USF Jesters offering free summer program for people with disabilities

June 25, 2013 FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Jesters program at the University of Saint Francis (USF) will offer a free performing arts program for people with disabilities on Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. on July 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27 and Sept. 3 at the USF dance studio in the back of the North Campus building.

The six-week summer program will include dance/movement, stories, theatre, percussion and music (instrumental and voice) activities, and will create a template for next year’s Jesters performance in spring 2014. Participants may take part in the performance, but are not required to do so. The program is free to anyone with a disability, regardless of his or 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, the program provides 20 weeks of customized, structured performing arts activities. Each spring, the Jesters program culminates in an original multi-media 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 is to help people with disabilities develop self-expression, self-esteem, socialization and other life skills while providing learning opportunities to the USF community and the community at large. The program is made possible in part through funding by the AWS Foundation.

Anyone interested in participating in the Jesters summer program can contact Molly McGowan in the School of Creative Arts at and include the name and age of the participant plus email and phone number, or call (260) 399-7700, ext. 8001. Director Allison Ballard can be contacted for more program information at or (260) 745-3107.

  The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: 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. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.

Media Contacts

For all University-related matters, please contact:

Trois Hart
Associate Vice President of Marketing
T: 260.399.8050
C: 260.415.2401

Yvonne Schroeder
Director of Communication
T: 260.399.7700 ext. 6413

Sandie Phalen
Director of Marketing and Development
Crown Point
T: 219.488.8888 ext. 5421


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