Creating New Worlds for Children and Adults with Deafness, Hearing and Vision Loss
The Holley Institute, founded in 1993, is devoted to serving the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard  of Hearing.

The Institute is closely affiliated with St. John Hospital & Medical Center and has two facilities. The Center for Communication Excellence located in St. John Hospital & Medical Center serves as the hub for the Institute. It is here that we screen all newborns for hearing loss, set up ASL classes in all of St. John/Providence hospitals, and advocate for the Deaf, in particular our Deaf patients. During the winter and spring months our Program Director organizes all summer programs here at the Center.

The Carls Family Village is our other facility. It is here that we carry out all of our summer programs and take rental requests for the building outside of our programs.


Art and Drama Week

ACORN: Art and Drama Week

Artistry Communication Opportunity Resources Nurture
Sunday, July 23 - Friday, July 28, 2017
   Camille Jeter-Lorello, Co-Founder 
Frank Dattolo, Co-Founder
A.C.O.R.N. Theatre Camp promotes and fosters
Artistry, Communication, Opportunity, Resourcefulness and Nurture.

Visit their website: acorndeaftheatre.org

In an outdoor retreat-style environment for the Deaf and hard of hearing middle school and high school aged students use theatre craft to encourage pride, self-esteem, and independence.

The participants will also work with some of artists from the Deaf Arts Festival organization in creating props and costumes for the showcase.

Program Description: ACORN (Artistry, Communication, Opportunity, Resourcefulness and Nurture) Art and Drama Week will help middle and high school-aged students who are Deaf, hard of hearing or whose parents are Deaf develop pride, self-esteem and independence while learning theatre craft in the Family Village's beautiful outdoor setting. Additionally artists from the local nonprofit organization Deaf Arts Festival will help participants learn to create stage props and costumes for the showcase.

This summer's ACORN Art and Drama Week will engage youth participants in a reenactment of the book, Voices in the Park.  It is a story told through four people's different perspectives regarding an incident that took place at the park. There is a mean mom and her son, Charles, and a sad father and his daughter, Smudge and their pesky dogs. The story changes with each character's point of view. The same park changes from colorful and cheerful to dark and scary depending on which character is telling the story. Join ACORN this summer to find out what each character thinks of their trip to the park. While the program participants learn the ART (Adjust, Respect, and Teamwork) of life, they will also explore more about community in general and how people in a community work together.



Program Fee: $250 per person

To register:Complete the registration form and mail with your $150 non-refundable deposit.
Made payable to the Holley Family Village. Scholarships available. 




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