Send Ash to Bali for humanitarian clowning

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Raised by 27 people in 2 months
My class, the Clown Conservatory class of 2019, will be the inaugural volunteers as part of a new non-profit program called ClownCorps. Partnering with the San Francisco Circus Center and the Bali Children's Project, ClownCorps has already begun preparations to send this year's graduating class to Bali, Indonesia.

By contributing to my campaign you will help spread joy across the globe through me and my passion and belief in humanitarian clowning for children and communities in need. 

In April 2019 we will tour rural and poverty stricken communities  offering free-of-charge interactive performance and workshops in acrobatics, clowning, and circus arts. Our mission is to entertain, educate, and inject laughter into the lives of children and communities in this developing nation.

1) To provide hands-on learning experience for graduates of the Clown Conservatory Professional Program that offers the opportunity to apply their training in social clowning, performance, and circus in less advantaged communities. 

2) To provide education, creativity,  laughter,  and relief for youth in rural villages of Bali living in poverty with fewer access to resources.  The performance and workshops will be offered completely FREE of charge  in partnership with The Bali Children's Project . 

Each volunteer for this project needs to fund themselves in order to insure the performances and workshops for children are free.  Your donation will contribute to: 
- Airfare to and from Bali  
- Lodging  
- Transportation throughout Bali 
- Food and clean water

In order to secure my place as a volunteer performer and educator a non-refundable deposit of $500 is due by Jan 1st 2019.  Half of the remaining costs are due on February 1st 2019 and the remainder is due March 1st 2019.  

While Bali is popularly perceived as a paradise vacation destination, poverty is common and widespread, particularly in remote communities beyond the reach of tourists. We will focus our efforts primarily on children who come from environments of hardship, far removed from the experience of most tourists. This area ranges from Pemuteran in the far north west, to Singaraja in the north and communities in Karangasem in the east, with many from around Ubud in southern Bali and Munduk in the high mountains.  Clowning and circus arts challenge youth to use their bodies and minds creatively and playfully. We teach valuable lessons that cultivate teamwork, persistence, mindfulness, and positivity through heightened emotional and physical engagement, laughter, and play. Children who have experienced emotional trauma need safe places for creative expression and emotional release. Through creative play, group games, and physical activity, children learn to trust others, build relationships, and empathize with their peers. As clowns, we provide the space needed for this exploration. The clown gives permission to play, to laugh, and to engaged fully with the world. This type of whole-hearted engagement inspires self-confident, committed, and passionate young people who will one day be leaders, artist, and catalysts of change in their communities.

Currently I'm studying the art of clowning though the San Francisco Circus Center Clown Conservatory and simultaneously working as an instructor for the San Francisco Circus Center. I perform regularly in the arts of clowning, contortion, hooping, acrobatics, and juggling. 

Ever since I was a child I knew I wanted to give back to those in need, especially to children who may not know anything other than poverty, struggle, and hardship. I've always wanted to offer help, love, compassion, and support to those who struggle as I did, and to those who struggle far worse that I could ever perceive from my place of privilege. In the past I've worked with various non-profit organizations including the California Conservation Corps and Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Now I have the opportunity to combine my passion for circus arts with my desire to give to those in need the only thing that stands in my way is a dollar sign. 

Your financial support will allow me to volunteer as an entertainer and educator utilizing my education in circus arts, experience as a performance artist, and most importantly, my compassion. This is just the first step, I need YOUR help to take it. Thank you!

The more that I give the more I've got to give, it's just the way that I live, it's what I'm living for!
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Wanna see what the clowns are working on? Check out the new YouTube channel Human Cartoon Studios! Here you can find all of the crazy videos and characters that the students in the Clown Conservatory have been working on.

Some of these clowns, myself included, will be taking the trip to do social clowning over in Bali. Check out some of the silly stuff we've been working on! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQTnUf16_q9O1DC9qJaLZNQ/videos

There is about $1600 left for us to raise in order to meet the $3500 goal for this trip. Are you able to donate $10? How about $5 or even $3? Every donation helps. Are you feeling strapped for cash but would still like to help? Please share this fundraiser and the work that the Clown Conservatory students are doing! Thanks to everyone who has donated and shared so far. We've made it over half way, we're almost there! Terima kasih and thank you!
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Exciting news! Well, 2 pieces of exciting news. First WE'RE OVER HALF WAY TO OUR GOAL! WAHOOOO! Thank you so much Ryanne, Tamika, and Alan for your generous donations and believing in this work. I truly believe this is the work of building bridges instead of walls and it is possible because of your support. Thank you.

Second, the clowns went on an adventure last week and it was REALLY exciting! We dressed in our clown forms, hopped on the train and clowned all the bay from the train stop to the train station and into the heart of downtown San Francisco. We made friends, we fell in love with plants, we lost imaginary pets, and we had a blast! These clowns are officially clowns about town and soon, clowns about the globe! Check out this sweet shot of us waiting for the train looking goofy as can be.

If you want to see this type of silly at the service of those living in poverty, please donate and share this fundraiser! We're SO CLOSE to meeting the goal and I think we'll be able to do it. We just have to do it together!
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Wahoo, thank you so much for your recent donations friends! We're seriously making progress and I'm super excited about it. Thank you to the passionate Peter, musing Mallory, jovial Jade, and faithful Fati for your donations, belief in this project, and belief in me. I clown for you my friends, and for all of those who could use a big belly laugh!

Speaking of those who could use a big belly laugh, we clowns have received a tentative schedule of performances and workshops. 19 shows in about 7 days. Holy baloney! I've got to say, while I'm really looking forward to the work, it is A LOT of work and I'm a little nervous. Knowing that I have the support from friend and family and chosen family like you all helps to ease the nervousness.

It take SO MUCH work to get those shows going, to manage the travel and scheduling, and we are making it happen together! Can we raise some more money? Will you help me bring the big belly laughs to Kintamani Primary, Petiga Primary, and Kembang Sari Pre-K? Please donate today!
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We've gotten our official letter of confirmation from the Bali Children's Project stating that ClownCorps will be joining them for workshops this April. Things are getting officially official and really real. I'm nervous, I'm excited, I'm nervouscited! This organization does some pretty outstanding and admirable things for the children in Bali including building and renovating schools, libraries, and learning centers. I'm really looking forward to working with this organization through ClownCorps. You can learn more about them and their cause here: https://balichildrensproject.org/

Next week on Feb 7th I will need to make my next payment of $1073. In January I was able to make the deposit to secure my spot $350. I was also able to purchase my plane ticket there $337 and renew my passport $110. Thus far, we've raised $1260 and spent $797, leaving us with $463. That means we need to raise another $610 by next week *gulp* can you help me?

Let's get some $2, $5, and $10 donations in! Instead of buying me a "coffee" or a "getting my lunch" donate that money to help bring smiles to the rural communities in Bali! It doesn't have to be a lot. If 60 people donated $11 we would have the Feb payment covered and already be working on the March payment. We're almost 1/3rd of the way there, we can do it! Together we can make it happen!
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