From Circopedia

The original Big Apple Circus (1977-2016) began the development of the project in 2007, with inspiration, guidance and leadership support from the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation ( The idea was to use the Internet to help the public better understand and appreciate circus as a global artistic and cultural phenomenon, embracing both the populist nature of the circus and the democratic technology of a free-access web archive.

Dominique Jando and Charles Forcey have guided Circopedia from its inception. An internationally renowned circus historian, and former Associate Artistic Director of the Big Apple Circus, Jando has served as Curator and editor-in-chief for the project, with creative responsibility for all content. Forcey has provided a strong complement to these efforts, as Technical Producer and Information Architect, through his firm Historicus, Inc.

Following the end of the Big Apple Circus as a non-profit organization in 2016, has continued to develop independently, with vital support from Mary-Jane Brock, who had originally devised the project with Donald Rubin.

Since its official launch in October 2008, Circopedia has expanded steadily, gaining an important and growing viewership all around the world. It has allowed the foundation of a unique ongoing historical archive of the art form and its development over the past 250 years of its history.

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