Founded with support from Cirque du Soleil in 2013, ASCA is an association that connects and empowers youth art-based organizations (social, community, and for-profit) in Asia. It has members spanning from Kabul to Canberra. The association’s two core objectives are:
- Child rights and child protection advocacy throughout Asia
- Introduction of social circus as an empowerment medium for underprivileged communities across Asia
Founding members of ASCA include Dan Roberts of the Red Nose Foundation in Indonesia, Travis Johnson of the Vancouver Circus School in Canada, Jerry Snell from Street Arts for Street Kids in Thailand-Vietnam-Malaysia, David Mason from Mobile Mini Circus for Children in Afghanistan, and Jean-Noel Walkowiak from Phare Ponleu Selpak in Cambodia.