About Us

Our mission is to train children and teenagers in the art, skills and values of circus.


Our Beginningspic Amazing Grace CIRCUS! was founded by Carlo Pellegrini and Janet Hayes in 2002.

At that time, they were co-directors of Grace Episcopal Church’s Senior Youth Group in Nyack, NY.  The tragic events of September 11th, 2001 led their group of 16 teenagers to an eight-month process of discernment to identify a form that would give expression to their feelings, their hopes, their frustrations and their fears.  The ‘form’ also needed to give something back to the community

Circus was selected for its thematic universality of stretching beyond one’s own limits, of building relationships among a diverse group of participants, of a diverse community working together towards a common goal and of stretching for one’s dreams.  While the original intention of the circus was to give something back to the Grace Community that year, it evolved quickly into a community service/social circus model now in its 10th year.

AGC! is a 501c3 organization designated by the IRS for educational and charitable purposes.  It is a uniquely personal, cross-cultural community/social experience where children and teens take center ring in their lives, education and community.