photo of three women performing a three high for the show Fractured, at the NEw England CEnter for Circus Arts

NECCA taking a show on the road

Sentinel Source

aerial rope artists in the air on her rope

New England Center for Circus Arts Lifts Hopes

By Nancy A. Olson

Circus is for everyone. That’s the foundation on which identical twins Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion, world-renowned circus performers and teachers, have built the New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro, Vt.

Since its founding in 2007, NECCA’s mission has been to create and sustain “a school, facility, and community where circus arts are available to the general public and to inspire students of all skill levels, ages, abilities, and aspirations.”

NECCA has grown substantially in the last decade. In June 2007, the center moved into its new state-of-the-art circus trapezium, a custom-designed 8,600-square-foot building with 40-foot-high ceilings, which allow for varied training apparatus, including an indoor flying trapeze rig, a built-in trampoline, and requisite safety equipment.

Today, the circus school offers the most comprehensive full-time professional training program, a three-year track, for artists in the newest facility in the United States.

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young child on a trapeze with the help of a NECCA coach

New England Center for Circus Arts Shows Off New Home

Brattleboro Reformer

New England Center for Circus Arts opened its doors Saturday and welcomed in the community for an open house at the organization’s new home at 10 Town Crier Drive.

The event had jugglers, flying trapeze, face painting and clowns. People were invited to walk around and explore. They even were allowed to try out some of the equipment, including a brand new trampoline and foam pit, with supervision and assistance from coaches.

The event brought out all types of people.

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NECCA Receives NEA Art Works Grant

vermontbiz.com

New England Center for Circus Arts has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, one of six organizations in Vermont to receive grants as part of the Art Works program. Art Works is the NEA’s largest category and focuses on funding the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with the arts, lifelong learning in the arts, and strengthening of communities through the arts.

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artist in residence performers standing on stage waving to their audience

NECCA Receives NEA Art Works Grant

Brattleboro Reformer

New England Center for Circus Arts has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, one of six organizations in Vermont to receive grants as part of the Art Works program. Art Works is the NEA’s largest category and focuses on funding the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with the arts, lifelong learning in the arts, and strengthening of communities through the arts.

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3d rendering of the new NECCA facility

NEA Awards Major Grants to Vermont Organizations

vermontbiz.com

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced grants to Vermont organizations including the New England Center for Circus Arts. $10,000 will support artist residencies for circus arts performers. Emerging circus arts ensembles will be provided with housing, rehearsal space, production mentorship, technical support, and directorial guidance for the development or completion of a new work.

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Vermont Organizations Receive NEA Grants

Photo of the Festival of Fools courtesy of Burlington City Arts

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The National Endowment for the Arts announced its spring grants on June 14. Because, despite concerns, the organization continues to function.

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aerial hoop artist performing on stage

NECCA’s ProTrack Circus Graduates Perform for Local Audiences

Brattleboro Reformer

New England Center for Circus Arts presents the extraordinary circus talents of its graduating ProTrack students before they move on to perform in the professional circus world. Upon graduation, they will join previous NECCA graduates who’ve gone on to work with Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Bros, 7 Fingers, Cirque Eloize, Circa, as well as European cabarets and circus cruises to name a few.

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a painting of a traditional circus show

Big Top in Our Back Yard 

Take Magazine

Have you ever wanted to run off and join the circus? New England has a surprising number of schools for that.

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