After more than a year of planning and fundraising, the plans for ZYEP’s new facility, H'on A:wan Community Park are finalized and construction has begun.
H'on A:wan (“of the people”) Community Park will be a 2.5 acre complex including an athletic turf field, community center, walking trail, community garden, basketball court, traditional ovens and more. The community center will house ZYEP’s staff offices, as well as classroom space for summer camp and other instruction and a large indoor/outdoor performance space for dances, musical performances and events. H'on A:wan Community Park is located near the central Village and along the Zuni River on Chimoni Drive, easily accessible to much of the community. To design H'on A:wan, ZYEP worked closely with community artists, culture-bearers, the Tribal Council, and community members to create the best possible fit for the Zuni community. Zuni art and culture are integrated into all aspects of park design.
ArtPlace America's Community Development Investments program assists organizations undertake community planning and development that incorporates arta nd culture at a core level. Since ZYEP's selection as a $3 million CDI grantee, we have worked closely with Zuni artists and cultural leaders to understand what a community facility founded in Zuni art and culture would look like.
The Artists Committee was formed to help guide this work and these Zuni artists have met regularly over the last year with ZYEP staff, the site design firm, and the community. Growing from this intensive process, H'on A:wan Community Park's design plan incorporates Zuni art and culture at every step.
From the outdoor performance space to changeable sculpture and painting installations, from flooring patterns featuring traditional art to youth renditions of the Zuni Clan symbols, H'on A:wan Community Park will be authentically Zuni, visually striking, and a model for community development in Native communities.
Ground Breaking Ceremony
On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, ZYEP held a ground breaking ceremony for Ho'n A:wan Community Park. This event started with the Zuni High School Blue-Out walk/run with the Zuni High School Football Team leading the way. Many community members and Zuni youth joined this event. The walk/run started at the old Dowa Yalanne Elementary school parking lot heading to Chimoni Drive, where the Community Park will be built. Speakers at the ground breaking included Zuni Tribal Council, ZYEP Co-Directors, Tom Faber and Joseph Claunch, and members of the ZYEP Board. The ceremony ended with a colorful Rainbow Dance by the Kallestewa Dance group.