Hozhoni Foundation Art Program was started to provide a nourishing
environment for artists with Developmental disabilities and mental
illness to indulge in creative self- expression. (Similar to Project
Ability in Glasgow) The program provides an art studio space and
materials. The program has been very successful and received the
'Best Practise Award' in 1999 from the State of Arizona. The individuals
in the programs have never had the opportunity to express themselves
through the visual arts. Their images are honest and pure. They
express themselves with the freedom of the hidden impulse. '
Engel, the Hozhoni Foundation, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
The Hozhoni Foundation values integrity, creativity, teamwork, communication,
respect, competence and compassion. Established as a non- profit
organisation in 1971 to provide residential , vocational and educational
services for people with developmental disabilities, Hozhoni has
offices in Flagstaff and Prescott. It is a state and federation
funded agency that is split into two services: day program and residential.
" The day program generally has 80 to 100 people , depending
on the season, and the residential program has 85 people,"
said Terri Engel, the assistant day program director.
the residential services , the organisation tries to provide alternative
living arrangements for the people it serves. The living arrangements
vary from a traditional group home settings to independant and semi-independant
settings. Medical, social and recreational programs are provided
for the residents, including innovative programs created to address
the needs of the individual. The residential facilities are licensed
and monitored by the state...............
part of the day program, the Hozhoni Foundation has an art class
for adults with developmental disabilites. The adults come every
day and work in the studio with instructors. " It's like a
small fine art department" Engel said. '
from an artcle written by Christina Graves, March-April Issue, 'The