Why being a clown is a critical art form for Church of Clown
Don't expect lopsided red noses or lackluster birthday party performers at Church of Clown — for this nonprofit arts organization, being a clown is a craft that aims to inspire joy and resilience.
Driving the news: Founded during the pandemic, Church of Clown serves as a space to train amateurs as well as a stage for more seasoned performers. Programming includes mime classes, clown workshops and a youth circus.
- The group hosted a Holy Fools Parade on April 1 this year and is now holding its inaugural FLOP Festival at its Visitacion Valley venue through Sunday.
What they're saying: Executive director Dan Griffiths, a longtime staple in the local performing arts community, told Axios he started the organization as part of an effort to bring levity during a period of grief and isolation across the nation.
- Clowns, he said, have existed throughout history — sometimes to point out foibles, sometimes as "ecstatic spirit workers."
- Despite perceptions of clowns in American pop culture, they serve as a "human glue" that brings people together and gives them a tangible reason to laugh, Griffiths added.
What to watch: The Church of Clown plans to offer a Krampus holiday cookie event in the coming months and a physical theater performance series in the spring.
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