Creating. Sharing. Growing.
2010 W Carroll Ave
Chicago, IL 60612
United States
(312) 829-2787
1963 Johns Drive
Glenview, IL 60025
United States
(847) 486-0808

Personal Care Studio Assistant (PCSA)



Position Title: Personal Care Studio Assistant (part-time) 

Reports To: Studio Manager 

Hours: 4 days a week / 9-3pm / 20-25 hours a week

OUR VISION is a rich creative arts community where artists with intellectual & developmental disabilities participate through leadership and collaboration.

OUR MISSION The Arts of Life advances the creative arts community by providing artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities a collective space to expand their practice and strengthen their leadership.  

The Arts of Life continually creates an environment that is trusting, nurturing, and respectful. We are all equals in this space and should be given the most respect possible.  We understand that all of us have bad days and all of us are developing as individuals and we encourage each other to share both the positive things that make us who we are and the negative things that make us who we are. We encourage everyone to share their goals and aspirations so that we are able to be of some help along their journey.  We hope to provide this environment and offer our philosophy to everyone that joins our community, not just our artists.  If our environment is true, it will have the same effect on everyone.

The Personal Care Studio Assistant is responsible for working directly with our artists on a daily basis.  It is essential that the person in this position maintain an awareness that good personal care is a balance of understanding the tasks at hand and developing strong relationships with the people you are supporting.  In addition to assisting with mealtimes and toileting, the personal care studio assistant will also support artists in creative growth and in building community with one another.


 Toileting Assistance

·       Assist both male and female artists who required personal care in the bathroom.

·       Report any medical concerns observed.

·       Ensure that the bathroom(s) remain sanitary, organized and inviting.

·       Manage each artist’s supply of toileting necessities (briefs, chucks, extra clothing, etc).

Mealtime Assistance

·       Assist in preparing lunches for artists who need support eating.

·       Ensure that food items are appropriate for each individual’s dietary needs.

·       Assist artist in eating their lunch, giving opportunities for independence, autonomous decision-making and personal preference in every way possible.

·       Eat your lunch parallel to the artists to support relationship building.

Artistic Mentoring

·       Assist artists in accessing art supplies for their projects

·       Give artists technical assistance related to their projects

·       Teach and assist artists in cleaning up their workstations

·       Facilitate art-making

·       Each day, provide written documentation on artists with whom you work.

·       Other duties as necessary

Transportation Assistance

·       Work with studio staff to coordinate afternoon transportation.

·       Alert each artist when his or her ride arrives.

·       Assist artist who need help putting on coats or retrieving lunch boxes.

·       Hand out tickets to artists riding PACE busses.

·       Ensure that no artist leaves on the wrong bus or with someone they do not know.



·       High school diploma or equivalent.

·       Minimum one year working with people with disabilities.

·       Registered Direct Support Person (DSP) in the state of Illinois or willingness to pursue registration through The Arts of Life. 

Knowledge, skills and behaviors:

·       High level of comfort in assisting with personal care tasks (eating, toileting, etc).

·       Background in visual arts.

·       Commitment to the process of artistic skill development as an avenue for growth and independence for people with disabilities.

·       Valid driver’s license.

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