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    University of Saint Francis

    Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan traditions of Faith and Reason, the University of Saint Francis engages a diverse community in learning, leadership, and service.

    AWS grants given:

    • 2019: Program support for the Jesters
    • 2018: Autism Symposium with Dr. Laurie Sperry
    • 2017: North Campus auditorium sound board used by Jesters
    • 2016: To pilot a program for developmental and medical screenings of preschool aged children in the Nursing curriculum
    • 2014: Five-years program support for the Jesters, a performing and creative arts program for people with disabilities

    Jesters Performing Arts Group

    As one of the region’s largest and longest-running theatrical troupes, the Jesters performing group has engaged individuals with disabilities in the creative arts for the past 35 years. Sponsored by the University of Saint Francis since its founding in 1978, Jesters is composed of individuals with mild to severe developmental or physical disabilities ranging in age from six to adult.

    Committing $250,000 at $50,000 per year over a five year period, AWS Foundation is proud to support this program that provides 20 weeks of customized, structured movement and dance, music (instrumental and voice), theatre and visual arts activities that offer an important creative and social venue for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Each spring, the program culminates in an original production performed by Jesters participants. In addition, the troupe performs annually at the disAbilities Expo.

    For more information, contact Jesters Director Allison Ballard at 260.745.3107 or Molly McGowan at 260.399.7700, ext. 8001.