American Youth Circus Organization
American Youth Circus Organization

Since 1998, AYCO has been promoting the participation of youth in circus arts and supporting circus educators through the following activities:

  • Providing information and training
  • Connecting and convening
  • Advocacy
  • Setting standards and guidelines for safety for the circus sector in the USA
  • Developing Social Circus in the USA
  • Supporting educators and organizations via the American Circus Educators Association (ACE) branch, founded in 2014

In support of these aims, AYCO and ACE:

Produce the alternating biennial American Youth Circus Festival and ACE Educators’ Conference

  • Host regional circus festivals and showcases
  • Foster communication among circus arts educators and organizations
  • Collaborate with other circus networks around the world
  • Publish American Circus Educators Magazine
  • Provide circus arts coaches with training procedures and guidelines for safety standards
  • Promote youth circus activities through positive media coverage and regular newsletters
  • Advocate for increased support for circus education
  • Send member ambassadors to circus performances around the USA
  • Support studies about the positive outcomes of circus
  • Develop social circus via the Social Circus Initiative