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Following the success of the Safe Haven Shelter charity event in which the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus helped create an experience by loaning one-of-a-kind historical treasures from their museum in Sarasota, FL, I worked with photographer Allen Clark to propose a line of products for the circus to broaden and capitalize upon that appeal. Taking Allen’s individual photographs of their circus performers, and combining it with a dose of historical look and feel, with a trendy look, we developed proposal materials, including posters, postcard sets, t-shirts, and souvenir cups.


This letterpress poster was created for a local fundraiser event benefiting Safe Haven Family Shelter based in Nashville, TN. The one-night-only exhibition event, created in partnership with Safe Haven, Allen Clark Photography, and Feld Entertainment (parent company of the Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus), focused on the cultural & historical appeal of the Circus as a quintessential piece of Americana, and worthy of consideration in the context of pure appreciation. The event also preceded the arrival of the circus in Nashville the following week, and press around the event also served the additional purpose, taking a cue from the early days of the circus, before the advent of mass media, when the “advance man” would arrive to town to promote the upcoming circus performances.

The event was titled “Museum And Menagerie: A Circus Celebration from Past to Present,” a nod to the early days of P.T. Barnum’s “Museum, Menagerie, & Circus.” In addition to Allen Clark’s amazing photography of circus performers, the event featured a rare glimpse at antique circus treasures (on loan from the Ringling Museum’s collection), a silent auction, circus-themed appetizers & drinks, and live performances from acrobats, musicians, and even a fire-eater. Proceeds from the event supported Safe Haven Family Shelter – the only shelter-to-housing program of its kind in the Nashville area that accepts entire homeless families, and provides comprehensive services that empower them to achieve lasting self-sufficiency.

This poster was offered to guests as a souvenir in exchange for donations at the event. In keeping with the event’s theme of bringing the history of the circus into modern contexts, we centered the poster’s design around a modern re-interpretation of the circus’ collective history, utilizing a combination of turn-of-the-century typography and silhouetted elements of circus performances, with a bright, cheerful color scheme. Local letterpress shop Kangaroo Press printed the posters.

Along with the poster design, we designed advertisements & promotional materials for the event, and the event proposal presentation.

Contribution: Design
Printing by Kangaroo Press.

Hurry, Hurry, Hurry! Make sure not to miss this spectacular event benefitting Safe Haven Family Shelter.

We are very excited to be working with Allen Clark, Feld Entertainment, and Safe Haven Family Shelter to create the face of this event with invitations, web blasts and letter press posters! Come down and help out a worthy cause all while enjoying inspired photography and great treasures from the Circus’ past, at an exciting one-night-only event next Thursday, January 12.

More information below, along with a gallery including our poster design, and some example of Allen Clark’s amazing circus photography.

Feld Entertainment, Inc., the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live entertainment, has partnered with local photographer Allen Clark to host Museum & Menagerie: A Circus Celebration from Past to Present benefiting Safe Haven Family Shelter on January 12. Clark was granted access behind the scenes of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® circus to create an exhibit featuring animals and performers that capture the fundamental beauty and magic of these classic icons. The photographs will be included in a silent auction to take place at the event. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, drinks, performers, items on display from the Ringling Bros. museum and live music by the band Bear Cub. (The event will also celebrate the upcoming Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Fully ChargedSM show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena from Jan. 26 to Jan. 29.)

What: Museum & Menagerie – A Circus Celebration from Past to Present benefiting Safe Haven Family Shelter
Where: The Berger Building, 162 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203
When: Thursday, January 12; 6:30 to 8:30pm
Tickets: $65 in advance (purchase online at www.safehaven.org); $75 at the door