Studio Assistant

The Arts of Life

The Arts of Life North Shore studio (Glenview, IL) seeks part-time Personal Care Studio Assistant

The Arts of Life is a non-profit arts organization providing makers with developmental and intellectual disabilities a collective space to expand their practice and strengthen their leadership. Our two working art studios support over sixty Chicagoland artists working in a broad range of mediums. We practice collective decision making, intentional community building and radical hospitality.

Our North Shore location in Glenview has an opening for a part-time Personal Care Studio Assistant (PCSA). The PCSA is responsible for working directly with our artists on a daily basis, especially those who need physical assistance with aspects of art making and acts of daily living (bathroom breaks and mealtimes). This position is ideal for anyone seeking meaningful work in a creative community of people with and without disabilities.


Daily PCSA tasks may include:

- Reviewing the day's schedule with artists.

- Helping an artist take off and hang up their coat.

- Offering creative feedback on artists' work in progress

- Assisting an artist in the bathroom.

- Sharing examples from your own portfolio with artists.

- Having lunch with an artist who needs help eating.

- Parallel drawing or discussing art history with an artist. 

- Talking with and observing artists to develop adaptive methods of artmaking specific to their needs. 


PCSA hours are Mon-Fri 10am-3pm. Hourly wage begins at $10.50. The Arts of Life prioritizes hiring from within, so this entry level position is a great way to get to know our organization and be considered for other roles as they become availalbe. 

Skills & Qualifications: 


  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Minimum one year working with people with disabilities.

  • Registered Direct Support Person (DSP) in the state of Illinois or willingness to pursue registration through The Arts of Life.

  • Reliable transportation to/from the workplace in Glenview, IL (accessible via car and Metra (MD-N, North Glenview). Prefer candidates with valid driver's license. 


Knowledge, skills and behaviors:

  • High level of comfort in assisting with personal care tasks, including eating, toileting, transfering, etc. Ability to lift at least 50#.

  • Background in visual arts.

  • Ability to manage time and tasks independently.

  • Commitment to the process of artistic skill development as an avenue for growth and independence for people with disabilities.

To Apply: 

To apply for The Arts of Life North Shore's Personal Care Studio Assistant position, forward the following information to the North Shore Studio Manager, Hilary Marshall (

  • Cover letter highlighting your individual creative practice and experience supporting people with disabilities.
  • Current Resume.
  • Link to a virtual portfolio of your creative practice.
Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Hilary Marshall
Contact Email: