Sunday, October 14, 2018
Chicago Cultural Center

On Sunday, October 14th, Urban Gateways and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) will host the Teen Arts Leadership Summit. As part of the City of Chicago’s Year of Creative Youth (YOCY), the Summit is a one-day event celebrating the role that young people play in the leadership of Chicago arts institutions. This summit will provide a chance for teens to come together to exchange ideas, share experiences, and explore creativity, all with an arts focus.

Sunday, October 14
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington, Chicago

How to Get Involved

Logo Design Competition

The Teen Arts Leadership Summit Logo Design Competition is open to any teen 13-19 in the Chicagoland area who has an interest in graphic design, specifically logo design. If you have an eye for design, or an interest in creating the graphic representation of what arts and leadership mean to you, then this competition is for you! Create a sketch or finished digital design that represents what these things mean to you and the City of Chicago. The winning design may be featured on posters, websites, social media, and printed materials created for the Summit.

Working independently, designers will create a black and white sketch or vector image of the logo design. Urban Gateways will host two graphic design open houses on Friday, August 3rd and Friday, August 17th from 3-6pm at Street Level when interested teens can drop in to use computers, learn to transfer their design from paper to screen, and receive assistance from experienced staff members.

Final designs should be submitted by 5pm on Monday, August 20. All entries will be reviewed by the Year of Creative Youth Teen Advisory Council and the winner will be contacted shortly thereafter. The winning design will receive a cash prize.

Learn more & submit your design here!

Lead a Session

Teen council members ages 13-19 from Chicago-area arts institutions are invited to share their expertise with fellow young arts leaders at the Teen Arts Leadership Summit. Session proposals from teens outside of arts leadership councils, young alumni of teen leadership programs, or adult administrators with particular expertise may also be considered. All proposals should be diverse and engaging with an emphasis on arts and/or leadership.

Proposals will be accepted until Friday, September 14, 2018. Session proposals will be primarily reviewed by the Year of Creative Youth Teen Advisory Council. Stipends will be provided for session leaders and financial support may be available for supplies.

Submit your proposal here!


We are looking for teen/youth performances to feature throughout the event. Don’t miss this chance to perform for other creative teens as part of this inspiring day! Performance slots will be between 5 and 15 minutes in length.

Applications for performances are now open. Please apply before Thursday, September 6, 2018 to be considered.

Please note: While featured performers should be teens, artists do not have to be affiliated with a particular organization or leadership council.

Apply here!


Join teens from different youth leadership councils in the arts across Chicago for an exciting day celebrating creativity and leadership. Those registering should be active members of a teen or youth leadership council at a Chicago arts organization for the 2018-19 year and between the ages of 13-19.

Registration for individuals will be open from Friday, September 7 through Friday, October 5, 2018.

Share Opportunities with Teens

We invite organizations and schools with arts, leadership, or educational opportunities for teens to join us at our Resource Fair. Between 10am and 1:30pm, teens can stop by to learn more about your programs or resources.

Applications for Resource Fair vendors are now open and will remain available until Thursday, September 6, 2018.

Apply here!



Members of the 2017-18 Teen Council for Teen Arts Pass (TAP), a program of Urban Gateways. We look forward to meeting youth and teen council members from arts organizations all over the city on October 14! Photo by Sehar Sufi.