Formerly Clowns of America, COAI was founded in its current form in 1984. In the early 1980s Clowns of America had financial problems. This led to its breakup and the founding of COAI and the World Clown Association.
It comprises numerous "alleys", local clown clubs which act as meeting places for members, and general membership is available to anyone 16 and over for $40 (renewed annually with $35 membership dues). Junior Joey membership is available for children from 8-15 for $30 (renewed annually for $25 Its regular publication, The New Calliope, functions as a means of communication and news updates.
- Mid Atlantic Clown Association
- Mid West Clown Association
- Southeast Clown Association
- Texas Clown Association
- Charlie Award
- Clown society
- The New Calliope