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National Institute of Circus Arts

Social Circus Outreach

Social Circus is the common term for using circus as a tool for social change.

Your contribution creates a new opportunity for NICA to reach a marginalised or at-risk community.

Social circus programs aim to build an environment of inclusivity, where individuals and communities can develop a strong sense of self through the sharing of skills and experiences.

Case Study: NICA in Alice Springs with the Red Dust Healthy Living Program

NICA Social and Community Circus Coordinator Andrea Ousley and first year student Tomas Correia headed six hours out of Alice Springs to Kintore in August 2017 to be part of the Red Dust Healthy Living Program. Working within Walungurru (Kintore Primary) and Kintore Campus Yirara College, they offered teacher support in the classroom, conducted circus workshops and also helped to build a garden in both the primary school and high school.

NICA has offered programs to Indigenous organisations and marginalised groups, both nationally and internationally, utilising circus arts as a community cultural development tool.

NICA has used circus to work with:

  • Youth at risk
  • Marginalised groups
  • Indigenous groups
  • Juvenile offenders
  • Survivors of assault

    In 2018, NICA aims to expand on this good work, and pilot new programs to reach more of our community.

Your valued donation will allow us to create programs for:

  • Rural and remote outreach
  • Indigenous outreach
  • Disadvantaged community outreach

 Goal $15,000


Image: Ben Mcnamara
Image Disclaimer: Under no circumstances are you to repost or display publicly any of the photos showing the kids' faces or use an image for promotional purposes without written approval from Red Dust Role Models. NICA have obtained special permission to use these images for the purpose of their donations page and the Swinburne Annual Report only.'


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(03) 9214 6975
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