Kids sit behind the line watching a performance

Cheering On the Clown Car

CWB – USA artist Brendon Gawel writes about how love flows in both directions, and can look like clowns performing for kids, and kids cheering on a car full of clowns.  Today we perform in a refugee camp near the … Continue reading

Bonding over Bubbles

November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and the first day of our current tour in Haiti. Clowns Without Borders’ primary audience is children, but we also perform for their adult caregivers. The UN … Continue reading

Group of girls with clown

Many Layers Of Displacement

CWB – USA artist Brendon Gawel writes about the ways that identity intersects with regional politics during CWB’s tour to Lebanon. Brendon Gawel Invisible Barriers Hannah and I are on this tour as part of Clowns Without Borders. It’s organized … Continue reading

A young lion completes the three-person pyramid

Right To Play

When we think about human rights we often think of physical well-being and immediate needs, like food, water, and safety. At Clowns Without Borders, when we think about human rights, we focus on the right to play. The Right to … Continue reading

Group of girls with clown

The “I Love You” Game

 Hannah Gaff joined the 2017 CWB – USA tour to Lebanon and returned for the 2018 tour. She writes about a creative and courageous little girl who invents a new game.  Hannah Gaff A Game to Change the World When … Continue reading

Paused train with migrants standing on top

The Spontaneous Solidarity of Migration

Thank you to Clowns Without Borders USA board president David Rosenthal, and board member Tim Cunningham for their contributions to this blog! At this moment, CWB – USA artists are on tour in Mexico, traveling north with a caravan of … Continue reading

Clowns pose on grassy train tracks

Intense, Beautiful and Life-Changing

Derrick Gilday joins CWB – USA on tour in Mexico, as the clowns travel north along the migrant caravan route. He writes about the overlapping feelings of fear and love that accompany performing in such a desperate situation. Derrick Gilday … Continue reading

Brendon and Hannah partnering act

Three Surprises in Lebanon

Brendon Gawel performed with CWB – USA during our 2014 tour to the Philippines, and he joins our 2018 tour to Lebanon. Brendon writes about the ways that an unfamiliar place can both surprise us and remind us of the … Continue reading

Clowns onstage

Never Leave Home Without It

Z Smith, who joined CWB – USA’s February, 2018 and September, 2018 tours to Puerto Rico, reports back on what’s essential, what works and what doesn’t, for a clown on the go. Z Smith I’ve just finished my second CWB … Continue reading

Clowns onstage

Zonas De Desastre

Molly Shannon, who first toured to Puerto Rico in February, 2018, writes a day-by-day diary about her impressions upon returning to the island. During this first week of shows, the clowns travel all over Puerto Rico, visiting preschool- through high … Continue reading

The group circles the stage with brightly colored umbrellas

The Many Lions of Puerto Rico

Becca Bernard joins CWB – USA for her first tour! She writes about the many different faces of leonine courage in Puerto Rico.  Becca Bernard Roar! Have you ever wanted to be King or Queen of the Savannah? Here in … Continue reading

Clowns Without Borders Presents at UNESCO forum


Clowns Without Borders International has served as a consultative partner of UNESCO since September 2015. This September, CWBI joined “Another Perspective on Migration,” an international forum of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO. CWBI participated in a panel about resilience, education and the … Continue reading

Moshe in Chiapas, circa 1997

“Is a Payaso a Person?”

CWB – USA founder Moshe Cohen writes about the deteriorating situation in the Free and Sovereign State of Chiapas, in early 1997.  Moshe Cohen A Tense Situation Chiapas is a unique conflict zone, as it is one of the few … Continue reading

A crowd watches a giant handmade puppet, in Chiapas, MX

The Healing Power of Laughter

CWB – USA founder Moshe Cohen writes about his return trip to the Free and Sovereign State of Chiapas, where he collaborated with Wise Fool New Mexico and other artists to bring laughter to Zapatista communities in the midst of … Continue reading