“I worked at Southside Art Center for a year as an art teacher, case manager, and art therapist. I have now been friends with Matt and Robin Rhoades (Founders of Southside Art Center) for ten years. From the beginning, I was impressed with their passion for serving people with developmental disabilities, their knowledge of both the arts and social services, and their commitment to assisting Southside’s people learn the joys of art making and self-advocacy. They consistently look for the best staff possible to support those who attend the center. Southside Art Center is a place with high ideals and the desire to put those ideals into real time and place for the benefit of the participants and staff. The Sacramento region is fortunate to have Southside Art Center and I would not hesitate to recommend it.”
Janice Home, MA Art Therapy


Our Direct Support Professional Team comprises:

Adaptive Skill Trainers (AST): ASTs provide support and training to adults with behavioral challenges and/or with people with autistic spectrums. ASTs work in our Passage Program.

Administrative Assistants:
Administrative Assistants help with clerical and human resource issues. You can find them answering our phones, typing up our reports, and providing background support to help make the center more productive.

AGE Resource Coordinator:
This special position was designed for the larger Artistic Growth and Employment Program to offer quality assurance and support to their team and participants by assisting with the organization, coordination, and direct implementation of program objectives specifically through coordination of ISPs, Support Plan Implementation, and Client File Quality Assurance. He/she also coordinates the collaborative Southside Art Center Gallery making sure all art that is saleable is made available to the gallery.

Community Skill Trainers (CST): CSTs are our entry level staff providing support to people with developmental disabilities in our Community Based programs. They help people with volunteer job training skills as well as basic living and leisure skills.
Community Skills Specialists (CSS): CSSs provides support and training to participants with developmental disabilities and provides support and technical skills training to CSTs in our Community Based Programs.

Lead Artists: Lead Artists instruct participants in a variety of studios designed to encourage personal artistic imagination while refining individual artistic techniques. We currently have Lead Artists instructing in Ceramics, Wire Sculpture, and Painting & Drawing mediums.

Lead Musician: The Lead Musician instructs participants in chorus singing, instrumental basics, song writing, and recording. As well, he/she helps lead musicians in the Southside Music Ensemble to create and play their music as well as book shows for the Ensemble.

Lead Production Instructor: The Lead Production Instructor oversees the design and production of artwork to be sold in the community and takes lead with other art staff with large commissioned projects, while instructing artists in artistic growth through crafts and special projects.

Product Coordinators: Product Coordinators develops art projects and supervises the production of artwork to be sold in the community.

Recycling Job Coaches: The Recycling Job Coach develops, implements, and maintains employment opportunities for recycling workers.

Recycling Job Coordinator: The Recycling Job Coordinator develops, implements, and maintains employment opportunities for recycling workers while also marketing potential new contracts to provide more business and more jobs.

Resource Assistants: Resource Assistants develop and maintain program resources and offers technical assistance and support to Adaptive Skills Trainers.