ABOUT CCA

THE CIRCUS CONSERVATORY OF AMERICA

MISSION
To form, develop, and operate an educational institution dedicated to the teaching and advancement of circus.

PURPOSE
The Circus Conservatory’s purposes and activities include:
(a) The formation, development, and operation of a post-secondary educational institution of higher learning and of educational programs which may be offered directly or in collaboration with other institutions, dedicated to the teaching of circus studies;
(b) The granting of such certificates, diplomas, and/or degrees, including, but not limited to, a bachelor degree in circus studies, as may be authorized by appropriate credentialing
officials;

(c) The formation, development, and operation of institutes, seminars, camps, job training, and community-based or other related educational experiences related to circus studies or educational needs of circus personnel;
(d) Providing career counseling to students and alumni;
(e) The making of donations, grants, and scholarships in furtherance of foregoing.

PHILOSOPHY
Circus Conservatory of America is distinguished by its dedication to training students to become both rigorous masters of the circus arts and educated artists. Through the benefits of a progressive liberal arts education, rooted in the academic traditions and adapted to meet the needs of kinesthetic learners, students gain the skills needed to understand, analyze, and construct the many aspects of circus creation and production. Graduates will leave the Conservatory with the skills necessary to manage diverse careers in the performing arts.

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
Circus Conservatory of America is incorporated in the State of Maine as a not-for-profit corporation and has been recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation. The Conservatory is governed by a Board of Trustees which manages its business and affairs. The President of the Circus Conservatory is an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees and serves as the institution’s principal executive officer.

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