Share Your Creative Practice with the Arts of Life

North Shore Arts of Life: Artist Mentor

The Arts of Life advances the creative arts community by providing adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities a collective space to expand their practice and strengthen their leadership. The Arts of Life invites you to share your fine arts skills with like minded artists as an Artist Mentor. This includes drawing, painting, ceramics, mixed media, graphic design or any other original skill to advance our community.


The North Shore is open Monday-Friday 9am-3:00pm. You must have daytime availabilty and we ask that you can commit 3-6 hours a week. The volunteer position is open ended depending on your schedule and availability.   



The Artist Mentor is responsible for working directly with our artists one to one and in small groups . This includes facilitating their creative process, teaching a new skill set, assisting with goal implementation and tracking, writing daily notes and keeping the studio in good repair. This position is ideal for those interested in the visual arts, education, or advocacy for the disability community.


  • Leadership Training

Empowering our artists is an important part of the Arts of Life model. You will work with studio staff to share your workload, skill-set, and technical expertise with an appropriate artist in the

  • Documentation

Complete documentation related to the happenings of the studio each day.

  • Group Supervision

Directly supervising and taking responsibility for assigned artists, including, but not limited to
the following: Assist artists in completing their goals, assist artists with getting art supplies for
their projects, give artist technical assistance related to their projects, teach and assist artists in
cleaning up their workstations, assist with project planning and pricing,  assist studio staff with transportation.

Studio Maintenance
Actively participate in the upkeep of the studio and the art, including, but not limited to: Maintain supplies and supervise brushes of each artist at the end of each day, keeping the studio clean and in good repair, helping prepare lunches, help supervise Responsibility Rotation, and other duties as necessary.

What you will learn:
You will learn how to develop relationships and collaborate with artists who have developmental disabilities on a personal and professional level.

Skills & Qualifications: 


  • You should be comfortable working directly with people with developmental disabilities.

  • Have an active creative practice

  • Have weekly daytime avaiability

  • Share an interest in art and creativity

  • You should be social and enjoy collaboration.

  • Prompt and reliable

  • Able to commit for at least 3 months

To Apply: 

To apply for the Artist Mentor position please e-mail our Volunteer Coordinator with the subject line CAR application

Grace Guillebeau


or call/visit the North Shore studio

1963 Johns Drive

Glenview, IL 60025


Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Grace Guillebeau
Contact Phone Number: