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Aline is encircled by kids in Mexico

2019 Goals: Meaningful Impact and Connections

CWB – USA’s scope is growing. From 2015 to 2018, our audience doubled in size. Each year we steadily increase the number of workshops, performances, and people served. It’s exciting to see that outcome, but it is not our goal. … Continue reading

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Did CWB – USA Meet Its 2018 Goals?

Laughing Matters! This is the core of our work at Clowns Without Borders – USA. Our artists see and experience laughter’s impact on an audience. You’ve probably glimpsed this in our photos. You’ve read our final statistics from a tour. … Continue reading

Naomi and Leah read a newspaper

No Comedy Without Conflict

Conflict is at the heart of most comedy. But if everyone gets along, there’s not much to laugh at. No Comedy Without Conflict? One of the great joys of physical comedy is watching a fight unfold. Clowns are relatable because … Continue reading

Bekha juggles in a cement bunker

What Is Protracted Displacement?

What does displacement look like? The UNHCR estimates there are 68.5 million forcibly displaced people worldwide: 40 million internally displaced people (IDP); 25.4 million refugees; and 3.1 million asylum seekers. There are also an estimated 10 million stateless people, or … Continue reading

Clowns play with a group of kids

Local Actions, Larger Purpose

In December, 2018, a group of CWB clowns partnered with Oakland Catholic Workers for their holiday celebration. OCW serves the Bay Area immigrant community through food distribution, language classes, and transitional housing. At the holiday party, parents receive wrapped presents to distribute to their children on Christmas.  James Green By the time we arrived at the church, a line of about 30 or 40 families had already formed at the door. They waited to enter the hall, where they would … Continue reading

Leah holds a hoop in the air while standing on Naomi's back

Creating a Clown Show About Landmines

Leah Abel writes about working with the Mines Advisory Group in Myanmar to create a clown show with an educational component.  Leah Abel Staying Flexible When working with clowns, it’s safe to assume they’ll run with punches, switch on a … Continue reading

Clowns run in a circle inside a giant hula hoop

The Right to Migrate—Part II

Darina Robles is the founder of Llaven nü, a social circus program in Mexico. She has twice partnered with CWB – USA for tours in Mexico, and most recently collaborated on our October, 2018 tour. She writes about the strength that’s … Continue reading

Clowns Without Borders Girl Laughs Hard

Mirrors

On tour in Myanmar, Leah Abel thought about the different ways humans capture past experiences and use them as references in the future. She wondered, “How do we remember so that we learn from our past, and positively impact our … Continue reading

Paused train with migrants standing on top

The Right to Migrate—Part 1

Darina Robles is the founder of Llaven nü, a social circus program in Mexico. She has twice partnered with CWB – USA for tours in Mexico, and most recently collaborated on our October, 2018 tour. She writes about the natural … Continue reading

Clowns stand in the plaza

Girl from Honduras

Aline Moreno, founder of Palhaços sem Fronteiras – Brasil,  wrote poetry while collaborating with CWB – USA and Llaven nü on a tour in Mexico. The tour followed the migrant caravan, comprised mainly of Central American people fleeing violence, persecution and lack … Continue reading

Andres performs for rows of laughing kids

PAZyaso: A Clown For Peace

Andres Aguilar joins CWB – USA in Myanmar for his third Clowns Without Borders tour. In this blog, Andres coins a new term: PAZyaso! Andres Aguilar Each day spent in this distant country feels like a “treasure day.” Myanmar has … Continue reading