Serving on the Associate Board has been an incredible experience. Learning about the incredible work these artists create and do and the profound impact this organization has had on their lives has been nothing short of life-changing.
The Arts of Life is a wonderful organization that brings great opportunities for development to the community they serve and their families. It also brings a whole new life experience for the staff and volunteering that really creates a positive impact in your life.
I love their enthusiasm, passion and professionalism in everything they do. The art work they produce has a noble purpose essence in life which is full of color and texture with a deep personal mark printed by each one of the artist.
We love The Arts of Life for their comitment and for what they brought to our lives.
The Arts of Life is a Chicagoland treasure! They are a one-of-a-kind community that advocates for and provides services to artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arts of Life's artist are truly gifted and create the most unique and collectible art around. Every dollar truly makes a difference for this nonprofit and I will continue to go to Arts of Life events and support this organization however I can.
I've been working with Arts of Life for 4 years and I can say this organization is KEY for artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This organization helps to create leadership skills allowing the artist to grow professionally and independently. I've never been a part of such an amazing community as this one and I am so grateful for the opportunities I have had here as an artist mentor and intern.
The Arts of Life is changing the lives of more than 60 adult artists with disabilities -- it has been truly an honor to work with this group of incredible and dedicated people.
I have had such an enriching experience volunteering at the Arts of Life. I was able to work with incredible artists both in and outside their studio, and the exhibition we put on together was stellar. I also love the staff and administrators who keep everything running smoothly and working with volunteers to realize everyone's potential and needs. Such a great program!!
EVERYONE should know about this organization. Arts of Life is one of the only non-profits that allows adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to have a space to create art while strengthen their leadership skills. With the help of the organization, the artist's are given opportunities to showcase their work at places like Groupon HQ, Chicago Cultural Center, and Renegade Craft Fair. There's so much to love about Arts of Life, and more people should come and support. Plus, the art is AMAZING and the artist's are fun to hang out with.
I was an intern at Arts of Life in the Fall of 2018 and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only did they help me expand my writing and editing skill set, but I learned so much valuable information about the non-profit world, as well as the art world. The services and opportunities they provide for the artists that are patrons of Arts of Life are truly one of a kind and quite outstanding- and every one of the artists that I met had a passion for both Arts of Life and the work that they got to do there. Truly a 10/10 organization, although I can only rate it five out of five stars. I encourage any and everybody to look into this organization, volunteer, and donate as this is an organization that is so beneficial and helpful to artists with developmental disabilities and to their families.
For 20 years The Arts of Life has been assisting in empowering disabled adults achieve their dreams through the arts. The Arts of Life enables these wonderful people and their talents to be valued in our society. The joy and pride expressed by the artists and their achievements makes our world a better place.
This is an organization that truly makes a difference. Not only does the Arts of Life support its artist, they also empower them.The mission of Arts of Life is to employ and support artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These artists are provided with a working space, community, mentors and a professional gallery to exhibit the artists' works. This a truly amazing organization and I am proud and truly fortunate to be part of it.
This community is so near and dear to my heart. Seeing the development of so many amazing artists is spellbounding. I've been involved with the studio since 2003. It's a long-standing creative space for the differently abled. I feel so honored to call these artists part of my greater arts community.
I cannot say enough good things about Arts of Life. It is a tremendous organization, one that has been transformational in the life of my cousin and many others. I’m so grateful for their amazing work.
A family member chose to attend the Arts of Life North Shore Studio several years ago. Arts of Life has allowed his creative energy to find focus, purpose and success. He has exhibited and sold paintings, been involved in many artist-developed creative efforts including poetry, drama and music. The artists are supported and facilitated by the consistently fine staff and volunteers to let their talents rise and their voices be heard. I am always looking forward to the next event, exhibit, and opportunity created by and for the artists at Arts of Life.
