Zot Artz “Arts for All” Workshop takes place July 27, 2015 from 10am to 3pm at the North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind in Grand Forks.
Zot Artz “Arts for All” Workshop Agenda is available here. For registration information e-mail Linda Olsrud firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Anne Carlsen Center, VSA North Dakota, North Dakota Council on the Arts, and Zot Artz are collaborating to bring three inclusive Zot Artz Experiences to Grand Forks, Bottineau, and Dickinson, North Dakota. This series of events will also include a Zot Artz Workshop in Grand Forks for those who work with or provide care supports to individuals with disabilities. In addition to providing a very unique arts experience to approximately 250 individuals, we also hope to empower more than 30 caring leaders who touch the lives of individuals with disabilities in North Dakota to learn and extend this experience so that we can multiply the number of those who can be touched by the arts. Instead of merely allowing individuals with disabilities to be included in traditional art activities, this program is designed specifically for individuals with disabilities and encourages typical aged peers to participate.
Connecting the Creative Dotz with Zot Artz consists of four signature Zot Artz Events. Three Zot Artz Experiences will be offered for individuals of all abilities in three different communities and one hands-on workshop will also be offered to teach, engage, and inspire educators, therapists, parents, and caregivers in the ways and means of facilitating the use of Zot Artz universally designed tools to connect their communities to this experience.
Most people don't consider themselves artists or even artistic. In addition, those who work with children and adults with disabilities are rarely art instructors. They are librarians, teachers, physical and occupational therapists, activity directors, recreation coordinators, parents, or volunteers. These are the real community leaders, when it comes to engaging individuals with disabilities, yet they do not feel qualified or comfortable teaching or facilitating art activities.
Dwayne Szot, not only teaches but empowers these community leaders with the confidence to help children and adults experience art, creativity, and self-expression. The adults who participate in Dwayne's workshop will take what they learn home to their communities and confidently create art experiences for those they serve. In all cultures and across all ideological divides, creative expression is a primary human need. It is necessary for self-fulfillment and self-esteem. Art is a form of creative expression in which individuals with disabilities can excel, given the opportunity.
Dwayne's mobile Artz Experience has given the gift of art to thousands of individuals across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia. Zot Artz events provide the program, art tools and supplies that allow for creative expression without boundaries. Preschoolers, children, teens, adults, veterans and seniors of all abilities have been touched by Dwayne love of art. In addition, Dwayne's unique approach to art has touched lives in many cultures and across nationalities, including Spanish, Cuban, Latin American, African American, and many Native Nations. Through the tools and activities he provides, he has inspired those with physical, multiple, hearing, and visual impairments, as well as those with behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, and autism.
Combining this unique arts experiences, with Dwayne's instructional work-shop makes it possible for all--teacher and student--to believe in their abilities.
Anyone who participates in Dwayne's workshop has the power to share, advocate, and become a Bush Fellow, assisting North Dakota communities in bringing more programs' like Zot Artz to individuals with disabilities where they live. Organizations like Anne Carlsen and VSA-ND work to make arts opportunities more readily available to individuals with disabilities every day, but a more concentrated effort is needed to connect the dotz between those who deliver services, supports, and experiences to those who need them. In rural states like North Dakota, this takes money, as well as leaders. A Bush Community Innovation Grant could also be extremely beneficial. We need to ban together and address how we can empower all of our state's providers of services to individuals with disabilities, with the tools and instruction to extend the Arts to all every day.
In existence since 1990, Zot Artz has evolved to bring arts experiences, workshops, and in-service training to schools, organizations, and other facilities throughout the United States and beyond. This grant will enable Anne Carlsen to team with VSA-ND and Zot Artz to bring Zot Artz Experiences to North Dakota. The art activities for each day include Print Making, Mural Painting (walking and rolling with art rollers), Pogo Paint Poles with Easel Man, Chalk Walk and Roll, Give it a Whirl, and Major Bubbles.
In addition to natural inclusion, these activities develop motor and social skills, concentration, ability to stay on task, sensory input processing, and self-esteem. Within each community, we will invite day-care programs, schools, museums, parks and recreation centers, residential and day activity programs, physical and occupational therapy programs to attend with children and adults of all abilities involved in their programs.
A Zot Artz Workshop will also be offered to anyone who works with or supports individuals with disabilities. The workshop provides hands-on instruction to facilitate the use of Zot Artz universally designed art tools. Attendees will receive an instructional packet containing reproducible handouts, an instructional DVD, and an Activity Guide on CD. Attendees will also leave with their own portfolio, certificate of completion, and Pogo Paint Pole Kit. Leaders from the same programs as above will be invited to participate. VSA-ND is also supporting the attendance of eight of its art instructors from across the state which will multiply our reach and contribute significantly to the number of lives we can touch.
Zot Artz Experiences involve a variety of activities that allow participants to take some of their art with them. The communities will also engage in a Virtual Art Show on social media featuring all of the participant's art. When possible, pre and post assessments are distributed and collected from the organizations or entities who bring participants to experience the day.
Workshops utilize pre and post assessments also to gain understanding of how attendees view their experience, as well as their increased knowledge of the principles of the Universal Design for Learners (UDL) and use of the adaptive tools and activities.
In a year when we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the American's with Disabilities Act, we are energized by the fact that we now turn our attention to creating new experiences for individuals with disabilities and we invite those without disabilities to join in.
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