About The National Circus Project


NCP performs for the 800th M.P. Brigade and their families before deployment overseas. 08-09-2009 Uniondale, N.Y.

The National Circus Project is an educational outreach program, or an arts-in-education program, or a physical education external program AND a cultural arts external program. Any which way, we’re still a great program. So here are some random things you didn't know about us. Thanks!

  • NCP founder JeanPaul Jenack established in-school circus programs as early as 1974. Ten years later, he and founder Meryl Schaffer incorporated Circus Education Specialists, Inc. as a not-for-profit, tax-exempt corporation. CES, Inc. became the National Circus Project in 1988.

  • Over the past 30+ years, NCP specialists have presented more than 12,000 circus performances and conducted more than 60,000 workshops involving a total audience of over 6,000,000 participants.

  • In 1990, NCP directors began an Artists Exchange program in which international artists of merit are placed in our American school residence programs. That same year, NCP arranged for the first American artists in history to perform at the Latvian State Circus, receiving a commendation from U.S. Congress (Congressional Record, 05/23/1990) for “helping to further the cause of international understanding.”

  • Our international appearances include the Hong Kong International Arts Carnival, the Clarke Quay Complex Fair in Singapore, the Reuters International Conference in Bali, Indonesia, the Sherwood Forest Festival in England, Moscow’s 850th Anniversary Celebration and a gala performance at the U.S. embassy in Russia.

  • NCP activities have been profiled on television nationally on the Today Show, as well as in Disney "Adventures" Magazine, Parenting Magazine, My Weekly Reader, USA Today, Newsday, The New York Times and more than a thousand other newspapers and online journals.

  • NCP currently serves the northeastern US: New England, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania and Ohio.

  • The National Circus Project is working to establish a nationwide network of schools and facilities with circus arts programs, exchanging ideas, instructional methods and materials for teachers at every level of education.