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USF Jesters Accepting Registrations For Summer 2017

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 mmcgowan or (260) 399-8064.

For more info, please contact Jesters Program Director Allison Ballard at allis2b 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 toenhance 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.