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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

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

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

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

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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 Without Borders Presents at UNESCO forum

CWBI 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

Kolleen blows bubbles in Lesvos

What Difference Does a Clown Make?

Welcome to a new blog series, with contributions by CWB – USA’s wonderful board members! Board member Tim Cunningham is a graduate of the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre (’01) and has performed with CWB in 11 countries outside of the … Continue reading

Watercolor drawing of CWB in Less

Laughter Is a Renewable Resource

Whenever possible, we take engagements to share our work by giving workshops and presentations, like we did at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and University of Virginia. Program Director Molly Levine and Development Director Naomi Shafer recently presented to an informal … Continue reading

What’s All This Talk About the NEED for Laughter?

Manfred Max-Neef, a Chilean economist, postulates that across all cultures and societies, humans all have the same needs. And unlike Maslow, Max-Neef argues that these needs are not hierarchical, or in other words, the need for food is just as … Continue reading

Need Your Daily Exercise? Try Clowning.

By Guest Blogger and Performer, Molly Siskin    There is no exhaustion like the one that comes at the end of a long day hard at work in clown training. Clowning has a particular way of exercising performers both physically … Continue reading

Chiapas 1998 - a clown and children

Coming Full Circle: Our 100th Project

It’s a watershed moment for Clowns Without Borders USA. Our first undertaking of 2017 is also our 100th project since our organizations’s founding in 1995! Therefore it is fitting that we are returning to Chiapas, Mexico, where it all began for … Continue reading

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How Clowns, Police, and Abraham Lincoln Intersect Social Reform

By Guest Blogger Nadiya Atkinson   The conventional image of clowns is in the Big Top circus, wearing bright clothing and entertaining the crowd. Across the history of circus, clowns have had the central role in bringing fun and humor … Continue reading

Lesvos; children in camp

Clowns, Standing Rock, and Tribal Connections

Demonstrators at Standing Rock have been protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota since early April of this year. The numbers of protesters and police at Standing Rock have grown substantially, as have tensions and arrests. Frigid temperatures … Continue reading