USF Jesters accepting registrations for 2015-2016


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News release from the University of Saint Francis:

USF Jesters accepting registrations for 2015-2016

(August 27, 2015) — The University of Saint Francis is accepting registrations for 2015-2016 Jesters arts programs. People ages 6 and older with developmental disabilities can participate in this program.

Jesters’ activities begin Saturday, Sept. 12 and meet weekly in the USF North Campus dance studio, 2702 Spring St., across from the main campus.

The performing arts program meets from 10 a.m. to noon and activities will include dance/movement, theatre, storytelling, puppetry, percussion and music (instrumental and voice). Children and adults are welcome to attend the morning for a fee of $60.

Only adult participants registered for the morning performing arts program are eligible to register for the afternoon visual arts program, held on Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. in the Rolland Center, Sept. 12-Dec. 12. The afternoon visual arts program requires an additional fee of $20 and is limited to 25 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Scholarships for both programs are available.

Jesters will meet Saturdays from Sept. 12 to Dec. 12 (except Nov. 28 due to Thanksgiving). The program will not meet Dec. 19, Dec. 26, Jan. 2 or Jan. 9 due to holiday break. The performing arts program will resume January 16 and will continue meeting Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through March 12.

The spring 2016 performance will be Saturday, March 12 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 13 at 3 p.m. at the North Campus auditorium.

Those interested can contact Molly McGowan in the School of Creative Arts at or 260-399-8064 to request registration forms. For more information, contact director Allison Ballard at or 260-745-3107. Registrations will be accepted through Saturday, September 26.

Sponsored by the University of Saint Francis since 1978, the Jesters is a performing group of people with mild to severe developmental/physical disabilities. Jesters 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. The program is funded in part by the AWS Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Indiana Arts Commission and Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne.


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. The university will open a Downtown Fort Wayne Campus in the fall of 2016 that will feature business, entrepreneurship and music technology programs. Currently 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence.


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