We are a Community Circus with a Social Purpose. Our focus is circus arts education.
We are a social circus comprised of educators, social workers, occupational therapists and circus arts professionals who have devoted our careers to teaching children how to learn to learn through circus arts training.
Our goal is to inspire a child/teen through the circus arts to learn multi-dimensionally using the latest brain/learning research in our quest.
Amazing Grace CIRCUS! was founded by Carlo Pellegrini and Janet Hayes in 2002 after the events of September 11th. They led a group of 16 teenagers from Grace Episcopal Church in Nyack, NY, through an eight-month process of discernment to identify a form that would give expression to their feelings, their hopes, their frustrations and their fears based on the events in NYC. 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 15th 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.
Our mission has always been education, but with focused fun. Ask any child who experiences our circus and they will tell you: It’s Fun! Mr. Amazing is at the heart of this fun experience. With over 40 years in the business of circus and entertainment, he is the first to tell you that life is circus, and running away to join the circus is the chance of a lifetime. But that is not the goal of his teaching: the objective is to help kids understand that they can learn anything they put their minds to…even juggle, even unicycle, even math!