About Arts of Life North Shore

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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.

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