Hozhoni’s vision is for the artist to create films from their heart about who they really are. The development of the films provide and additional venue for self-expression by each artist. By incorporating their feelings, beliefs and understanding of how their disabilities have shaped their view of themselves and their world. 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 voiceovers.
WEEKLY EXPRESSIVE ARTS
The main emphasis of Hozhoni’s expressive arts classes is to encourage individuals to experience the beauty of their own self-expression through the dynamics of in-class performances. In-class performances are developed after short discussions regarding a topic chosen by the class participants; consequently, the performances are often spontaneous thereby enhancing the unique nature of the story being told. By utilizing a variety of techniques (Improv, Bhutto, surrealism and method acting), each session provides an opportunity for participants to become aware of the space in which they move and perform. This active approach allows the participants to tell their own stories and to foster awareness emotionally, cognitively, and physically.
For almost two years, the clients of the Hozhoni Foundation have discovered the art of play and progress in new ways under the expertise of Flag Aerial Arts Program Director Joanie Grant and co-facilitator Jordan Pletzer, along with Hozhoni instructors who accompany the group. Flag Aerial and Hozhoni’s partnership began with movement therapy, and has boomed into all-out circus exploration. With lowered equipment for safety and accessibility, the performers are able to improvise and play.
The Music Class began in 2011 as an extension of the filmmaking program. Based on the belief that anyone can play music representing naturalistic self-expression, the artists use various instruments and computers to create and record genuine, unique sounds based on emotional response. The artists have natural musical ability and are encouraged to explore their emotions. The results are often surprising, producing original sound tracts. The success of these experiences effects positive change in the participants and they, in turn, enjoy sharing their music with others.