How We Make It 2019: Opening Reception

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Name: How We Make It 2019: Opening Reception
Date: April 26, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM CDT
Event Description:
In recognition of April being Volunteer Appreciation Month, Arts of Life, a Chicago-based non-profit that provides artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities a collective space to expand their practice and strengthen their leadership, will launch a month-long exhibit featuring the works of their studio volunteers and staff.

The annual exhibit, How We Make It, will run from April 26-May 31 at the Circle Contemporary Gallery in Chicago, IL. The community is invited to celebrate the commitment and dedication of Arts of Life volunteers and staff and view their work at the Opening Reception from 5:00-8:00pm on April 26.

The exhibition features work in a number of media and showcases the multiple artistic perspectives from the professional artists and skilled teachers who act as mentors to Arts of Life studio artists. 

“Because of the dedication of our amazing volunteers and staff, Arts of Life is a thriving creative space,” says Denise Fisher, Arts of Life Co-Founder and Executive Director. “Our mentors are passionate about nurturing the creative process, teaching new skills, and most importantly, helping our artists achieve their personal goals,”  

“Our staff and volunteers give so much to our organization,” Fisher adds. “We are thrilled to be able to give a little back by offering them a platform to share their own beautiful and expressive work.”

The month of April is designated as National Volunteer month and is dedicated to honoring volunteers and encouraging volunteerism. 

Arts of Life is a 501 C (3) non-profit founded in 2000 to create a working, person-centric artistic community while providing a work environment of equality in Chicago. Today, the community runs two professional art studios and represents more than 60 artists with varying levels of physical and intellectual disabilities. Each studio is 6,000 square feet and includes a community gallery that is open to the public. 

Circle Contemporary, located at 2010 West Carroll Avenue in Chicago, IL, is a multi-purpose exhibition space that is an extension of the Arts of Life Chicago studio. The gallery aims to showcase a diverse range of creative practices from individuals of all talents and abilities while strengthening the local creative community by providing a space and outlet for artistic inspiration and exploration. 

Gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm and Saturday from 1-4pm.
Circle Contemporary Gallery (2010 W Carroll Ave)
Date/Time Information:
Friday, April 26th from 5-8pm
Contact Information:
For more information on the exhibition, call (312) 829-2787, visit or contact Chicago Art Coordinator Ariella Miller at
Free and open to the public.
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