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Darina Robles demonstrates payasearía como hermosa humanidad

Payasería Como Hermosa Humanidad 

CWB – USA artist and Llaven nü founder Darina Robles shares her experience of hermosa humanidad, clowning for the Rarámuri people in Chihuahua, Mexico. This blog post as-told-to CWB Communications Director Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone and is edited for length and clarity.  Character … Continue reading

Three Rarámuri girls sit shoulder-to-shoulder as they watch a clown show

What If You Don’t Know What To Do?

Julie Moore, who recently wrapped her first CWB – USA tour, writes about the challenge and relief of giving into the unknown. Wondering what to do when you don’t know what to do? Read on!  Work! Do! Achieve! Here’s the … Continue reading

Two clowns perform outside, in front of an audience gathered in the shade of a tree.

Rarámuri Resilience: Audience Feedback

Qualitative Data CWB artists constantly gather qualitative data about their work on tour. Is the audience laughing, or are they unimpressed? Are certain games more engaging? Do community members want to participate, or mostly watch? This kind of information combines … Continue reading

A beach in Puerto Rico, shortly after Category 5 Hurricane Maria made landfall

Climate Emergency and Displacement

What makes something a crisis? Is it the scale? Or the severity? Or maybe it’s the duration? Climate crisis includes all three of these factors: It affects billions of people and every ecosystem on the planet, and a forthcoming Intergovernmental … Continue reading

All the clowns squeeze inside a wooden picture frame. They are performing outside, in Palestine.

Palestine and The Power of Names

Naomi Shafer and Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone wrote this blog post. Learn more about our programs in Palestine, here and here.  We frequently answer the question: “Why does Clowns Without Borders write ‘Palestine’?” Our standard response is: CWB – USA follows United … Continue reading

Little boy holds lots of hats

Human Rights Day 2020

December 10th is Human Rights Day, commemorating the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This landmark United Nations document specifies that all people have the same inalienable rights, regardless of background, origin, or other difference. This year’s theme, “Recover … Continue reading

World Children’s Day 2020

Es más fácil construir niños felices que reparar niños rotos. It is easier to shape happy children than to repair abused children. World Children’s Day November 20th is World Children’s Day, also known as Universal Children’s Day. It commemorates the … Continue reading

Ecuador 2019

First of May Part 3: Josie Mae, Leora Sapon-Shevin, and Eric Rubin

Hear from artists Josie Mae, Leora Sapon-Shevin, and (new board member!) Eric Rubin as they reflect on their First of May experiences—in this case, their first CWB tours! This interview is part of our Clowns In Conversation series, which lives on … Continue reading

All the clowns say "Ta-Da!"

First of May Part 2: Dustin Allen, Melissa Aston, and Ania Upstill

In the American circus, “first of May” refers to someone who is in their first season with the circus. In that spirit, we interviewed three artists about their respective first CWB – USA tour. This is the second in a four-part … Continue reading

Poki balances on Ania's shoulders, in front of a large outdoor audience

First of May Part 1: Dustin Allen, Melissa Aston, and Ania Upstill

CWB – USA Executive Director Naomi Shafer interviewed Dustin Allen, Melissa Aston, and Ania Upstill on May 1 2020. In American circus, “First of May” is a nickname for somebody who is in the circus for the first time. These … Continue reading

The team hugs in Puerto Rico

CWB Welcomes Two New Board Members!

“We clowns are well positioned to respond to the unexpected with imagination, creativity, joy, and a sense of expansive possibility.” – Marisol Rosa-Shapiro, Board of Directors Clowns Without Borders USA is delighted to welcome Meredith Gordon and Marisol Rosa-Shapiro to … Continue reading

A sunlit image of David juggling clubs

Honoring Sarah Liane Foster and Selena McMahan

“If either Selena or Sarah called me at, say, 3:00am on a Wednesday night and said something like, ‘Hey Tim, could you send me your left leg?’ I would wake up, start sawing, and head to the post office.” – … Continue reading