worked at Southside Art Center for a year as an art teacher,
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
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
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
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
offer quality assurance and support to their team
and participants by assisting with the organization,
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
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
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
Recycling Job Coordinator: The Recycling
Job Coordinator develops, implements, and maintains
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.