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OUR MISSION

​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 is aZul?

 

We are 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 flexibly tailored and emphasize teamwork as a Creative (the apprentice) and Collaborator (the caregiver able to continue concepts at home), Our programs are divided into 3 key approaches that are flexibly tailored and encourage team collaborations between Creatives (person with disabilities) and Collaborators (caregiver):

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3 young women posed with 1 finger over their mouths, mimicking artwork hanging as backdrop
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people walking around at an art gallery exhibition
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young man with disabilities smiling next to fabric patchwork artwork

​​Our Eco-Friendly Programs

Our Fashion Design oriented programs focus on learning the tools of the trade to design artistic, hand made garments. 

Programs are tailored to the abilities of each person and/or the needs of each organization partnering with us.

Learn more about our signature program,

Follow The Thread and launch your sustainable fashion design brand!

Short Artistic Programs

As a hands on learning experience, participants in our short artistic programs interpret materials

to create artistic pieces using upcycling skills.

In addition, Creatives have access to therapeutic artistic activities to connect with motivation and empowerment.

We encourage practice at home as a creative outlet.

ActiveArt Lunch

Artistic field trips offer an opportunity to explore different art mediums, opening doors for learning opportunities while interacting with the community.

Social interactions and soft skills are some of the challenges that are faced in the real world; by participating in these activities they can build new relationships with local artists while we all foster a diverse community.

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