Welcome to Arts of Life

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.

Meet Our Artists

We were founded with the idea that the studio belongs to its artists. The guiding principle behind our 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.

Join Our Studio

Arts of Life offers artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities an alternative career path designed to help enrich their lives as working artists. 

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Jean Wilson

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Caroline Chun

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Ted Hamel

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Rocco DiCaro

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Billy Borgerd

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Hubert Posey

Upcoming & Recent Events

2024 Disability Pride Parade

July 20 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Art After Work Cyanotype Workshop

July 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Arts of Life – Chicago

In Bloom

July 12 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Circle Contemporary Chicago

Human Resources

July 5 - August 29
Chicago Artist Coalition
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News and Announcements

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Bring More To Life

So much comes to life when people are welcomed, artists...
Opening of With a Little Help from My Friends

Newcity: Play and Acceptance: A Review of “With a Little Help From My Friends” at Circle Contemporary

BY ZARA YOST | APRIL 29, 2024 “Upon reading this you must choose...
Arts of Life staff and artists at the 2024 Valentines Day Party

ED Programming Update

As Arts of Life continues to innovate and expand, I...
Quinn Zenner

Remembering Quinn Zenner

We are saddened by the news that a former North...

What's Happening on Instagram

Wow! Thanks to more than 110 donors we raised $124,600 dollars this summer, fully securing our challenge grant and starting this fiscal year energized! We’re so grateful for each community member and all that your support makes possible. A special congratulations to the winners of our three donor raffles who got to enjoy special outings with our artists! 

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Wow! Thanks to more than 110 donors we raised $124,600 dollars this summer, fully securing our challenge grant and starting this fiscal year energized! We’re so grateful for each community member and all that your support makes possible. A special congratulations to the winners of our three donor raffles who got to enjoy special outings with our artists!

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#ThankYou #Thanks #Grateful #Gratitude #GratitudeAttitude #Advocacy #DisabilityAdvocacy #IDD #DisabilityAwareness #DisabilityAwarenessMonth #NeuroDiverseArt #NeuroDiverseArtist #DisabledArtistv#DisabledArtists #DisabilityArts #DisabilityArt #DisabilityPride #DisabiltyAdvocate #SupportArtists #Supportinclusion #Inclusion #InclusivityMatters #SpreadTheWord #ProgressiveArtStudio #ChicagoArtGallery #ChicagoArtStudio #ChicagoArtists #ChicagoArt #ArtsOfLifeChicago
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