Madison Circus Space looking to raise $1M for new facility

Published: May. 3, 2018 at 5:25 PM CDT
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The show must go on. The largest community of practicing circus artists in Wisconsin said goodbye to their space they've used for years.

"I'm actually just kind of starting teaching. Ive been practicing aerial for about 7 years,” said Luella Shapiro, Aerial instructor and Madison Circus Space member.

For Luella Shapiro, the place she comes to teach others is one of a kind.

"When I think about who I am that isn't being a mom or being a wife. That's what it is to me. It's where I go when I have any free time and what I do with all of the minutes of my day,” said Shapiro.

A place that was home to Madison Circus Space until Saturday.

"For the last five years we've been in a warehouse at 2100 Winnebago street that as many of you know is part of a redevelopment so everything in that lot is being torn down,” said Stephanie Richards, Madison Circus Space capital campaign director.

Madison Circus Space is at a temporary location on Bryan street right now but they are hoping that you will help them raise a million dollars to buy their permanent home.

"That space will be twice as big as where we have been in and will be designed for circus and movement arts,” said Richards.

They're working around a construction zone. Moving mats around and working to make this space feel like home for the next year.

"There's more people interested in doing circus, and more students on waitlists and kids who want to get involved and there isn't the time or space to have everything that we want to have happen,” said Shapiro.

But they're hopeful that same interest will keep this show going.

Right now, the group has raised nearly half their goal. They're also looking for volunteers to help with reconstruction projects like putting floors together and building a bathroom.

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