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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

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

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

Clowning and Coronavirus: CWB’s online adaptations

I used to know what my job was. I produced clown tours and workshops for displaced people, migrants, and communities in crisis. Amidst all of the unknowns and intangibles of that work, I knew what I was doing. Since the … Continue reading

Clowns shot from the back, facing an audience seated on a hillside

What Does “Internally Displaced Person” Mean?

Internally Displaced Person, or IDP, refers to someone who is forced to flee their home but remains within their country of origin. Refugees may cross national boundaries to seek safety, but IDPs are unable, or choose not, to do so. … Continue reading

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

Empathy, Humanity, and Advocacy Are Not Cancelled

A letter from CWB – USA Executive Director Naomi Shafer:  Dear Community, I hope you are well. I know many of you are experiencing job insecurity, restlessness, anxiety, and travel restrictions. You may not be able to see your family. … Continue reading

Ecuador 2019

COVID-19 & CWB : Program Cancellation

Dear Supporters,    Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19 we cancelled our tour to Colombia (scheduled to depart March 12th). We are cancelling all programs through the end of April, after which time we will reevaluate.    Cancelling the … Continue reading

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

Listen In: CWB On the Air

Progressive Radio Network featured Clowns Without Borders in conversation with host Eleanor LeCain. Executive Director Naomi Shafer, CWB Board Vice President Erin Leigh Crites, and Board Member Sayda Trujillo describe CWB’s work, how clowning can serve the needs of a … Continue reading