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NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana— Arts Council of New Orleans and Circus Now, a national organization dedicated to promoting and progressing the circus arts in America, are proud to announce “circus arts” as a new form of artistic eligibility on the upcoming Arts Council 2014 New Orleans artist grant applications. The Arts Council of New Orleans will be the first US arts council to adopt such a category, which signals New Orleans interest in becoming a nationwide leader in circus performance and practice. 

According to grant documentation, circus artists will now be eligible to apply for project support through the City of New Orleans’ Community Arts Grants program,

“wherein the circus arts are defined as “a form of performing art in which the instrument of artistic expression is the body’s precise movement,

which is based

on circus technique and is combined with objects or instruments from a circus discipline.” Other countries, including Finland and France, as well as the province of Quebec, have made similar funding adjustments to recognize the validity of the circus as a performing art and support the creation of emerging artistic circus.