We empower adults of all abilities and their caregivers using Fashion, Art and Design on their path to achieve artistic recognition, dignity and financial independence.
what we do
aZul - Fashion, Art & Design is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to offering alternative art-focused programs for adults with disabilities (i.e. down syndrome, autism, and other disabilities) and their caregivers/families. Our philosophy focuses on bringing empowering experiences that transform family dynamics, integrate social skills, workforce skills, personal skills, and therapeutic artistic activities for better mental health.
We believe that everyone deserves opportunities to develop their artistic strengths, self expression, and to get empowered to start their own brand! Our programs are divided into 3 key approaches - all flexible and uniquely tailored to each individual or organization, and encourage team collaborations between Creatives (person with disabilities) and Collaborators (caregiver).
Eco-Friendly, Fashion Design
Use fashion design techniques to design artistic, hand made and up-cycled garments. Learn more about our signature program, Follow The Thread (fashion design and entrepreneurship) which goes beyond with branding and business strategies to launch a sustainable fashion design brand.
Programs are individually tailored to the needs of each person and/or organizations partnering with us.
Sustainable & Artistic Short Programs
Hands-on experiences with art focused, creative and/or social applications. Besides learning new skills, Creatives enjoy therapeutic artistic activities that allow exploration of soft skills, personal growth, motivation and empowerment.
Our signature programs aZul Moves (music and movement) and Fabricating Smiles (networking and soft skills) offer diverse ways for learning, fun and growth.
Creative Learning Opportunities
Our inclusive, artistic field trips offer Creatives opportunities to explore different art mediums while interacting with the community through local artists and organizations.
Social interactions and soft skills are one of the challenges adults with disabilities often face. Participation in these activities build relationships with eachother, while we all foster a more diverse community.