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Volunteer

Our community thrives and depends on the unique skills and capabilities of everyone involved with The Arts of Life. Our volunteers assist artists with projects, teach new art skills, design databases, plan special events, assist in grant applications, and much more.

A View From Inside The North Shore with Gail Weisman

“It’s an artistic experience and not just visual. I feel inspired and lucky to be here.” Gail Weisman expressing her view on the North Shore Arts of Life!

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The Arts of Life Holiday Party, Oh What Fun!

Dear Arts of Life Friends & Community Members,

On January 21, our Executive and Associate Boards and The Arts of Life staff kicked off the year in style with a holiday party.  A big thank you to the party organizers and to Rogue Philanthropy for hosting us!

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CHI Volunteer Spotlight: Ella Zhu!

The Chicago Studio felt blessed this Fall when Ella Zhu came in for her first day and told us that she would be coming in four days a week for up to a year.  After volunteering at the studio for 3 months in 2014, Ella found her way back to us this year.

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Poetry Workshops at the North Shore Studio

In addition to being stellar visual artists, many folks at the North Shore studio have an interest in creative writing. Long-time volunteer Cindy Shanker facilitated several poetry workshops at the end of 2016 for those wordsmiths. First, the group listened to some poetry read aloud to get the creative juices flowing. Then they worked together to create poems inspired by each other’s artwork. “The idea is still evolving,” said Cindy.

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NS Spotlight Volunteer: Martin Grill

One of our latest and greatest volunteers Martin (Marty) Grill joined our community this past July! Marty has been a tremendous help to the North Shore. With his background in photography and graphic design, he has a well-developed eye for design. Quickly becoming a strong presence in our studio, Marty presents a warm worldly vibe and radiates wisdom. Enjoy an interview between Marty and Phil Gazzolo: 

How did you hear about the Arts of Life?

 I found it on VolunteerMatch I was looking for volunteer opportunities and this appealed to me.

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CHI Volunteer Spotlight: Kevin Piehl

In a studio full of strong personalities, our Chicago artists and staff appreciate the calm presence and consistency of Kevin Piehl, an active volunteer who supports artists in artmaking and other daily studio activities.  We sat down with him this week to learn more about his experience as a volunteer and his life outside the studio.     

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How We Make It

On Friday, April 22nd, we will celebrate the life of our founding artist, Ronnie Cuculich, with the opening of our "How We Make It" show.  We will be showing a documentary called "Life and Where I'm At: The Life and Art of Ronnie Cuculich",  listening to some of her favorite musicians like Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and Elvis Presley, and having a potluck dinner full of Ronnie's favorite foods.

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Chicago Studio Volunteer Spotlight: Manju Muralidharan

The Arts of Life has numerous events and exhibitions throughout the year and with that comes a high demand for graphic designs! Every poster, flyer, and event invite you have seen for the past year has been meticulously crafted by our Design Intern Manju. Read on about Manju and her experience interning at The Arts of Life from afar in California! 

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Volunteer Spotlight David Bremer

Meet David Bremer, an artist with an eye for color and an enthusiasm for all things creative that is contagious. David graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a B.A. in Art and Design. A man of many mediums, David draws, paints, and sculpts.

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A View From Inside The North Shore with Gail Weisman

“It’s an artistic experience and not just visual. I feel inspired and lucky to be here.” Gail Weisman expressing her view on the North Shore Arts of Life!

read more

The Arts of Life Holiday Party, Oh What Fun!

Dear Arts of Life Friends & Community Members,

On January 21, our Executive and Associate Boards and The Arts of Life staff kicked off the year in style with a holiday party.  A big thank you to the party organizers and to Rogue Philanthropy for hosting us!

read more

CHI Volunteer Spotlight: Ella Zhu!

The Chicago Studio felt blessed this Fall when Ella Zhu came in for her first day and told us that she would be coming in four days a week for up to a year.  After volunteering at the studio for 3 months in 2014, Ella found her way back to us this year.

read more

Poetry Workshops at the North Shore Studio

In addition to being stellar visual artists, many folks at the North Shore studio have an interest in creative writing. Long-time volunteer Cindy Shanker facilitated several poetry workshops at the end of 2016 for those wordsmiths. First, the group listened to some poetry read aloud to get the creative juices flowing. Then they worked together to create poems inspired by each other’s artwork. “The idea is still evolving,” said Cindy.

read more

NS Spotlight Volunteer: Martin Grill

One of our latest and greatest volunteers Martin (Marty) Grill joined our community this past July! Marty has been a tremendous help to the North Shore. With his background in photography and graphic design, he has a well-developed eye for design. Quickly becoming a strong presence in our studio, Marty presents a warm worldly vibe and radiates wisdom. Enjoy an interview between Marty and Phil Gazzolo: 

How did you hear about the Arts of Life?

