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Studio Aide

Arts of Life, a 501C3 nonprofit, advances the creative arts community by providing artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities a collective space to expand their practice and strengthen their leadership. Founded in 2000, Arts of Life is realizing its vision of a working, person-centric, artistic community that provides a work environment of equality. Today, we represent over 60 artists at two professional art studio locations in Chicago and Glenview, IL.

The Opportunity

The Studio Aide will be responsible for providing direct services to the artists in our Chicago studio. In collaboration with the Art Specialists, the SA will support both the artists and the studio, itself, with tasks involving personal care & mealtime assistance, transportation, and some operational responsibilities. This individual is expected to contribute towards maintaining a creative environment that promotes respect and dignity, collective decision making, leadership, and health and safety at all times.

The Role

  • Artist Support: Assist multiple artists with daily tasks including toileting assistance, personal hygiene, feeding, ambulation, and other personal care-related tasks. Maintain detailed tracking of supports per the artists’ plan and accommodate or mitigate challenges to improve the artists’ experiences.
  • Transportation: Facilitate and coordinate artists’ arrivals and departures from the studio, and keep notes in an organized log. Gather and prepare artists for off-site trips and assist in transporting artists to various workshops.
  • Studio Operations: Prep the space and clean up after the artists’ daily lunch breaks. Accurately track and report on artist attendance. Administer COVID-19 staff testing on Tuesday mornings as Arts of Life’s COVID Compliance Officer.
  • Exhibitions & Events: Attend and provide support at occasional Circle Contemporary events, Arts of Life events, and external exhibitions. Assist artists with transportation to/from external events.
  • From time to time, you may be assigned other job-related duties within your scope of practice.

What You’ll Need to be Successful

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Minimum one year working with people with disabilities, or equivalent caregiver experience. Experience working with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities is preferred.
  • A valid driver’s license and proof of insurance
  • Registered Direct Support Person (DSP) in the state of Illinois or willingness to become a registered DSP through AofL.
  • CPR and First Aid certification or willingness to pursue certification through Arts of Life upon hire
  • Knowledge, skills, and behaviors:
  • High level of comfort in assisting with personal care tasks (eating, toileting, etc).
  • Commitment to the process of artistic skill development as an avenue for growth and independence for people with disabilities.
  • Ability to perform basic physical moves such as kneeling, reaching, crouching, bending, and twisting
  • Ability to bend and lift to assist with a one or two-person manual transfer. Experience with hoyer lifts is preferred
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Compensation & Benefits

  • Health
  • Dental
  • Vision discount program
  • FSA (after 12 months of service)
  • Generous PTO and sick days
  • Parental Leave
  • Costco Membership
  • Retirement Savings Plan


This is a full-time (40 hours) hybrid on-site/work-from-home position. Generally, a weekday, daytime position with hours approximately from 9 am to 5 pm. However, Arts of Life is an operating art studio, and your hours will fluctuate during events, exhibitions, or other times. Your workload may call for you to work longer days or weekend hours to complete your job duties. You will work together with your supervisor to come up with a schedule that meets your needs and the needs of the studio.

Our Culture

Arts of Life is proud to foster a culture of collaboration and respect. We strive to function under a relatively flat hierarchy, with collective decision-making at the heart of our initiatives. Work is typically done in small teams, and Leadership is enthusiastically accessible to all employees. Work-life balance is highly encouraged, and employees are welcome to use the studio facilities after hours and on weekends.

Be Yourself

Arts of Life is firmly committed to building a diverse team that reflects the communities we serve. We value your unique experiences and strongly encourage People of the Global Majority, LGBTQIA+ individuals, women, trans, non-binary people, people with disabilities, system-impacted people, veterans, and people of all ages to apply.

Contact Info:
Adelina Feldman-Schultz
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago