The Atlanta Jugglers Association was founded by Rodger French and Toni Shifalo, a pair of clowns who performed throughout the Southeast as "Lenny and La Banana". Both of them are no longer in the Atlanta area but are still active in the club by email and when they're in town.
Regular meetings began in 1978 at what was then the Moreland School and is now the Little Five Points Center for Arts and Community. The club members taught juggling to the school children every week.
Today a typical meeting will draw between five and twenty-five jugglers at all levels of ability to work on individual tricks, show off new stuff, or pass props in complicated games of catch. We have others come to watch, especially in the summer months when we are outdoors. We are always happy to teach anyone to juggle. Our meetings have always been free and open to the public.
We are the oldest affiliate club of the International Jugglers Association. We hosted the IJA festival here in Atlanta in July 1985. See the picture and read the article 1 and article 2 published in Juggler's World magazine.
For many years we were a non-profit affiliate of the IJA but in April 2018 we obtained approval for our own 501(c)(3) non-profit designation with the IRS. Donations to the Atlanta Jugglers Association are tax exempt.