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Band of Jugglers
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Craig Quat teaches hand-eye coordination with one of his custom juggling props. Photo courtesy of Viktor Kee Foundation

The Band of Jugglers is a group of talented young object manipulators who first worked together in the early 2000s. They shared an interest in exploring ways to expand accessibility to the ancient art of juggling with people who might experience its therapeutic, developmental, and emotional benefits anew. Working with many types of simple, traditional props, they developed workshops with several residential care facilities in the New York metropolitan area to expand direct personal accessibility to the experience.

Craig Quat, one of the original members, now lives and works in Cardiff, Wales, where he develops new types of juggling props specially designed for people with various physical and emotional challenges. Known as QuatProps, many will be demonstrated for the first time in the United States at the 2017 Folklife Festival.

While the art of juggling is one of the most ancient of the circus arts (images of jugglers found in Egyptian tombs date as far back as the year 2000 BCE), the Smithsonian is pleased to reunite the Band of Jugglers to share their innovative work and vision with the public once again.


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