Our son, Chris, had a traumatic brain injury 30 years ago and has spent many years in support group settings, clubhouses, and supported work settings. All of these options had trade-offs. He was a welder before his injury and never had any interest in painting until about a year ago when he began spending more and more time at home with art. We saw a newspaper article about the San Francisco Arts of Life studio and looked for one locally in Chicago. Arts of Life North Shore has been the answer to meaningful work for meaningful pay for Chris. He is not a Picasso, but is proud of his work and gains self-respect. The staff and volunteers are experts, caring, patient, accepting and provide on-going positive reinforcement for his efforts in a supportive environment. We couldn't ask for a better answer to our prayers!
Arts of Life is a wonderful place where artists with disabilities can create art and feel whole.
The Arts of Life gives individuals with disabilities opportunities for self expression and recognition of their artistic abilities that are often not readily available to them. We are impressed by the studios’ dedication to sharing the work of these "unseen" artists with the wider community through public art projects, gallery showings, partnerships, and a strong social media presence. The Arts of Life stands apart from other organizations for people with disabilities because it is committed to enriching theirs lives by facilitating their art-making as well as making them known. The Arts of Life is a creative and inspiring community where our son flourishes both as an individual and an artist.
Arts of Life is an amazing place. It offers such a great opportunity for each individual to express themselves. And it works because of the people who work there. They care and really want to help each person to realize their ability to create. They are committed to helping each person learn to work together, help one another and support each other.
I have worked at at Arts of Life North Shore as a painter-musician for over 5 years and it is still one of the greatest places on earth to work. We work independently of each other but as a community, too. We have many positive chances to make the studio what we want it to be, and make it better. It is a fun place with great music, poetry, drama, exhibits, art talks. You name it, we do it! Check out VanGoGo, our band, on iTunes!
What an amazing program and so well run. The artists in this program - each individuals with divergent abilities - accomplish things that no other program provides. It brings out skills and talent and intelligence overlooked by more traditional programs. The staff is devoted. And the environment accepting.
Our daughter, Becky, started attending Arts of Life in 2012. On our initial visit to Arts of Life in Glenview, we were thrilled with the commitment of the staff and their passion for guiding Arts of Life participants in the process of bringing their own concepts to each piece of their art. A treasured photo of Becky welcoming her first niece to our family was beautifully portrayed in her painting, capturing her pride in her new role as an Aunt. Becky not only enjoys the art projects. She has made many wonderful friends at the Arts of Life studio. Every participant has a vested interest in making the Arts of Life experience what they want it to be. The participants' input is respected, and considered as the staff plans future events and field trips. Becky truly feels she is an integral part of the Arts of Life community. She has blossomed artistically and socially. We are grateful we found the Arts of Life program and look forward to many, many years of fun and friendship at A of L! We are the proud parents of artist, Becky, and we happily support this wonderful organization. -- Rudy & Debbie
This is an incredible community for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They are respectful of each person and of the group in community, making decisions together,sharing their lives, their art and music in a most creative way and apply skills to activities of daily living.
My son attends the program and has made great gains and eagerly looks forward to participating. He also plays in their band, Van Go Go and has made many friends and really feels a positive connection to the leaders who are fellow artists doing their work together and sharing their lives. As a parent I couldn't think of a better place for my son!
I've volunteered for The Arts of Life for over 4 years and am so grateful I found it. The community is caring, respectful, vibrant, creative and open. I have never experienced anything like it. The artists have autonomy and are integrally involved in how their artistic practices are structured and the studio is run. I always leave with a smile on my face and a gratitude that I get to be a part of such an amazing place.
I never quite realized or appreciated that organizations like The Arts of Life existed to serve such a wonderful, talented, and (unfortunately) underserved population. After volunteering, I now know how important tAoL is, how committed and caring the staff is, and how the community it embodies is so instrumental in providing the artists an opportunity for personal expression, building self-assurance and developing mutual respect. It's a privilege to support their mission.
