Just Clowning Around of Northern Virginia (JCA) was founded in February of 1985 as a not for profit organization for clowns in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC area. The members of JCA aren’t just clowning around… They are children’s entertainers. In addition to being clowns, most members also do other things including face painting, balloon twisting, magic, and juggling. JCA provides its members with a social network and learning opportunities to grow their skills. JCA members provide community service by offering their clown services to other local nonprofit organizations and by participating in area parades. JCA accepts donations for their performances and then turns those donations around to an annually selected charity.
The purpose of JCA is to promote, preserve and present the time-honored profession of clowning. The alley will provide the opportunity for each member to study the art, history and philosophy of clowning; promote clowning as a clean, wholesome form of family entertainment; and is dedicated to bring smiles and laughter to persons of all ages.
JCA is part of Clowns of America International (COAI). JCA is COAI Alley #170 – Vienna, VA.
JCA members are clown volunteers who perform at functions in the name of JCA. All have been trained in some aspect of clowning and have passed a makeup and costume board. Many JCA members are also members of World Clown Association (WCA) and COAI. Thanks to JCA, our members have the opportunity to network with other area clowns, participate in monthly meetings, and gain experience performing with other clowns.
JCA operates exclusively within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Code. Organizations Exempt From Income Tax, Under section 501(C) (4), Section C. Exempt Organization Reference Chart; Social and Recreation Clubs 501 (C) (7).