Art Circus

Event Performance Company

Created in the spirit of Sam Phillips — perhaps the most significant entrepreneur at the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll music — Millikin University’s commercial music students launched Art Circus in 2015 to identify, develop and promote underserved performing artists in the marketplace. Art Circus showcases diverse talents through events that provide audiences with an impactful experience in an aesthetic atmosphere. 

This year, Art Circus hosted several events, including a songwriter’s workshop, songwriter’s showcase and a rock ballet, featuring Millikin bands and musicians paired with live dancers from the School of Theatre & Dance. The students produced the events utilizing strategic partnerships with Big Blue Sound, Ignite Studios, WJMU and a student contractor for services and promotions.

The skill of public presentation was added to the student learning outcomes for Art Circus. Students presented both a pitch and detailed, data-driven, post-event analysis. These formal presentations required appropriate attire, organized arguments and analysis, and the use of engaging digital AV technology.

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