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   Born of frustration in the midst of a Zoom classroom during the height of the pandemic, Joy- Mobile has one simple pur- pose: to spread joy.
and clowns with the purpose of entertaining all audiences, regardless of age, background or language.
suura Foundation and more, JoyMobile is offering free performances to any and all communities on O‘ahu, espe- cially those without access to the performing arts.
Rolling Into Communities With A Busload Of Joy
By Mark Branner, artistic director/producer of JoyMobile
 While several graduate students from the Univer- sity of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance were stuck online wondering what they could do to help the community during the pandemic, they devised a simple plan: Buy a bus. Travel around. Perform shows for free.
JoyMobile performers note that, “Bookmobiles bring books to those without access to libraries, Meals on Wheels brings healthy nutrition to the elderly, and mobile health clinics bring medical and dental care to the uninsured. We, however, are musicians, dancers, actors, jugglers clowns ...We bring joy — to all audiences.”
JoyMobile, is sponsored by Artists for Community Transformation International, a 501(c)(3) that seeks to bring peace and hope to local com- munities by providing access to the arts for all.
Now, after a wildly suc- cessful first season, JoyMo- bile is back, filled with actors, dancers, musicians, jugglers
The “Grand Opera Diva” sings while her helpers turn her dress into a circus tent. Performing in, out and around the “circus bus,” JoyMobile travels around O‘ahu, spreading joy. PHOTO COURTESY JOYMOBILE
Funded by dozens of in- dividual donors along with local foundations, such as The Awesome Foundation, The Kenneth and Diane Mat-
Follow the adventures of JoyMobile on Instagram (@joymobilehawaii), and donate to our mission at art- istsforcommunity.givingfuel. com/joymobile.
Book a JoyMobile perfor- mance at
      We protect our pack.
You should too.

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