Arts of Life

Arts of Life serves over 60 visual artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities at two locations: our North Shore studio is in suburban Glenview and our Chicago studio is located in West Town. Each studio has a gallery space with year-round programming, featuring guest curators and artists from around Chicago. In addition, each studio supports an independent musical band that regularly practices and performs throughout Chicagoland.

The studio artists and their work have been featured in prestigious venues throughout the world including Carl Hammer Gallery, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, INTUIT Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, and the Museum of Everything in London.

Arts of Life defies singular categorization. Our studio is not an employment program, nor is it an art school or art therapy program. We are an outsider artist incubator that encapsulates an artist collective and a working gallery. Above all, Arts of Life is a creative and collaborative alternative day program, a community made of equals who push each other to become the very best version of themselves. Our environment promotes equal ownership for each member, naturally encouraging artists to develop a sense of their own independence. We are committed to crafting a space where everyone feels genuine respect, trust, and, most importantly, that they feel their voice is welcome and heard.                 

Arts of Life is a registered 501(c)3


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