Arts of Life North Shore

About Arts of Life North Shore

Our Mission Statement:   We are people with and without disabilities creating an artistic culture to realize our full potential.

We started as twelve individuals with a passion for artistic expression and a need for an alternative system. Three of us partnered up: a 70-year-old woman with an intellectual disability and a mental illness, a self-taught, unconventional artist, and a professional in the field of developmental disabilities. We brought nine other people together who were living in a residential setting and had a developmental disability. Our shared vision was to create a working, person-centric, artistic community that provided a work environment of equality. We’re proud to keep this vision a reality everyday. The program model that we developed together after a year spent getting to know each other and working together as a community consists primarily of each member taking ownership of the space and having an equal voice in the decision making process. Through that process we identified the four core values of inspiring artistic expression, building community, promoting self-respect, and developing independence that guide our collaborative work.

Current Opportunities at Arts of Life North Shore

Artist Mentor

The Arts of Life continually creates an environment that is trusting, nurturing, and respectful. We are all equals in this space and should be given the most respect possible. We understand that all of us have bad days and all of us are developing as individuals and we encourage each other to share both the positive things that make us who we are and the negative things that make us who we are. We encourage everyone to share their goals and aspirations so that we are able to be of some help along their journey. We hope to provide this environment and offer our philosophy to everyone that joins our community, not just our artists. If our environment is true, it will have the same effect on everyone.

Whenever you are in our studio, you influence our artists and your roll is to be a person who is:

  • Prompt and reliable
  • Consistently excellence in your job performance
  • Able to problem solve and work with minimal supervision
  • Creative, dedicated, and takes initiative
  • Consistently positive and flexible
  • Able to assist all individuals served by Arts of Life
  • Respectful of themselves and others
  • Honest, compassionate and empathetic
  • Principled, tenacious and hard working


Artist Mentor


Volunteer Coordinator


The Artist Mentor is responsible for working directly with our artists on a daily basis. 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.


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 studio.


Provide documentation on each assigned artist that you worked with on their core values each day.

Pod Supervision

 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 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.


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

Comfortable in using the MAC platform

You should be social and enjoy collaboration.

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.

Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: Internships, People Over 16, Seniors
Days: Friday, Monday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Times: Afternoons, Mornings
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