New and Upcoming

We are honored to announce that we are one of the 2019 recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grants! Read more about the NEA’s program and recipients here. This grant will support our Pathways program, bringing circus arts education to marginalized and traditionally underserved youth. We were also thrilled to see other circus organizations on the list - congratulations to the Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota, Midnight Circus in the Parks and Circus Juventas!

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Thank you, Cirque du Soleil, for the $10,000 grant to fund a new year-long performance project for our Pathways students!

Click on the photo below to read a write-up about the project in the Willamette Week. Learn more about the project, and ways of getting involved here.

Early Spring Classes are open for registration.
Check out classes here!

Check out this highlight that OregonLive did on Change(d) Together, a multimedia circus event celebrating our 10 year anniversary!


Who we are:

The Circus Project is Portland’s center for contemporary circus arts. We transcend social barriers and inspire personal transformation through circus instruction and performance.

We offer classes and workshops for adults and children of all ages along two tracks—recreational and pre-professional. 

Our Performance Troupe creates cutting-edge, world-class productions for Portland audiences and beyond. 

In addition, we teach Circus in the Schools and partner with local nonprofits to engage homeless and traditionally underserved youth.


“The Circus Project is the kind of innovative organization that puts Oregon on the map as a destination for arts and culture.”  

—Governor Kate Brown, State of Oregon