it, so her tickets go to runner-up Tara Jacob, for her poem about the joy of circus.
See all the entries on Facebook.com/CircusNYC and Facebook.com/JuggleNYC.
Thank you to BAM for providing tickets for the contest.
Photo by Melissa Knowles
WINNER: Joy of Circus competition
Photo by Keith Nelson
WINNER: Joy of Juggling competition