Inclusive art program 'Zot Artz' comes to Dickinson

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DICKINSON, N.D. - A national art program that made its way to Dickinson focuses on making art accessible for people of all abilities.

These artists aren't using paint brushes or pencils to create a masterpiece.

Zot Artz uses wheelchair rollers, paint poles, and chalk drawers to help people express themselves.

"Really, truly, a whole new way of being creative. Everyone. All of us. And all means all. Walking and rolling," said Dwayne Szot, Founder

The program's mission is to help people with disabilities create works of art.

Szot says his experience growing up with siblings who had cerebral palsy shaped and inspired him.

"I remember experiences like giving my foster sister a ride in the red wagon to catch the bus because with her cp, and her crutches, she couldn't get there fast enough and was always late," said Szot.

The Anne Carlsen center which works with people with disabilities teamed up with Szot to bring his program to Dickinson.

"We like to emphasize all aspects of a full and rich life, and an independent life, and art being one of them," said Eric Monson, CEO of the Anne Carlsen Center.

Szot says it is important for individuals to create, and feel like they are a part of a community.

"When somebody rolls through one of our giant paintings, and creates a mark, for the first time ever, that's what it's about. It's about that completeness of experience," said Szot

Zot Artz will be featured at the Closing the Gap Conference in Minneapolis next month.

Szot created the painting wheelchair in 1990. ​