What is ASCA?

Founded with support from Cirque du Soleil in 2013, the Asian Social Circus Association connects and empowers youth art-based organizations (social, community, and for-profit) in Asia. It has members spanning from Kabul to Canberra. The association strives to introduce social circus as an empowerment medium, especially in child rights and child protection advocacy, for underprivileged communities throughout Asia.
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Founding Organizations

Red Nose Foundation

Red Nose Foundation

Jakarta, Indonesia

Red Nose Foundation in a non-profit arts and education outreach organization based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Established in 2008, the foundation currently provides 75 hours of arts and education classes for 280 underprivileged children across Jakarta every week. The foundation also offers full and partial scholarships for local underprivileged students with excellent academic performance.

Mobile Mini Circus for Children

Mobile Mini Circus for Children

Kabul, Afghanistan

Established in 2002, Mobile Mini Circus for Children (MMCC) currently has 400 children and young artists in Kabul and its regional centers in Balkh, Bamyan, Herat, Nangarhar, and Ghor. The organization combines entertaining and essential educational messages such as health, land mine awareness, peace and back to school/ importance of education.

Phare Ponleu Selpak

Phare Ponleu Selpak

Battambang, Cambodia

Phare Ponleu Selpak (which means “brightness of the arts) was founded in Battambang, Cambodia, in 1994 and is now a major cultural tourism destination in the Southeast Asian country. It began life as a “creative association” to help child refugees express the trauma of war in a refugee camp on the Thai-Cambodian border in 1986. Nowadays the organization works with more than 1,500 children, including orphans, street kids, and trafficking victims.

Street Arts for Street Kids

Street Arts for Street Kids

Vietnam/Thailand Malaysia

Inspired by similar projects in Cambodia, Uganda and Vietnam, the Street Arts for Street Kids (SAFSK) network is based on the success of hip-hop as a tool to engage and empower disadvantaged youth across the globe. Its mission is to engage young people in elements of hip-hop culture to build leadership skills and promote social responsibility. It serves to teach people hip-hop & break-dance and how to pass on those skills to others, as well as promoting leadership skills, social responsibility and positive change to members and local communities.

Vancouver Circus School

Vancouver Circus School

Vancouver, Canada

The Vancouver Circus School provides circus classes for the young, and young at heart! Recreational and professional development programs are available for participants as young as 6-months-old. The school also offers a variety of specialty workshops; spring, summer, and winter camps; group-specific visits; and, birthday parties.

Organizational Structure

Travis Johnson

Travis Johnson

President

Vancouver, Canada

David Mason

David Mason

Vice President

Kabul, Afghanistan

Dan Roberts

Dan Roberts

Treasurer

Chicago, USA

TO Loeurt

TO Loeurt

Secretary

Battambang, Cambodia

Dedi Purwadi

Dedi Purwadi

Member at Large

Jakarta, Indonesia

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