CircEsteem is a wonderful program in Uptown Chicago that employs professional aerialists, clowns, trapeze artists, and acrobats to teach and empower youths in circus arts. I'd never heard of such an exciting concept before and emailed them inquiring about volunteering as a photographer. The president responded with enthusiasm and invited me to take pictures of the new Executive Director as well as upcoming showcases and a gala in October. I was honored to be a part of the festivities and cannot wait to photograph the fundraising event! Here are some scenes from a Friday show with the adorable kids of CircEsteem.