New and Upcoming



Applications now open for Living Room Circus!

Seeking performers and creators! Applications are open for the Summer 2019 edition of Living Room Circus, our quarterly performance showcase for performing artists of all disciplines, focused around the themes of risk, innovation and experimentation. This is a great opportunity to explore a piece that doesn’t fit within mainstream performance opportunities, try out new ideas in front of an audience or experiment with a new challenge.

Aapplication deadline: June 19 • Show: July 27

More information on how to apply here.

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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!

Thank you, Cirque du Soleil, for the $10,000 grant to fund a new year-long performance project for our Pathways students! Find out more about the program here.


The Circus Project's Pathways program is getting a boost from @Nike w/ a #NikeCommunityImpact Fund of OCF grant. Nike believes kids are #MadeToPlay & together, we're getting kids moving & strengthening our community. Find out more about the Nike Community Impact Fund here#MadeToPlay @OCF


Who we are:

The Circus Project is Portland’s center for contemporary circus arts. Our mission is to use the circus arts as a catalyst for person and collective transformation.  Conveniently located in Northwest Portland, the Circus Project is housed in a clean, converted warehouse full of natural light.

We offer camps, classes, and workshops for adults and children of all ages, as well as intensive circus training companies for youth and pre-professional adults.

In addition to public classes, the Circus Project also has a strong, award-winning outreach program. The Pathways program seeks to increase the pathways into the organization for students that traditionally wouldn’t have access to arts education.

The Circus Project is also dedicated to supporting artistic development through training memberships, performance opportunities and artist residencies.


“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