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Our Mission

MakeShift’s mission is to collaboratively provoke exciting, depthful, and transformative moments through teaching and performing circus in Atlanta and beyond.

Our Vision

Through our projects, we work to amplify and connect diverse voices to build an Atlanta full of color, inclusion, equity, justice, and play.  We strive to infuse the thrill & accessibility of circus into individual and social change work.


“It made me feel safe. Something I really needed today. I’m sure it will impact me more throughout the coming days.”

“I felt my own feelings but was also able to have a glimpse into the souls of the performers. It was beautiful.”

-Audience Members at SPECTRUM: A Gender Project

“Hearing stories let me envision how I can behave and think differently. Motivation to change, being in a room with people- you can see it matters.”

“It provides specific examples to refer to. It encouraged me to double down on my commitment to addressing racial equity.”

-Participants in a Race Circus Project Film Series Workshop

“I’m just so thankful to be a part of this work because I know how important it is for young people, adults, people of all ages to be able to engage in an open, honest, compassionate, and passionate way. In whatever way that they need to. I feel that the Race Circus Project creates this opportunity both for the people who are making the project and also for folks who experience the project as community members and contributors to the focus groups and people who experience the project as audience members as well. It’s just an invaluable experience to begin to feel that this is a conversation that is worthwhile and that will reshape the city of Atlanta.”

“The work that is done is on top of a foundation of love and trust and unity and honesty and that’s just not something I experience that much.”

-Community Members and Project Collaborators



SPECTRUM Full Film VIRTUAL PREMIER this Sunday! Tickets on sale!

You are invited to a virtual circus event on this Sunday April 24th from 5-8pm!  All ticket sales go to support the work of Community EsTr(El/La), a Trans indigenous immigrant led organization that works on a very small budget to provide safe and secure housing, healthcare, employment services, legal advocacy, and many more services for the Trans Latinx monolingual community…

We raised $2400!

Thanks to the generosity of the Atlanta community and the incredible artists and community that came together for SPECTRUM: the Gender Project, we raised $2400 and were able to support 4 groups doing direct service work locally: Charis Circle is the final group that we were so excited to support. ‘Together with Charis Books, the…

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