Eric Delli Bovi joined Urban Gateways in 2012 to lead a significant expansion of arts programs and services for Chicago’s youth and communities. He has directed the organization through a growth and innovation plan that includes two organizational acquisitions, Art Resources in Teaching (A.R.T.) and Street-Level Youth Media, in addition to numerous successful projects and partnerships. Eric also serves on the Arts Education Network Council for Americans for the Arts to support national initiatives in the field. Prior to working at Urban Gateways, Eric led the Old Town School of Folk Music’s capital campaign for a new arts education facility and oversaw unprecedented growth in fundraising to support a wide array of education and performance initiatives. Over his 12-year tenure at the Old Town School of Folk Music he served as Interim Executive Director, Director of External Affairs, Director of Education Outreach, and as a percussion faculty member. Eric was named a Chicago Community Trust Fellow in 2010 and was elected to the Emerging Leaders Council for Americans for the Arts in 2005. Eric holds an M.A. from DePaul University with a focus in directing and developing community arts education organizations, and a B.A. from Ithaca College in Social Studies/Secondary Education. A professional musician, Eric also continues to perform in the local music scene.