I volunteer once a week at Arts of Life . Great Art ! Affordable Prices ! Great talent !
I've volunteered off and on at the Arts of Life for three years. I keep coming back because it is one of the most radically accepting and welcoming places I've ever been to. I love the amount of acceptance and independence given to the artists, really embracing people at all different levels and stages of life and helping them succeed in the way that's best for them. All the staff are truly caring and friendly.
Arts of Life is a unique and wonderful organization, and I can't recommend highly enough!
The Arts of Life is an organization for artists with disabilities can make their own kind of art in a studio The studios are run by the community of artists. The staff are aides to the artists learning new skills for an example giving ideas how to do art talks. The studio have great artists with talents. The art of Life is a awesome place work as a disability artist.
My son began attending the Arts of Life five years ago and we continue to be impressed by and delighted with this organization. They have boundless creativity that shows itself in their daily activities, their outreach and their fundraising. The staff members are tremendous and, most importantly, they respect and build the dignity of their artists. Everything that happens here is about the artists and they are included from inception through execution.
I believe in the Arts of Life and last year I became Board President so that I could help continue and build the impact of this most excellent organization.
Nothing but great things to say. With a driven and passionate staff, Arts of Life continues to exceed my expectations. Experiences at the studio are intriguing, meaningful and impactful. Working with a variety of individuals with a variety of mediums is great for volunteers because everyone can find something they enjoy! Arts of Life also allows volunteers to take on more responsibility if they wish and hosts numerous events that are exciting and always for a great cause.
years ago my wife and i stumbled into the Chili Cook-Off event to support our friends that had volunteered their recipe. we had minimal idea what the event entailed but figured a couple bucks for unlimited chili and a couple beers, why not!?
we absolutely fell in love with The Arts of Life that night! the camaraderie between the artists and volunteers and spectators and workers and family members and everyone else around blew us away. we knew then that it was something we wanted to get behind.
fast forward 5+ years and we've been to as many events as we can possibly make it to, my wife has joined the Executive Board, and we are in our 4th year of raising money through an event at the gym that we own.
The Arts of Life is a wonderful organization and means the world to a lot of people.
Arts of Life treats adults with disabilities with the respect they deserve, enhancing their self-worth and empowering their decision-making. All in a nurturing environment that inspires creativity and individual growth.
Arts of Life is the best thing that ever happened to my daughter. She has autism and is mentally handicapped, but she now sees herself as an artist and derives such satisfaction and joy from that fact. The agency is a true community, involving people with a wide variety of disabilities and staff who are also artists. The agency is involved with the community through art fairs and field trips to art-related places and events. We love Arts of Life!
I have been associated with The Arts of Life for the past three years now. As a member of the Executive Board, I have seen the difference and impact this organization has made to the lives of several deserving artists with and without disabilities. Not only are they helping these artists groom and become independent, they are also helping them get noticed in the arts community through their far reaching initiatives. The Arts of Life is powered by great talent, dedicated and warm staff, and highly supportive volunteer community. They have witnessed consistent growth and change in the way they are achieving their mission.
I've had the opportunity to be both volunteer and donor for Arts of Life.
Volunteers are embraced for their talents and counted on fully to contribute to the success of both day-to-day activities and special events.
The organization is youthful and forward-thinking, and unique in its mission. My experience with it's artists, musicians, staff and voluneteers has been positive and rewarding.
About 5 years ago, I was lucky enough to find myself at the annual Chili Cook Off - a heart and soul (and belly) warming charity event hosted by a very special organization, The Arts of Life. They’re a Chicago area organization focused on adult artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities. After just this one event, I immediately fell in love. As I learned more about their mission and their truly innovative approach to creating vocational opportunities for their artists, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I currently serve on the Executive Board, and fall deeper and deeper in love with the staff, artists, volunteers, and community every day. There's something about the feeling you get when you walk into their studio, that you just can't put into words. I couldn't speak more highly of this organization!