 I found it on VolunteerMatch I was looking for volunteer opportunities and this appealed to me.

read more

CHI Volunteer Spotlight: Kevin Piehl

In a studio full of strong personalities, our Chicago artists and staff appreciate the calm presence and consistency of Kevin Piehl, an active volunteer who supports artists in artmaking and other daily studio activities.  We sat down with him this week to learn more about his experience as a volunteer and his life outside the studio.     

read more

How We Make It

On Friday, April 22nd, we will celebrate the life of our founding artist, Ronnie Cuculich, with the opening of our "How We Make It" show.  We will be showing a documentary called "Life and Where I'm At: The Life and Art of Ronnie Cuculich",  listening to some of her favorite musicians like Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and Elvis Presley, and having a potluck dinner full of Ronnie's favorite foods.

read more

Chicago Studio Volunteer Spotlight: Manju Muralidharan

The Arts of Life has numerous events and exhibitions throughout the year and with that comes a high demand for graphic designs! Every poster, flyer, and event invite you have seen for the past year has been meticulously crafted by our Design Intern Manju. Read on about Manju and her experience interning at The Arts of Life from afar in California! 

How did you get involved with the Arts of Life?

read more

Volunteer Spotlight David Bremer

Meet David Bremer, an artist with an eye for color and an enthusiasm for all things creative that is contagious. David graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a B.A. in Art and Design. A man of many mediums, David draws, paints, and sculpts.

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Chicago Studio Volunteer Spotlight

For this months Volunteer Spotlight we are delighted to feature Julie Chez!  Julie has brought an amazing energy to our community in her helping to facilitate our yoga program.  Let's take a moment to get to know more about Julie:

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North Shore's Year in Review: 2015 Highlights

We have undergone many changes and accomplished many projects at the North Shore studio. Here is a list highlighting some of our favorite times of the year.

1. Hiring two new staff members:

 

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Chicago Volunteer Spotlight: Riley Hopkins & Allie Bucon!

Riley Hopkins & Allie Bucon are two Community Service Scholars from DePaul University who have been sharing their compassion and talents with the Chicago studio for several years!  Let’s take a moment to get to know them a little better:

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North Shore Volunteer Spotlight: Chelsea Yang

Chelsea Yang joined our studio in the spring of 2015 and we have been nothing but impressed with her so far. She is a graduate film student from Shanghai who has been documenting VanGoGo's progress as they move through the process of recording their first full-length album and go on tour. We are thrilled that she chose the Arts of Life as her first volunteer job!

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2015 Renegade Craft Fair

Photo booth design by Dave Krueger + Ben Marcus

 

DOWNLOAD YOUR PHOTOS HERE! https://goo.gl/photos/jcnvjxyWV7GChjaX6

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Chicago Studio Volunteer Spotlight: Alithea Tashey

This month, we took time to catch up with a volunteer we hold near and dear at the studio-Alithea has been with us for the past 6 months and we really appreciate her energy and enthusiasm in the studio! 

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North Shore Intern Spotlight: Sean Chapman

Sean Chapman recently completed his summer internship with the Arts of Life’s North Shore studio. He took on a challenging position of both assisting the artists in their creative practice while also executing a marketing campaign consistent of several solo exhibitions and band performances. Keep your eyes open as we invade several coffee houses this fall with exciting solo exhibtions; it is a result of the hard work of Sean and Arts Coordinator John Sharp.

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Chicago Studio Intern Spotlight: Bailey Miller

 

The Arts of Life is lucky enough to host an array of interns each year- during the Summer months, we are lucky enough to host students from schools outside of Illinois! We caught up with Bailey, one of our awesome summer interns this week!

 

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North Shore Intern Spotlight: Rita Hirami

Currently a student at Northwestern University, Rita Hirami is studying Sociology and Linguistics. She is serving as an Artist Mentor Intern at the North Shore studio this summer and with her kind, understanding demeanor has swiftly become an asset to the studio.

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North Shore Volunteer Spotlight: Elaine Cha

Elaine Cha is an Artist Mentor at the North Shore Studio. She has been with us for a few months and has blown us away with her rapport and observational drawing skills. She is currently a senior at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois studying Human Communication Sciences. She recently sat down with North Shore artist Rebecca Turner for our Volunteer Spotlight.

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North Shore Intern Spotlight: Godwin Abebe

Godwin Abebe has been interning with The Arts of Life North Shore Studio for about 6 months. He is a graduate student at DePaul University focusing on Cognitive Neuroscience and assists our studio facilitation Health Messages, a lifestyle curriculum from UIC.
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Volunteer Spotlight: Lara Mann

Lara Mann is a Chicago-based artist and an artist mentor with Kelly Stone at the Chicago Studio. 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Ben Marcus

Ben Marcus is Is an artist and DJ based in Chicago. Ben has been volunteering at the Chicago Studio as a mentor and collaborator with studio artist Dave Krueger. The two have been working as a pair to create unique comics that mesh both of their individuals styles into one. Recently we interviewed Ben to get his insight on his experience at the studio. 

