Zot Artz History and Mission

Zot Artz Little Paint RollerInclusive activities designed for people with disabilities

Creative expression is a primary human need, necessary for self-fulfillment and self esteem.  Art is a form of creative expression in which individuals with disabilities can excel, given the opportunity.

Zot Artz Arts for All provides services, programs, art tools and supplies that allow individuals with different levels of abilities to creatively express themselves.

Mission: We do this differently than anyone else.  Rather than finding ways for people with disabilities to participate in activities for non-disabled people, we create entirely new activities and projects for people with disabilities and invite those without disabilities to join in. 

History: Zot Artz Arts for All began in 1990 with a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation.  Since then, Zot Artz has created hundreds of special art events around the world, and helped schools, museums, residential and day centers, independent living centers, park and rec programs and others put the art tools to work in their programs.  There are always fun new art tools on the drawing board, and new ways to use art in recreation, education, therapy and fundraising.

The Artists We Serve

We serve pre-schoolers, young children, teens, adults, seniors of all abilities, including those with:

  • physical impairments
  • multiple impairments
  • hearing and visual impairments
  • behavioral disorders
  • learning disabilities
  • autism

Many of our artists have cerebral palsy, muscular distrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, cystic fibrosis, injuries, spina bifida, birth defects, autism, and other conditions.


In addition to the joy of creating art with friends and family, our artists benefit with the enhancement of:

  • Motor skills
  • Social skills
  • Concentration
  • Ability to stay on task
  • Sensory input processing
  • Self esteem