Community Programs

Our community outreach programs are at the heart of our organization’s mission. For the past 40 years, Art Encounter has developed original outreach programming that develops visual literacy, nurtures an appreciation of contemporary art, and provides enriching explorations in art making. We seek to offer extensive initiatives that serve public school students, older adults, individuals with special needs, and other populations in need.

Our programs fall into the following categories:

FOR SCHOOLS:

Our signature approach of discussing original artworks by local artists embraces individual perceptions, while our hands-on art-making workshops build self-confidence and a deeper understanding of the creative process. Our school programs include:

  • In-School Programs
  • After-school Programs
  • Custom Programs

FOR SENIOR RESIDENCES:

Our programs in assisted living facilities, memory care facilities, and senior living centers bring creativity and connection to older adults through hands-on and discussion-based programs of artworks from our professional collection. Through engagement with the arts, our workshops provide cognitive stimulation, motor coordination, and joy to seniors in the Chicago area with limited resources. Our programs include:

  • Making for Memory
  • Hats Off To Art
  • The Spirit of Art
  • Custom Programs

FOR ARTISTS:

Art Encounter is an organization founded by and made up of working visual artists. We are happy to offer the following resources for local artists:

  • Critique Series
  • Teaching Artist Training Program
  • Open your studio: host a tour
  • Linking Generations

OTHER PROGRAMS:

Art Encounter is an organization founded by and made up of working visual artists. We are happy to offer the following resources for local artists:

  • For the visually impaired
  • Intergenerational
  • For special groups

CUSTOM PROGRAMS:

We have a history of creating custom programming for children, older adults, groups with special needs, and even travel groups. Do you have an idea for a custom program? Please reach out to our Community Outreach Manager Leslie Luning at leslie@artencounter.org or visit our Custom Programs page.