Urban Gateways Center for Arts Education


New Arts Forum

Urban Gateways created the New Arts Forum (NAF) to engage young professionals in the work of Urban Gateways.



The Forum’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.

Forum members have the unique opportunity to advocate the work of Urban Gateways Artists to a fresh, diverse, and young constituency, enhance existing fundraising efforts and cultivate future organizational leadership. The Forum welcomes people of all backgrounds and income brackets.

You can see a list of members here.

Interested in joining New Arts Forum? Just complete this online form, or contact Abby Csanda at acsanda@urbangateways.org.

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Upcoming New Arts Forum Events Back to top ↑

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Why Join The New Arts Forum? Back to top ↑

  • Support one of the oldest and largest arts education organizations in the country
  • Play an active role in engaging other young people to support Urban Gateways’ programming
  • Gain a sense of advocacy and philanthropy
  • Develop your leadership skills and your potential to join Urban Gateways’ Board of Directors in the future
  • Learn more about arts education policy and practice while learning the art of fundraising
  • Meet a creative group of people and have fun!
  • Lending expertise and influence in areas ranging from professional advice to personal contacts within the community.

Interested in joining New Arts Forum? Just complete this online form, or contact Abby Csanda at acsanda@urbangateways.org.

Social Networking Opportunities Back to top ↑

The New Arts Forum provides Chicago's young professionals who are interested in the arts with opportunities to network amongst their peers at art-focused events and in support of arts education. NAF not only focuses its events on the arts but gives its members access to professional artists, galleries, performances and more.

  • Benefit Concerts
  • Invitation to Urban Gateways Matinee Series
  • Gallery Showings
  • Urban Gateways Annual Benefit
  • Private Gallery Tours
  • Complimentary Tickets to Chicago Art Events

Visit our events calendar for more information about upcoming events.

Membership Requirements & New Arts Forum Structure Back to top ↑

Membership Requirements

  • Members must display a commitment to arts education and local artists and institutions.
  • Members are expected to attend at least 50% of the quarterly meetings.
  • Committee Members are expected to attend at least 75% of committee meetings.
  • Members are expected to pay annual dues and meet give/get amounts.

NAF Structure

  • Officers: Chair, Treasurer, Events Chair, Marketing Chair
  • 2 Committees: Events and Marketing
  • At Large Members (NAF members are not required to serve on a committee. Committee Membership is optional.)