USF Jesters accepting registrations for summer 2015


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News release from the University of Saint Francis:

USF Jesters Accepting Registrations for Summer 2015

(May 1, 2015) — The Jesters of the University of Saint Francis is accepting registrations now from people with developmental disabilities for its five-week summer 2015 arts program in Fort Wayne.

The program will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays: August 11, 18 and 25 and September 1 and 8. Each session, except that of August 18, will meet in the dance studio at the USF North Campus, 2702 Spring St., across from the main campus. The August 18 session will be held in the Rolland Art Building off Leesburg Road.

Activities will include dance/movement, theatre, storytelling, puppetry, percussion and music (instrumental and voice) and visual arts. Registration fees are $30 per person and scholarships are available. The summer program is offered to anyone with a disability regardless of his/her involvement with the traditional Jesters program that is held annually, September to March.

To request registration forms, contact Molly McGowan in the School of Creative Arts at or (260) 399-7700, ext. 8001. Registrations will be accepted through July 24, 2015. Capacity is limited to the first 30 participants who register.

For more information, contact director Allison Ballard at or (260) 745-3107.


About the Jesters program
The Jesters program is funded in part by a grant from the AWS Foundation. Sponsored by the University of Saint Francis since 1978, the Jesters is a performing group of people with mild to severe developmental/physical disabilities. Each year from September to March, the program provides 22 weeks of customized, structured performing arts activities. Each spring, the Jesters program culminates in an original multi-media performance. The Jesters program enhances quality of life by engaging members in the creative arts, with a vision of developing self-expression, self-esteem, socialization and other life skills while providing learning opportunities to USF and the community.

About the University of Saint Francis
The University of Saint Francis is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2015. Founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, USF offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, the university designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. Currently 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence.


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