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McCollum Statement Honoring Circus Juventas

June 30, 2017
Statements For the Record

Mr. Speaker, I rise to celebrate St. Paul’s own Circus Juventas, and to congratulate them on their performance in today’s opening ceremony for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

This year the Folklife Festival marks its 50th Anniversary, and the youth performers of Circus Juventas will be sharing their artistry with hundreds of thousands of visitors in performances throughout the two weeks of the festival.

The founders of Circus Juventas, Dan and Betty Butler, not only build confidence and excellence in their students through a multicultural circus arts education, but also inspire more than 50,000 audience members every year with their professional-level performances.  Circus Juventas is a key member of the vibrant arts community in Minnesota’s 4th District.

Since its founding in 1994, Circus Juventas has grown into the largest performing arts circus school in North America.  Over 2,500 students participate in their year round and summer camp programs. The students of Circus Juventas learn world-class skills in traditional and contemporary circus arts.  As these young people come together to put on their collaborative cirque nouveau performances, they also learn the values of teamwork, self-confidence, discipline, dedication, leadership, and collaboration.  

As their Member of Congress, I commend all the students of Circus Juventas and Dan and Betty Butler as they bring their renowned performances and community engagement to the National Mall as the Folklife Festival celebrates the Circus Arts. 

The creativity that they inspire and the connections they build are a gift to our community, and we are all proud of their chance to share those gifts on a national stage.

Mr. Speaker, I yield back.