WHAT WE DOThe PRC Arts Studio offers a safe haven for those who want to express themselves freely through art. No experience or special talent is expected, classes are complimentary and anyone is welcome.
The PRC Arts Studio began ten years ago as Women's Wisdom, offering art classes several times a week to women from all walks of life. Now the program has expanded to include Kids Art and People's Art, and provides programs and classes in a variety of formats.
Participants may choose from a variety of class subjects including visual art, creative writing, pottery, sewing, and much more for women, men and children of all ages.Women's Wisdom Artisans
The People’s Resource Center Women’s Wisdom Artisans program is a social enterprise developed to create and market handmade jewelry and related products. Our goal is to help low-income women work towards starting their own business. One hundred per cent of sales will go directly to each artisan. Each woman will contribute ten per cent of their earnings to purchase additional materials for the program. Please call to find out about when the next sale is or to make an appointment to view the jewelry. We are also looking for interested volunteers to help the program and hold a home jewelry party for family and friends! Click on an artisan’s name below to view a sample of their work. Alicia MinayaLiliana ArreolaRenee SamsTereza DhourGalina ZaliskLisa PateRugaya Sourein
Women's Wisdom's Artisans have a new website! Click here
to check it out!
HOW WE DO ITOur classes are free and open to every skill level. No experience is necessary. However, please call to register. For more information, call Lesley at 630-682-5402 ext. 241.
Take a class :
Click here for a schedule of classes.
Enjoy our Artwork:
Click here to see our art gallery.
In our last fiscal year, 212 adults and 596 children developed their creative spirit and self-esteem through learning art.
YOU CAN HELPVolunteer:
We welcome volunteers who are interested in helping the PRC Art Studio continue providing a space and atmosphere for healing through the arts. If you want to volunteer, complete our volunteer application
and we will contact you.
If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, call Lesley Gena at 630.682.5402, extension 241. Donate:
For $15, you can provide an art class for a child. Donate Now
VICTORS OF CIRCUMSTANCE
Alice, new to the People’s Art writing class, told us that she had been terribly isolated for many years. Her only friends were “phone friends”. As she became more comfortable with the other participants she began to open up a bit about her life. One afternoon after the class, she and two others, Sara and Amy, stayed and talked for more than an hour. Sara and Amy had found each other at the PRC and had become close friends. They opened their hearts to Alice and she realized how much alike they all were. A beautiful healing connection began.
Alice has debilitating fibromyalgia. Sara is crippled from childhood polio and Amy, with muscular dystrophy, needs a walker to navigate. All three women also have devastating mental and emotional scars. But Sara and Amy both have an astonishing sense of humor and an amazing way of holding their own misfortunes while empathizing with the fortunes of others. All three are on a health filled journey that was begun at the PRC.