Associate Board Member


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


2010 W. Carroll Ave.Chicago, IL 60612

The Associate Board gathered for a picture before the Art on a Hot Tin Roof fundraiser in 2016.



Founded in 2000, The Arts of Life is a local non-profit organization that supports adult artists with intellectual disabilities. Offering alternatives to traditional work programs for people with disabilities, The Arts of Life employs over 60 artists at its professional arts studios in Chicago and Glenview. Here, the artists focus on a variety of art forms including visual art, performance, installation, and music.

The Arts of Life Associate Board is made up of a group young Chicago area professionals who lead fundraising events and actively volunteer for The Arts of Life. Members are committed to the organization’s mission of bringing people with and without disabilities together to create an artistic culture.


  • Attend monthly board meetings

  • Pay annual dues of $50

  • Event-plan and fundraise to support The Arts of Life

  • Approximate time commitment: 4 hours per month (depending on upcoming events)

  • Develop your professional and leadership skills through committee and event chairmanship

  • Leverage your personal and professional networks to further the mission of The Arts of Life throughout Chicagoland

  • Gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the nonprofit sector


The Associate Board meets the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Chicago studio located on 2010 West Carroll Avenue. Board meetings are a collaborative space where we receive studio updates, plan our upcoming events, and brainstorm future projects. Outside of board meetings, members spend time building relationships with potential donors and marketing Associate Board events within and outside of their networks.


We ask that people who are interested in joining the board complete our online application at: .

We ask that potential recruits attend an Associate Board meeting and either take a tour of The Arts of Life or attend an studio event before joining. New members will be notified of their acceptance onto the board after meeting these requirements.


For questions about the Associate Board, please contact Development & Communications Manager Sara Bemer at


  • Networking
  • Fundraising
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Graphic Design / Print
  • Community Outreach
  • Event Planning / Management

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 21
  • 4 hours per month

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