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Sara Bemer's blog

Transition Planning Insights

After high school, young adults explore their passions and interests and make decisions about what they want to do and the kind of community they wish to be a part of. Young adults with disabilities are no different. They want to find opportunities where they can pursue meaningful work, develop their skills, and find acceptance and acknowledgement for what they contribute to their communities.  

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#ILGiveCommunity Donation Prize Schedule (6pm May 30 - 6pm May 31)

#ILGiveCommunity starts at 6:00pm! This is a state-wide 24-hour online fundraising event​ (from 

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New Mission and Priorities

The Arts of Life artists, staff, and board have approved and adopted a new mission statement to guide the studio’s priorities, programs, and partnerships into the future. Since it’s inception, the studio's focus has been bringing creatives from all backgrounds together to learn from each other and grow both collectively and individually. Building on the success of their seventeen years, The Arts of Life will continue to strengthen the creative community through leadership and collaboration.  

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Thank You, Bradish Associates & Socius Insurance Services!

A big THANK YOU to our friends at Bradish Associates, LTD. and Socius Insurance Services Inc. for supporting The Arts of Life!

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#ILGiveCommunity Kicks Off Summer Leap

Save the Date as we kickoff our Summer Leap fundraising campaign on May 30th, 2017, just in time for #ILGiveCommunity!

What is #ILGiveCommunity? This new state-wide 24-hour online fundraising event​ (from 6pm May 30th until 6pm May 31st)​ empowers individuals like you to support local nonprofits that are tackling our communities’ most critical issues.

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Volunteers Needed: Pitchfork Music Festival 2017

**UPDATE** As of June 2017, we have reached the maximum number of Pitchfork volunteers allowed and cannot amend the schedule! Please reach out in May 2018 if you're interested in participating next year.

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Help The Arts of Life Win $500

The Arts of Life has been nominated for Mike Anderson Chevy Chicago's Great Charity Contest! Whichever organization gets the most votes by April 30th at midnight will win $500.

To help us win, log into Facebook to vote. Visit and select the VOTE option underneath The Arts of Life's logo and description. Each Facebook account is allowed one vote per day, so in traditional Chicago fashion - vote early and often! :)

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Sponsor Art on a Hot Tin Roof 2017

Sponsorship opportunities are now available for Art on a Hot Tin Roof 2017 (July 29th at the Bottom Lounge)!

There are various levels of sponsorship; each one is a great opportunity to promote your business and help out your community. If you sign up as a Sponsor by Friday, May 19th, you'll be included in the event's promotional video!

Click HERE to view/download the 2017 Sponsorship Brochure here.


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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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