Demand resignation of NECCA Board Members & reinstate Artistic Directors Smith/Forchion

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We, the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) coaching staff and supporters, demand the immediate resignation of Executive Director Michael Helmstadter and the Board of Directors. We request that a new board be elected by the stakeholders and NECCA coaches and staff, and that Artistic Directors Serenity Smith Forchion and Elsie Smith be reinstated effective immediately.

There are no words to adequately express the shock and confusion resulting from the board’s decision to terminate NECCA founders Elsie Smith and Serenity Forchion Smith. In a show of solidarity, many of NECCA’s world-class coaches have resigned (and more resignations will follow).

If you are a coach, a professional circus performer, student, parent, or community member who has been touched by these amazing coaches and community, please sign this petition.

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