ABC7: Arts of Life celebrates abilities, creativity

By Hosea Sanders and Marissa N. Isang

CHICAGO (WLS) — For nearly two decades Arts of Life has been dedicated to providing artists with varying abilities a space to do the work they love.

“We do everything like painting, art making,” said David Krueger, an artist at Arts of Life.

Arts of Life is a non-profit art studio that supports adult artists with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

“We really want to support our artists being independent, professional artists,” said Vincent Uribe, the art director for Arts of Life. “We provide studio space and supplies for them to come in and make work.”

Arts of Life gives more than 60 people the chance to hone their craft at its two locations on the city’s near West Side and in north suburban Glenview.

“We support their practice in whatever it is that they want to make; whatever subjects materials and mediums they want to explore,” Uribe said. “We also support the professional development in getting their work documented, getting exhibition opportunities not only in our galleries here but also in galleries and museums around Chicagoland and around the country.”

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