Here at Zealous Good we are lucky enough to work some pretty spiffy organizations in the Chicagoland area! We wanted to take some time to highlight the wonderful work that they’re doing and share them with you lovely readers! Take a second to meet three organizations doing amazing things in Chicago’s art world. Who knows, you may even be inspired to make a trip to check them out this weekend!
In the artistic community the founders of The Art of Life saw a hole for individuals with developmental disabilities to thrive and belong. The studio was created to fill this space and foster a stronger community by uniting those with and without disabilities. Using a person-centric focus, each experience with an artist is uniquely individualized to bring their wildest dreams and goals to life. It’s magical stuff! Interested in getting involved? You can apply to be an artist, volunteer with the studio or join the board of directors to be a part of this stellar community!
Artreach works to bring art programming and instruction to communities and individuals throughout Chicago that don’t typically have access to such resources. Programming is carefully structured to consider larger social and thematic issues relevant to the community. Cost is minimal for all participants, all the while remaining a holistically creative and enriching experience. Hardly a fingerpainting session, class titles run the gamut from “Bilingual Arts,” where students intertwine a second-language and art to travel to someplace new while never leaving the city, to “Public Arts,” (my personal favorite!) which creates murals, sculptures and mixed media pieces reflecting the specific community site. You can sign up to volunteer with Artreach and also apply to set up programming in your area!
Run by an amazing team of volunteers, the Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center exists to create a safe working space for individuals to create, share and learn about art. Programming is strongly tied into the community and includes an urban garden, art studio, and arts festival. They don’t only work with art though! CUARC also hosts peace walks, builds peace parks and runs a women’s residence for traveling women and women in transition. There’s so much more that they do that we couldn’t fit here! Sign up to volunteer or intern with them today to learn more about the amazing projects happening!
Rebekah Williams is a non-profit outreach intern at Zealous Good, an in-kind donations marketplace in Chicago. You can find Rebekah on Google+, on Twitter at @reb_williams, on Instagram @beksyall (which she’s addicted to) or Zealous Good on Facebook and on Twitter at @ZealousGood.