A virtual speaker series celebrating Urban Gateways’ 60th Anniversary! All recordings now available on our YouTube channel >>

Through the ART & Speaker Series, Urban Gateways invites our supporters and community members to explore connections between the arts and a variety of timely and thought-provoking topics. Presented in a virtual speaker series format, ART & events feature creative and insightful contributors including artists, arts and community leaders, art enthusiasts, and more.

Throughout 2021, these forums shed light on the far-reaching impact of the arts on our city and our society – and fostered dialogue about how the arts can create change as we all look to move forward.

The ART & series is free for the public to view, although a $19.61 donation per event is suggested for those who are able to contribute (in honor of Urban Gateways’ founding year, 1961). You can make a donation here – thank you in advance!


Click on event headers to read speaker bios for each event!

ART & Storytelling

Premiered Wednesday, February 10, 2021 @ 7pm CST
Everyone has a story to tell. Discover how artists illustrate and build narratives in creative bodies of work. The recording for this event is now available! >>

ART & Race

Premiered Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 7pm
A conversation about disrupting systemic racism in the arts sector, as well as recognizing art that confronts racism. The recording is now available on YouTube >>


Premiered Wednesday, June 9, 2021 @ 7pm
This conversation will highlight how artists are challenging society’s norms and bringing awareness to issues that call for justice.
The recording is now available on YouTube >>


Premiered Wednesday, August 11, 2021 @ 7pm
A dialogue around art as therapy, trauma-informed expression, and how the arts can heal, rejuvenate, and strengthen our communities.
The recording can now be streamed on YouTube >>


Premiered Wednesday, October 13, 2021 @ 7pm
A deep dive into how the arts inspire creativity and impact social change.
The recording can now be streamed on YouTube >>


Premiered Wednesday, December 8, 2021 @ 7pm
2020-2021 has been a trying time for artists and arts organizations; many have had to completely reimagine how they work and create. In this conversation, arts leaders discuss the obstacles they’ve experienced and how they plan to move forward in the years to come.
Watch the recording on YouTube >>


Visit our 60th Anniversary page for more info about our 2021 festivities!


Thanks to our ART & Speaker Series sponsors: