As we reflect on the past year, we are filled with immense gratitude and pride for the remarkable progress and achievements we have witnessed at our organization. Our mission to nurture and inspire young talents in the performing arts has blossomed, thanks to the unwavering support and dedication of our community, staff, and, most importantly, our students.
This year, we have seen countless moments of growth, perseverance, and artistic brilliance, as our students have risen to new heights, embodying the true spirit of the performing arts. In the face of challenges, they have demonstrated resilience and adaptability, creating a vibrant and supportive environment for creativity to thrive.
In our annual report, we celebrate the accomplishments of these remarkable young individuals, as well as the initiatives and programs that have paved the way for their success. As we look to the future, we remain steadfast in our commitment to fostering a community that nurtures talent, ignites passion, and empowers the next generation of artists to reach their full potential.
Together, let us continue to build a legacy of artistic excellence and make a lasting impact on the lives of our students and the world of performing arts!
Claudine Choquette, Chair & Founder
Les Ailes Du Desir Foundation ( also operating under the fictitious name Miami Circus Arts Center) is a 503c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of children and adults in Miami's diverse communities by providing access to education and training in Circus Arts, fostering personal growth, artistic expression, and inclusivity for individuals of all abilities.
To become South Florida's leader in community-driven performing arts training, cultivating a vibrant cultural landscape and expanding job opportunities for young aspiring professionals in the Performing Arts sector, regardless of their learning or physical abilities.
1. Increase enrollment in Circus Arts programs by 20% each year over the next three years, with a focus on engaging underrepresented and differently-abled communities.
2. Establish at least 12 new partnerships with local schools and community organizations by the end of 2024 to expand our outreach and impact.
3. Develop our current scholarship program for underprivileged youth by 2024, to provide financial assistance to at least 10 aspiring performers each year.
4. Secure the acquisition of a dedicated facility by the end of 2023, providing a safe and inspiring space for our Circus Arts programs, fostering community engagement, and supporting the growth and development of the Performing Arts sector in South Florida.
In School and After School training and mentoring in our Allapatah facility.
Summer & Winter camps, outreach initiatives, partnerships with other foundations.
Expand the visibility of circus arts through shows, artistic collaboration, and youth outreach and its appeal for South Florida young artists.
Providing coaching services and an affordable space for professionals to train all year long.
The general tendency is very encouraging, more and more people are aware of our programming and are coming on a regular basis, helping spread awarness and increasing our revenues, which allowed us to provide more classes, fostering a positive growth throughout the year.
People took a class in 2022
Growth in revenues year-on-year
Miles, that's the furthest a student drove to attend our classes
Presented to Miami-Dade audiences
Of ours students say their self-confidence has improved thanks to our classes
Classes offered per week throughout the year
We are fully dedicated to creating an inclusive space where everyone is welcome and trained according to their specific needs. Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and we are hard at work to diversify even further our scheduling to appeal to more communities in 2023.
Of which 121 are professionals
Nationalities represented between staff and clients
Over the past year, we have made a significant impact on local communities in South Florida by providing accessible and inclusive education and training in Circus Arts. Our programs have touched the lives of countless individuals, promoting personal growth, artistic expression, and social cohesion.
Through our diverse range of classes and workshops, we have empowered children and adults from various backgrounds to develop their creative and physical skills, regardless of their learning or physical abilities. Our participants have gained confidence, discipline, and a sense of belonging, while also benefiting from improved physical health and mental wellbeing.
We take great pride in our commitment to inclusivity and strive to ensure that our programs reach underrepresented and differently-abled communities. By collaborating with local schools and community organizations, we have successfully expanded our outreach efforts, offering scholarships to underprivileged youth and fostering a more equitable and diverse cultural landscape.
In addition to nurturing the next generation of performers, our impact extends to the broader community. Our annual showcases and events have brought together people from all walks of life, fostering a spirit of unity and appreciation for the arts. These events have not only provided a platform for our talented students to shine but have also raised awareness about the transformative power of Circus Arts education.
Split between Career days, affordable events, free workshops and open doors activities
Children from underserved communities reached through our events and outreach efforts
Children were able to attend a class through our Scholarship Fund
Of parents reported a positive impact on their children based on their participation in our year-round programming
We more than doubled the production of original shows last year, presenting 15 shows to Miami audiences and more than 50 activations. With the addition of Nicolas Allard to our team, we can now propose world-class performances to audiences and clients.
Created as original productions of Miami Circus Arts Center
Our artists performed for more than 50 events through the year for various instutions and clients
For the 4th year in a row, we have seen an increase in revenues, going from 62K in 2019 to an impressive 517K in 2022. This growth is mainly due to the increase of our classes offering, new partners for events and the constant effort in securing grants and donations from both public and private sources.
Split between in-kind, grants & events
$20 - $25K
Average donation range
1. Increase our individual donor base
2. Increase Federal and State funding
3. Plan for Give Miami Day
4. Increase our partnerships with schools and community programs
As the owner of our facility is currently looking to sell, we are looking to gather funds to acquire it to ensure the perennity of our operations.
Growth compared to 2022
Youth from underserved communities reached through our different outreach programs
Our presence in Schools afterschool curriculums
The bounds between our team members and Canada is strong, which might lead us to branching out in Canada to develop a new bilateral pole of partnerships and economic development.
By contributing, you help us provide accessible classes, foster talent, and create unforgettable shows that inspire creativity and self-confidence in our communities.
Miami Circus Arts Center is a fictitious name for Les Ailes du Desir Foundation Inc. (LADD) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
1395 NW 22st
Miami, Florida, 33142
☎️ (786) 694 4567