As of 2021, Urban Gateways has been engaging young people in arts experiences for 60 years to inspire creativity and impact social change.

We are proud of our legacy and of the ever-evolving arts programs that we share with thousands of young people in Chicago every year. We hope you’ll take the time to celebrate with us in 2021! From virtual performances & festivities to a thought-provoking speaker series, our 60th Anniversary Calendar of Events offers something for every arts advocate.


ART & Race
Wednesday, April 14 @ 7pm Central (Virtual Event)
ART & Race
is the second event in a six-part Speaker Series (ART &) that invites our community to explore the connections between the arts and a variety of timely topics. Join us April 14 for a conversation about disrupting systemic racism in the arts sector:
Register for ART & Race >>
Learn more about the full ART & Speaker Series >>

60 for 60 VIDEO SERIES:

A new series of 60-second videos celebrating the stories and history of Urban Gateways, in honor of our 60th Anniversary, 60 for 60 videos will be released on our social media channels at noon on the last Friday of every month (@urbangateways on Instagram; @UrbanGatewaysChicago on Facebook; and @urbangateways on Twitter). We’re looking forward to hearing from members of our community throughout the year with their perspectives on how our arts programs have inspired creativity and impacted social change!
View our 60 for 60 playlist on YouTube >>

Use the calendar below to see all that’s ahead of us in 2021!

Urban Gateways 60th Calendar of Events

Past events:

Urban Gateways 60th Birthday Bash!
Thursday, January 28 @ 7pm / YouTube Live
A FREE virtual event featuring performances by Urban Gateways artists and special guest
appearances to spark inspiration, celebrate our history and mission, and set the stage for the year.
Watch the video on YouTube >>

ART & Storytelling
Wednesday, February 10 @ 7pm Central (Virtual Event)
ART & Storytelling
is the first event in a six-part Speaker Series (ART &) that invites our community to explore the connections between the arts and a variety of timely topics. Learn how artists across disciplines use storytelling to enhance and transform their work.
Watch the recording >>

More About Urban Gateways

Urban Gateways engages young people in arts experiences to inspire creativity and impact social change. Urban Gateways was founded 60 years ago on the South Side of Chicago as a counterweight against massive disparities and opportunity gaps for many Chicago youth created by segregation, racism, economic divestment, and lack of mobility among communities of color. 

Unfortunately, these conditions remain today as Urban Gateways works to generate multiple access points for youth to experience the power of the arts through collaborative community partnerships and by amplifying youth voices as the critical change agents our city desperately needs. As one of the largest and most comprehensive arts service providers in Chicago, Urban Gateways is recognized as a pioneer in advancing arts access and equity through a range of programs for youth within their communities and through experiential learning opportunities outside of their neighborhoods. 

Urban Gateways has been engaging youth in arts experiences for 60 years. Over that time, the organization has embraced the promise and the power of the arts to help us communicate, celebrate, connect, calm, and to call us to action. As we commemorate Urban Gateways’ 60th Anniversary in 2021, we remain firm in our belief that access to the arts is now more vital than ever.

Read more about our history here >>

Left: An Urban Gateways performance program in the 1960s. Right: An Urban Gateways Virtual Performance (featuring Chicago Dance Crash) in 2020.

Thank you to our 60th Birthday Bash sponsor:

And thanks to our ART & Speaker Series sponsors:

Interested in sponsoring our 60th Anniversary?

Learn more about General 60th Anniversary Sponsorship >>
Learn more about ART & Speaker Series Sponsorship >>