The Unicycle Project
In honor of Zander Pois, please #lovesomeonetoday
Our "CirqueKindness" or outreach takes on many different forms for CirqueLouis– sometimes it looks like surprising a fundraising event, and sometimes it looks like feeding the homeless. We live and love to serve! CirqueLouis regularly participates in giving back to our community with circus arts through things like Mayor Fisher’s Give A Day Week, WE Day Kentucky, the annual Thanksgiving breakfast, free workshops and intensive studies for the Unicycle Project and Love The Ville events to name a few. CirqueLouis performers have donated hundreds of hours of service over the past few years.
Read our compassion charter here: http://cirquelouis.com/compassionatecompany/
In July of 2018 CirqueLouis has renamed our outreach branch The Unicycle Project in our efforts to honor one of own when loving on our community with circus arts. Zander Pois was an extraordinary performer and master of many circus arts crafts. Unbelievably talented he was constantly giving his gifts to others in our shows, events and outreach efforts in the city and joined us for many of the events listed above.
Over the past year, CirqueLouis has periodically offered workshops and classes in circus arts free of charge to our community in honor of and celebrating the life of Zander Pois. Follow us on Facebook here to keep up with postings and current events we offer.
As an outstanding steward of all types of service, Zander was involved in a number of organizations and charitable events in our community. Please consider giving in his honor to any of the causes he so loved:
Animal Care Society - http://www.animalcaresociety.org/animalcare-society-donation
Beckley Creek Park: https://www.theparklands.org/make-a-donation.html
Turners Circus: http://www.louisvilleturners.org/
Northeast Christian Church: https://www.necchurch.org/
Walden High School: https://walden-school.org/
Second Chance Wildlife: http://secondchanceswildlife.org/
KY Humane Society: https://www.kyhumane.org/
The Unicycle Project strives to remind others--and ourselves-- that we are never alone, and no matter what trial we may be facing, there are people in our corner, cheering us on.
For more information or inquiries for The Unicycle Project please email Maria Pois at Maria@CirqueLouis.com
Love someone today. Speak truth. Listen, really listen. Never give up.
**(all donations to CirqueLouis intended for The Unicycle Project will be earmarked for this branch)
The Unicycle Project (CirqueCompassion)
CirqueLouis instructors and staff participate in outreach because they understand that circus arts are more than the art of juggling, balancing, etc– they can fundamentally change your life! We have a focus working with youth in Portland, but our programming will soon be growing– follow us to learn more.
CirqueLouis is again joining forces for the second year at PeteFest this fall. Read more about them here and our unified mission with them to raise suicide awareness.
Rallying communities to champion youth mental health and wellness through normalizing the topic, promoting education, and providing tools for healthy emotional development.
Through PeteFest, The Pete Foundation aims to raise awareness for mental health advocacy while providing a fun, exciting, thought-provoking, and truly inspiring experience for all ages. In addition to spreading the love and appreciation of music, culture, art, and community through local artists and businesses, PeteFest focuses on environmental conservation and outdoor recreation.
"The Unicycle Project" Creative Director
Zoie Pois began circus arts in elementary school and started training in aerial arts at Turners in middle school. She recently added stilt walking to her repertoire. She has performed in Turners Circus and performed with CirqueLouis in Bootleg “Untapped” (2015). Zoie created the logo for the Unicycle Project after the death of her brother by suicide. Zoie also plays volleyball for Walden School and KIVA. Zoie is passionate about kindness, acceptance and loving one another.
Maria Pois has supported CirqueLouis from the inaugural production of Bootleg “Untapped” (2015) when both of her children performed. After the death of her son, Zander, she became more involved with the Unicycle Project. Maria is passionate about suicide awareness and prevention as well as loving each other in this world.