Watch Out for Flying Children Exhibit Opens at St. Louis Airport

March 21, 2022

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The photography exhibit Watch Out for Flying Children, will be at the Lambert Gallery on the lower level near Gate C until September 2022. The exhibit is a photographic journey that follows the flying children of Circus Harmony as they defy gravity, soar with confidence and leap over social barriers in St. Louis and beyond. The exhibit is partially funded through the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis.

“What more natural place to exhibit Circus Harmony’s fabulous flying children than at Lambert International Airport,” said Jessica Hentoff, Circus Harmony executive director. “Who better to welcome visitors or returning residents than the bounciest ambassadors of this metropolis?”

Watch Out for Flying Children shows the children defying gravity in their home ring at City Museum, under the big top in the annual appearance with Circus Flora, on the streets of St. Louis, the boardwalk of Tel Aviv, the countryside of Puerto Rico, and many other places where they have brought the joy and triumph of the circus to people in St. Louis and around the world.

Circus Harmony will perform at the St. Louis airport at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, to help kick off the exhibit. An opening reception at the gallery will follow. Learn more. 

In 1989, the first 10 children took flight as members of the St. Louis Arches youth circus troupe. To keep the program going and expand circus opportunities for more St. Louis young people, Jessica Hentoff founded Circus Harmony as a non-profit arts education and youth development organization in 2001. Since that time, Circus Harmony has developed into a world-renowned social circus organization that uses circus arts to motivate social change.

In 2007, they started their first Peace Through Pyramids partnership with the Galilee Circus— a Jewish/Arab youth circus from Israel! In 2015, they brought the Peace Through Pyramids program to Ferguson and have now expanded to other St. Louis communities, Puerto Rico, and Germany! In 2019, Circus Harmony was the recipient of the Missouri Arts Award for Arts Education, and in 2020 received the What’s Right with the Region honor from Focus St. Louis.