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North Shore Volunteer Spotlight: Farah Ahmad

Farah came to The Arts of Life last year thanks to our posting on volunteermatch.org. She arrived with a strong art background from her years of interest in animation and her B.A. from Hope College. She proved to be a quick learner with an instinctual understanding of The Arts of Life culture and values. Farah joins us several days a week to support artists in developing their art practice and building community.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Lizz Knowlton

Over the last couple of months, The Arts of Life community has been dealing with staff changes, planning big events, and seeing good friends move away to start new chapters of their lives. To say the least, it’s been hectic.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Mia Fornoza

It has been a busy summer for the Chicago Studio, from fairs and street fests, to solo shows, and the Annual Blow-Out Sale, but we didn’t do it alone. One outstanding volunteer was there through it all, Mia Fornoza. 

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The Arts of Life Partners with After School Matters

For the third summer in a row, The Arts of Life partnered with Chicago youth development program, After School Matters (ASM), to invite a group of teenage interns to share their time and talents with the studio

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2014 North Shore Volunteer Awards

Last month The Arts of Life North Shore studio hosted its first Volunteer Awards Week to honor volunteers who are positively impacting our community. Each volunteer received an award created and signed by North Shore artists. When the awards were presented, community members took turns speaking about why each recipient is important to the studio and the skills they have to offer.
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North Shore Volunteer Spotlight: Vanessa De Leon

Vanessa De Leon is our very favorite ukelele-playing, choreography-creating, psychology-studying volunteer! Her bandmate Hector Jones (pictured above with Vanessa) sat down to grill her about her life, her relationship with the studio and her thoughts about Van GoGo's upcoming gig at SPACE in Evanston. Let's listen in on their conversation... 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Maria Taboada

The Arts of Life partners together with ReEmployability, a company which allows individuals who have been injured on their jobs to transition back to work by volunteering at non-profit organizations. Employees are able to earn their usual wages while participating in the program. ReEmployability volunteers are often completely out of their element, and in part this is what makes the connection that they form with our community so extraordinary.

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North Shore Volunteer Spotlight: Barbara Hanan

Retirement doesn't mean taking it easy for Barbara Hanan. After retiring from her full time position as a school nurse in Chicago, Barb has continued to substitute at local schools while also maintaining a busy schedule of volunteering and social activities. We're so grateful to be one of her volunteer sites!

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Volunteer Spotlight: Angela Carson

This winter, the Chicago Studio has hosted six ReEmployAbility volunteers, and for everyone involved the experience has been extraordinary and uplifting.

ReEmployability is a Florida based company that allows workers who have been injured on their full time job to transition back to work by volunteering at a non-profit organization. Workers are given the chance to maintain their income as they volunteer and recover.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Rosalind Franklin University

On November 13, 2013, The Arts of Life North Shore Studio were pleased to welcome an interprofessional team of future healthcare providers from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS)  to the studio. They met us for an afternoon of activity and conversation about the heart. The heart-focused activities were a service-learning project designed by students in the RFUMS Interprofessional Teams and Culture in Healthcare Course.

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Helping Hand

The Arts of Life lends a helping hand.

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North Shore Volunteer Spotlight: Maria Palmer

Fact: Maria Palmer lights up a room. It’s impossible not to notice that she’s entered the studio because immediately a chorus of voices shouts “MARIA!” and just as immediately she starts spreading her sunshine around.

Maria calls on Montell during a drama exercise.

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North Shore Volunteer Spotlight: Cindy Shanker

"There is so much talent here." -- Cindy

Cindy is someone who just "gets" us, which feels wonderful. In the year that she's been part of the studio community, we've come to realize we just can't do without her. North Shore artist Andrew Sloan sat down with Cindy to learn more about her and we're using this month's Volunteer Spotlight to share her story with you. 

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North Shore Volunteer Spotlight: Molly Gapp

This past spring, volunteer Molly Gapp began working with the North Shore artists on the studio's first mural. It's been quite an undertaking and through it all, Molly has been the embodiment of creativity and collaboration. She served as chair of the planning committee and worked with committee members to explore the mural's themes, consider potential reference materials, create sketches, choose a color palette and then dive into the work of painting.

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North Shore Volunteer Spotlight: Katie Schofield

Although most of our volunteers come in every week on a long-term basis, we also have short-term volunteer opportunities available. Wisconsin artist Katie Schofield (pictured on the left above) took advantage of one of those when passing through Chicagoland this spring.
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North Shore Volunteer Spotlight: Domenic Bucci

You might recognize Domenic (pictured above with musicians Hector Jones and Paul Kilner) from his performances with the North Shore band or our 2013 Calendar (he was featured in March). He is the dedicated volunteer who has worked with artists and staff to build the North Shore music program into a songwriting powerhouse. We’re honored to feature him in this month’s Volunteer Spotlight.

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North Shore Volunteer Spotlight: Ann Jonaitis

Welcome to the first ever North Shore Volunteer Spotlight, our new monthly blog feature! This month, the artists and staff from the North Shore studio are excited to introduce you to Ann Jonaitis, our trusty Monday volunteer (pictured above with artist David Lee).

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Meet Marcus Duncan

Volunteer, Marcus Duncan, talks about his experience as a volunteer at The Arts of Life.

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Domenic

Dear friend,

When I began volunteering at The Arts of Life I wasn't sure what to expect. What I saw immediately was the artists’ desire to write and perform great music.

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