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What are Social Roles?

Social roles are identities that people engage throughout their lives.  They can lead to feelings of involvement and purpose, and generally allow an individual to express what is important to them.  They connect people to broader communities of people with similar interests.  These roles are active and require participation.  They lead to a strong and connected sense of self.

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What are Social Roles?

Social roles are identities that people engage throughout their lives.  They can lead to feelings of involvement and purpose, and generally allow an individual to express what is important to them.  They connect people to broader communities of people with similar interests.  These roles are active and require participation.  They lead to a strong and connected sense of self.

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Meet a North Shore Artist: Aaron Kleeblatt

Meet Aaron Kleeblatt, one of the newest additions to The Arts of Life North Shore studio. He fills a much-needed role in our community: Artist as Social Commentator. His opinions are strongly held and don’t conform to anyone's expectations.

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North Shore Studio Visits the Art Institute of Chicago

Thanks to the Art Institute hosting free days for Illinois residents, the North Shore studio was able to take a field trip on Monday February 13th. It is rare that we are able to see such great works of art in person and our excursion was an amazing time for all who attended. Explore some of the highlights of our trip in the gallery below!

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Jamie Yuen gets the North Shore Moving!

 Thanks to the help of Jamie Yuen, The North Shore artists have had a blast implementing dance as a refreshing form of artistic expression. Jamie came to our studio in the summer of 2016 from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Since then she has become a vivacious and energetic presence at The Arts of Life!

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CHI Volunteer Spotlight: Kiley Hensrud

Since September of last year, Kiley Hensrud has been volunteering regularly at our Chicago Studio.  Kiley’s experience with art through schooling and her own practice allows her to bring fresh eyes to our artists’ projects and to draw creative inspiration for her own work from our community.

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Linda Ruzga, Artist of Month

March’s artist of the month in the Chicago studio is

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Square Foot Chat with Nikole and Russell

March is a busy time at The Arts of Life! In addition to it being Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, it is also the start of our 6th Annual Square Foot Show. The theme of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is "Life Side by Side", which perfectly fits the Square Foot Show since it's a great example of inclusion and different communities coming together. North Shore artists Nikole and Russell sat down to chat about the Square Foot Show and what it means for the community at large.

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North Shore Studio Expands Merchandise

Each year, The Arts of Life community creates thousands of pieces of original artwork. Our dedicated facilitators do their very best to ensure that artists’ work is seen by the public through exhibitions, art festivals and private viewings. But try as we might, there are always pieces that wind up in storage, waiting patiently for their moment to shine.

 

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Fresh Artwork on View at Printwell

A new rotation of artwork is currently installed at Printwell in Glenview! The featured artwork was made by Marcelo Añon, Cole Fox, Laura Greenberg, David Jonaitis, Laura McManus, Jack O'Sullivan, and Quinn Zenner. Stop by Printwell during business hours to view the artwork and learn more about the printing services that they offer. Printwell is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 5pm. They are located at 1717 Chestnut Ave in Glenview.

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