USF Jesters offering summer program for people with disabilities

June 23, 2014 FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Jesters, a University of Saint Francis performing arts program for people with disabilities, is offering summer sessions on the following Tuesdays: July 29, Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26 and Sept. 2 from 6-7:30 p.m., with all sessions but Aug. 19 held in the dance studio at the back of the university's North Campus at 2702 Spring St. The Aug. 19 session will be in the Rolland Center for Art and Visual Communication on Leesburg Road.

The six-week summer program will include dance/movement, stories, theater, percussion and music (instrumental and voice), while creating a template for next year's Jesters performance on March 7 and 8. The summer program is open to anyone with a disability, regardless of his/her involvement with the traditional Jesters program held annually September through March.

Sponsored by USF since its founding in 1978, the Jesters is a performing group of people with mild to severe developmental/physical disabilities. Each year from fall through spring, the program provides 22 weeks of customized, structured performing arts activities. Each spring, the Jesters program culminates in an original multi-media performance.

Jesters exists to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities by engaging them in the creative arts. The program helps them develop self-expression, self-esteem, socialization and other life skills, while providing learning opportunities to the USF and local communities. It is funded in part by a grant from the AWS Foundation.

The summer program costs $30. Scholarships are available. The registration deadline is July 25, and the program is limited to the first 30 registered participants. Make checks payable to the University of Saint Francis.

For registration forms or more information, contact director Allison Ballard at or (260) 745-3107; or Molly McGowan at the USF School of Creative Arts at (260) 399-7700, ext 8001.

The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, the university designs focused curriculum for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point on online. More than 2,400 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence.

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