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Our Mission

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.

Our Mission

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.

Upcoming & Recent Events

EXPO Chicago 2023

April 13, 2023 - April 16, 2023
Navy Pier

Perennial Hug: Open Call

January 26, 2023 - March 13, 2023
Circle Contemporary North Shore

Arts of Life at the North Shore Senior Center

December 12 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
North Shore Senior Center

NADA & UNTITLED Art Miami

November 28 - December 3
Ice Palace Studios

Our Artists

We were founded with the idea that the studio belongs to its artists. The guiding principle behind the studio is to give people an opportunity to shape and be a member of an artistic community; a community that changes with the growing needs of the artists and one that is a contributing member of the larger society.

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Hand drawn illustration of two friends at a table. The man is saying to his friend, "The Arts of Life is so interesting. The peoples work together to understand what it is all about."

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We have a lot to be thankful for at Arts of Life. Camaraderie for our artists, staff, and volunteers. Space for creativity, experimentation, and self expression in our studios and partner organizations. And YOU!

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ID 1: Our Chicago Studio artists and staff celebrating Halloween a few weeks ago.
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News and Announcements

Artists celebrating at the exhibition opening of Face in the Crowd

Arts of Life to receive $50,000 grant from Ruth Foundation for the Arts

Arts of Life is thrilled to have been selected for...
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John Michael Kohler Arts Center Artist-in-Residence: Tim Stone

ā€œI enjoyed working at the Kohler [Arts Center]. I was...
Jean Wilson with arms outstretched in front of her work on display at the Chicago Cultural Center

Arts of Life to receive $10,000 grant from Art Dealers Association of America

Arts of Life is thrilled to have been selected for...
Betty, Bob, and Denise Fisher at the 2001 Arts of Life Auction

Remembering Bob Fisher

Betty, Bob, and Denise Fisher at...