2021 Virtual American Circus Educators Conference

October 9-10th, 2021

12-6pm Eastern Time/ 11am-5pm Central Time/ 10am – 4pm Mountain Time/ 9am – 3pm Pacific Time

Join us for an exciting weekend of online learning and connection for circus educators! Get ready for virtual presentations, workshops, discussions, and social events that will inspire and reinvigorate!
More details to come later this summer.

In the past, the ACE EdCon happened only every other year, but moving forward there will be an EdCon event every year! EdCon will alternate between an in-person conference and a virtual conference. Even years (2022, 2024) will be in-person at a different host venue each time. Odd years (2021, 2023) will be held online for maximum accessibility and convenience.

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Presenter Applications

Want to share your knowledge and expertise with circus educators from all over the country? Apply to present a session or moderate a panel! Co-presenters and youth presenters welcome. We particularly invite those whose whose voices and expertise may not always be centered, such as BIPOC folks and those who hold other marginalized identities, to apply.

Accepted presenters receive complimentary tickets to the conference.

Application deadline is August 15th, 2021.

Questions about presenting? Email info@americancircuseducators.org!

Schedule Information

Virtual EdCon 2021 is October 9-10th 2021, 12-6pm Eastern Time/ 11am-5pm Central Time/ 10am – 4pm Mountain Time/ 9am – 3pm Pacific Time.

The event schedule will be available for view in early September, and sign-up for sessions will open for registrants late September.

The 2021 virtual conference includes:
+ Presentations, panels, and workshops on topics relevant to circus educators
+ All sessions will be recorded and made available to attendees for the rest of the month!
+ Interactive social events

+ Opportunities for specific interest groups to meet together in solidarity

Sessions happen over Zoom, via the Sched.com online system. To be able to sign up for sessions, after registration you will receive an email invitation to Sched. Sched invitations are sent to those who register before the schedule is open for sign-up on the day session sign-up opens. Those who register after the day session sign-up opens will receive a Sched invitation within 24 hours of registration.


The EdCon is priced on a sliding scale with the goal of accessibility to all:

Ticket PriceLevel Description
$30If you are just meeting your costs of living (bills, rent, etc). (You may be unemployed, not working at all at any job.)
$50If you are meeting your costs of living, but don’t have much extra. (You may be underemployed, working part-time at any job.)
$75If you are comfortably meeting all of your costs of living. (You may be fully employed.)
$100If you are comfortably meeting all your costs of living, and additionally able to contribute to savings, make donations to worthy causes, etc. (You are likely fully employed.)
$150If you want to help others attend the conference in addition to your own ticket cost.

Volunteers and presenters receive complimentary tickets to the entire event!

If these pricing levels are not accessible to you, please contact info@americanyouthcircus.org.

Volunteer Application

The volunteer application will be available in August.

Volunteers are expected to put in a minimum of 6 hours of volunteer work over the course of the event, and will in return be given a free virtual pass. Volunteer time will primarily consist of introducing and assisting presenters over Zoom, so a general tech-savviness is required. ACE is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse conference, and would like to particularly invite BIPOC folks and those who hold other marginalized identities who might not otherwise have access to the conference to apply.

Become a 2021 virtual EdCon sponsor! This year, ACE is offering 3 levels of sponsorship.

After October 1st, we will only be accepting additional Banner-Only Sponsors ($150).

Banner Level: $150

Have your logo on the banner of the EdCon website! Attendees will see this whenever they navigate to Zoom events. You will also receive a social media shoutout from ACE.

Swag Level (includes Banner): $300

Put your logo on a special swag item that will be sent to participants of the EdCon! Your logo will hold a physical place in today’s virtual world – you’ll be remembered for years to come. Logos may be edited to one color and approximately 1.25’’x1.25’’. 

Room Name Level (includes Notebook and Banner): $500

Have a Zoom Room named after you/your organization! The schedule and website will refer to a certain Zoom room as the “Your Organization” Room.

Email info@americanyouthcircus.org to become a sponsor!