The Hozhoni Foundation’s art program, founded in 1995, was the first of its kind in the southwest. The program was established for a group who expressed an interest in art, but could not be integrated into other programs due to physical and emotional disabilities, socially unacceptable behaviors, and aggression towards either themselves or others. Over the years, the art program has grown in participants with varying degrees and types of disabilities. Its goal is to enhance the quality of life for these Flagstaff, Arizona residents through successful experiences in art in a safe environment.
Hozhoni’s art program provides visual arts experiences in drawing, filmmaking, painting, pottery, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, and wood and leather carving. The studio staff are all artists themselves. Their job is to facilitate without interfering with the artists’ creativity. The studio relies on community artist volunteers and artists-in-residence to teach new skills and techniques, as well as collaborate on projects and exhibitions. We are proud to have been recognized by the Arizona Department of Economic Security Division of Developmental Disabilities in 2000 for Best Practice Award.
Artists participating in Hozhoni’s art program benefit from:
- Increased self-esteem
- Increased communication skills
- Increased independent choice making skills
- Community integration
- Increased fine motor skills
- Reduction in violent behaviors towards others and self
- Reduction of socially unacceptable behaviors
- Increased independence
Some other programs offered by the Hozhoni Foundation include: residential and employment training services, speech therapy, music therapy, massage therapy, dental hygiene, and yoga. These diverse offerings are in place to ensure optimal physical and mental well-being of the adults with developmental disabilities we serve.
Studio Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Hozhoni Art Gallery, opened in 2007, is dedicated to the works of individuals with disabilities – the first of its kind in the Southwest. The purpose of the Gallery is to integrate these artists into the mainstream art community and to assure the best quality art program Hozhoni can provide by increasing the overall exposure of their artwork. The artists are showcased through various exhibits throughout the year and the profits made from sales supplement the artists’ income directly.
Hozhoni’s rule is that people with disabilities make movies about people with disabilities. The nature of the video class is for students to do everything from writing the story to filming to editing their camera work. Some of the filmmakers even do their own sets, costumes, and voice overs.
The main idea behind the recently developed (and continuing to be developed) music class was that anyone could play music. It wasn’t thought out much beyond that. It was as simple as inheriting a small cache of homeless instruments. We couldn’t let them just sit there.