Sonja Horoshko
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In 1995-96 Sonja Horoshko became Artist in Residence at Hovenweep National Monument on the border of Colorado/Utah and the Navajo Nation. Families began coming from "out there" to make art with her, in-situ, where there were no materials, no studio, and no agenda other than to render their "place" as a living experience of truth. A joint project between Horoshko and the children of the area, “Drawing Together—The Children Around Hovenweep,” was born in a culturally natural configuration: the professional artist mentors the student while making art together. This project with no educational bureaucracy, no schedule, and no enrollment procedure or requirement grew from Hovenweep, attracting relatives from Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. A one room, K-6 school with twenty-six students in a canyon just across the Colorado border joined the project in order to participate with their rural neighbors rendering visual language of place. During the next six years the project expanded to incorporate surrounding communities on the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation at Towaoc, Colorado, and to the opposite comer of the state in Peetz, also an isolated rural community.

Horoshko’s curriculum, Visual/Language Arts Vocabulary of Place, has garnered respect for image as marked language. The work has also been noted for the cultural border crossing or exchange of authentic points of view, the living record of first-hand experience in the reality, and the diversity of rural people and community.