The Urban Gateways Associate Board’s mission is to promote and support Urban Gateways’ efforts to provide arts education programs to all children, despite race or economic class, while also promoting Urban Gateways artists and local artists/institutions.

The Associate Board supports Urban Gateways arts programs through event-based fundraising activities. Members have the unique opportunity to advocate the work of Urban Gateways to a fresh, diverse, and young constituency, enhance existing fundraising efforts, and cultivate future organizational leadership. The Associate Board welcomes people of all backgrounds and income brackets.

Interested in joining our Associate Board? Just complete this online form, or contact Abby Prescott at

Upcoming Associate Board Events

Happy Hour & Fundraiser
Wednesday, May 24, 6-8pm @ WestEnd
Meet up with the Associate Board for a casual fundraiser to support Urban Gateways touring performances for local schools. Ticket purchase includes draft beers, house red and white wine, and appetizers. Tickets: $25 advance / $30 at the door.

Yoga in the Park
Saturday, June 3, 10-11am @ Oz Park
Get your yoga flow on with the Associate Board! $10 suggested donation (online in advance or cash day-of). Proceeds support Urban Gateways arts education programs. Donate here.

White Sox Game Fundraiser
Sunday, July 16: Tailgating at 11am, game at 1:10pm
Join us for this casual fundraiser, complete with tailgating! Nothing beats a summer ballgame, especially when ticket sales benefit arts education. Tickets: $25, available through July 11th!

Why Join The Associate Board?

  • To meet other Chicagoans that prioritize the arts, arts participation, and art-making.
  • To support the mission of Urban Gateways: To educate and inspire young people by delivering high-quality, accessible arts experiences that advance their personal and academic growth.
  • To help raise the profile of Urban Gateways through event-based fundraising.
  • To grow or develop skills in nonprofit administration, arts advocacy, event planning, and/or fundraising.

Social Networking Opportunities

The Urban Gateways Associate Board provides Chicago’s professionals who are interested in the arts with opportunities to network amongst their peers at art-focused events and in support of arts education.

  • Associate Board Signature Event(s)
  • Urban Gateways Performances
  • Gallery Showings / Private Tours
  • Urban Gateways Art for All Gala
  • Complimentary Tickets to Chicago Art Events
  • Networking with Urban Gateways’ governing Board of Directors



Check out photos from the Associate Board’s June 7 Launch Party right here.