May 12

AUTHOR: Jasmine Bejar
CATEGORY: Stories of Impact


USF Jesters Accepting Registration for Summer 2017

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USF Jesters Accepting Registrations for Summer 2017

May 8, 2017 FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The University of Saint Francis Jesters is accepting registrations from people with developmental disabilities for its summer 2017 program. The program will include a series of workshops designed to give people with developmental disabilities opportunities to explore the performing arts. Each session will include two weekly 1.5-hour workshops for a total of 3 hours of service per 2-week session:

  • Dance and Choreography- June 20 and 27, 6:30-8 p.m., $15
  • Theatre and Improvisation-July 11 and 18, 6:30-8 p.m., $15
  • Storytelling- July 25 and August 1, 6:30-8 p.m., $15

Participants can register for all 6 weeks or a single 2-week session. Activities will focus on creating a template for next year’s Jesters performance to be presented spring 2018. However, the summer program is offered to anyone with a developmental disability regardless of his/her involvement with the traditional Jesters program that is held annually, September–March.

Registrations will be accepted through June 2, 2017. Capacity is limited to the first 25 participants who register for each session. To request registrations forms, please contact Molly McGowan in the School of Creative Arts at or (260) 399-8064.

For more info, please contact Jesters Program Director Allison Ballard at or (260) 750-4838.

The Jesters program is funded in part by grants from the AWS Foundation, the ME Raker Foundation, the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sponsored by USF since its founding in 1978, the Jesters is a performing arts program for people with mild to severe developmental disabilities. Each year from September to March, the program provides weekly customized arts activities. Each spring, the Jesters program culminates in an original multimedia performance. The purpose of the Jesters is to enhance quality of life for people with disabilities by engaging them in the creative arts. The vision of the program is to help people with disabilities develop self-expression, self-esteem, socialization and other life skills while providing learning opportunities to USF students and the community.

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral 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, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. In 2016, the University of Saint Francis expanded its presence to downtown Fort Wayne. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis offers a robust campus experience including 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and three team NAIA national championships, and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.