Chicagoland’s Non-Profit Arts and Social Services Organization
Open Studio Project (OSP) is a non-profit arts and social services organization in Evanston, Illinois. We provide unique, stimulating, powerful programming combining art-making and writing, with a special emphasis on using the creative arts to inspire personal growth, interpersonal understanding, and positive social change.
Open Studio Project’s mission is to provide a welcoming environment for people of diverse backgrounds and abilities to create art that stimulates personal growth, enhances social-emotional intelligence, and promotes community well-being.
Through workshops, classes, gallery exhibits, and especially community partnerships, we promote the power of using art-making as a safe and reliable medium for personal growth and exploration. More specifically, our goal is for participants to learn how to turn to their own creativity in order to increase self-awareness, empathy, and clarity in transitional times. Specific issues for some of our participants have included life-goal clarification, career changes, illness, bereavement, and managing feelings of hopelessness and anger during adolescence and adulthood.