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Music

Each studio has a music program that develops organically based on the current members.   The Chicago studio's music, (The Arts of Life band) and  the North Shore studio's music program, (Van Go Go) use a traditonal rock band format.  Musicans and singer-songwriter with & without disabilities work together to create songs that cover all genres.  They can be seen playing in local bars and theatres throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.   The Arts of Life Band makes danceable party music with a rock edge. It is an ongoing collaborative project between disabled and non-disabled artists in the Chicago area, based out of the Arts of Life community of artists. The Arts of Life Band performs at local events and fundraisers, and does rock concerts at venues such as the Empty Bottle and the Double Door. Artistic Director Ryan Shuquem has collaborated on artistic development with several performing groups including Mucca Pazza, the Parkas, and Circus Ridiculous. Local musicians join him from area favorites LamajamalReddelicious, and Mucca Pazza.-->

Music Blog

Kinda Weirdy: A New Album from The Arts of Life Band

On a Saturday afternoon at The Empty Bottle, Pantyhose was clearing the stage from their opening set.  The Arts of Life Band took the stage, as William Johnson played his keyboard and George Lawler set down a beat the drums.  Jake Gold and Taylor Hales tuned their guitar and bass, and singers, Whitney Allen and Dave Krueger approached the microphones.  “Alright everybody, it’s time to get down with our bad selves,” Dave shouted.  The first verse of his song “Snow Pizza”blared through the venue as the audience began to dance along.  

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New Horizons: Farewell to Pam

This month, we say goodbye to long-time North Shore artist and dear friend Pamela Robe, who is leaving the studio in pursuit of new horizons.

 

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Van Go Go performs for Resources for Community Living's Mixer at Level 257

On Thursday, October 20th, Van Go Go performed from participants and supporters of Resources for Community Living, a Rolling Meadows based organization that offers adults with disabilities opportunities to achieve greater self-esteem, dignity, and participation in all aspects of community life through affordable, independent housing options, individualized skill instruction, and necessary support services.

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Van Go Go at National Miss Amazing: A Photo Essay

On Thursday, June 30th, hundreds assembled in a ballroom at the Hyatt O’Hare in Rosemont to kick off National Miss Amazing. The crowd included dozens of beauty queens and their friends, family, and supporters, all decked out in their finest.

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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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Meet Nikole Heusman

     Nikole Heusman is a veteran artist at the North Shore Arts of Life studio. Nicole, or Niki as her friends call her, enjoys working with a variety of different mediums. Watercolor is her favorite, but she also works with charcoal, chalk pastel, and oil pastel, and acrylic.

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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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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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Meet Van Go Go : Ted Gram-Boarini

(Above: Ted Gram-Boarini drops a beat with Domeic Bucci at Van Go Go's sold out performance at Evanston SPACE)

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Meet Van Go Go: Hector "Sketch" Jones

(Above: Hector "Sketch" Jones" sings a cool harmony with bandmate Nikole Heusman at the Arts of Life's 2013 WInter Spectacular)

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Van Go Go Breaks it Down at Evanston SPACE

It was to a sold out crowd at Evanston SPACE that Van Go Go performed their biggest show to date.

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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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Hector Talks Van Go Go

I’m in the band called Van Go Go and we are a group from Glenview and there are like 10 members and I’m the only rapper.

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Sketch-o-matic

What’s up! I’m Hector Sketch Jones. I’m the sketch artist at the Glenview Studio. I’m starting a blog bout my rap andpoetry. My stuff of what I write is emontionally driven to the point that it is deep and dark. I’ve been doing this since I was very young, about five years old. I think you all will feel like you’ve been there if you read this. My stuff also comes from life experiences. I hope you like it. Check back with me every month for new rhymes and poetry yo. My quote for this month is: If honesty isn't in the cards then the truth isn't worth the telling. 

 

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North Shore Meet an Artist: Ted Gram-Boarini

Artist Ted Gram-Boarini joined the North Shore studio in September 2013. In just over a year he has established a focused art practice, joined a rock band, and developed meaningful relationships with new friends. In addition to his involvement at The Arts of Life, Ted also participates in programming and events provided by Center for Independent Futures (CIF). Keep reading to learn more about Ted’s interests and creative ventures.
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Who is Van Go Go?

You may have seen them at The Arts of Life's Summer Carnival. Or maybe you have been hearing all those hipsters with the skinny jeans and exaggerated mustaches talking about them at the bus stop.

But who is Van Go Go? 

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North Shore Meet an Artist: Danny Frownfelter

This month's featured North Shore artist is Danny Frownfelter. Both a visual artist and musician, Danny is a prolific art maker and a member of the North Shore Studio band Van Go Go. Learn more about Danny in this exclusive interview as he describes his art practice and many roles at the North Shore studio. Also keep an eye out for Danny as Pickles in the Big Breakfast Bonanza variety show at this month's Sketchbook Swap on Friday, September 27th.
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Inside Glenview Features The Arts of Life

Who's on the cover? We are. Inside Glenview featured The Arts of Life in their March 2013 issue. The article gives some great insight and perspective of the The Arts of Life, our core values, and our focus on community. John Sharp and the North Shore Studio's 2013 artist of the year, Nikole Heusman, are on the cover. You can check out the issue online here: http://emagazines.hibu.com/GLENVW
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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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Get the Dinosaurs on the Phone! Fundraiser

The North Shore Music Ensemble is raising money for a music video for their original rock opera titled: Get the Dinosaurs on the Phone!
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