The Voice Project

The Voice Project is:

A year-long performance group

for students with marginalized identities

that uses circus as an inquiry for social justice and systemic oppression

The Voice Project is a branch of our Pathways program that engages participants in the creation of an original circus performance centered on a social justice issue.


This year-long project follows a Youth-led Participatory Action Research methodology, which breaks down the lines between educators and students and invites youth to be the experts in their own lived experience and the social justice issues that they face. Participants attend two classes per week and a private or shared lesson, and the year will culminate with a public performance centered around a social justice theme of the participant’s choosing.

This program is open to all youth and young adults who are interested in bringing their lived experiences to a project focused on social justice. Our admissions process will prioritize applicants with marginalized identities including queer youth, youth of color, and youth experiencing homelessness, etc.

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Support the project!

  • Our grant funding only covers a portion of the program costs and we are seeking supporters to join our Champion Circle. Please contact kirsten@thecircusproject.org if you’re interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities.

  • Specific donations we are seeking include:

    • Healthy lunches, sandwich-making materials and protein bars.

    • Re-useable water bottles.

    • Athletic clothing for training, specifically long-sleeve tops and leggings in sizes S-XL.

    • Public transportation tickets to Seattle for a group field trip to our partner circus school, SANCA.

    • Pre-paid debit cards for aid during emergencies.

    • Bicycles and bike helmets.

    • Contact rhen@thecircusproject.org to arrange donations.

  • Please consider learning about the needs of youth in your community, particularly those marginalized from resources and opportunities, and advocate for change. For example, advocate with your legislators to find innovative and equitable solutions to increase affordable housing opportunities.


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