Many of us who grew up in Queens or raised our kids here have fallen in love with the Big Apple Circus. It’s tents have graced Cunningham Park for many years. Now in it’s 38th season it’s struggling to pay the bills since corporate philanthropy hasn’t returned since the recession. What many of us may not know is it’s outreach program, clown-care, which has 80 talented professionals conduct “clown rounds” one to five days a week, year-round, making nearly 225,000 visits to young patients at pediatric facilities. Or that it’s program Vaudeville Caravan brings the uplifting power of the circus to delight the residents of nursing care facilities. Or that it has unique performance for children and adults with vision or hearing impairments and other disabilities. Or other programs like helping kids after school or tickets for disadvantaged children.
The Big Apple Circus has given great joy to Queens residents for many years in many ways. It would be a shame for it to close now when there is so much magic left to with our community.
You can still buy tickets for Cunningham Park. Remember children under 3 are free if they sit on the lap of a paid adult.
If you have the means and care about the work the Circus does, you can donate directly here.