Back in January of 2015, I was invited to host the American Circus Awards at the Big Apple Circus in Lincoln Center, New York City. The event, a joint production between Circus Now and the Big Apple Circus, was a gala set to recognize luminaries in the American field of circus arts. I was on the list of possible emcees who might donate their time to the cause. I accepted, presented, juggled, and made an interesting connection – Preston Scott, Director of the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is a big deal – it’s been called the #1 event in the United States, and has an impact that rivals the World’s Fair and the Olympics. So, when Preston called me a few months after our first meeting, inviting me to help represent juggling as an artform to the American public, I was thrilled.
The event happened earlier this month, and went off without a hitch. I’d love to recap the whole event for you here, but that would be an impossible task. Here, for your edification, are a few glimpses into the event as I experienced it.