February 1, 2022 //

Black History Month & Black Arts in Chicago

During Black History Month we’ll continue to add resources, events, and organizations to support via this link – with a focus on Black artists, art forms, and arts organizations in Chicago.

November 9, 2021 //

ART & Artist Spotlight: Justin Grey

Introducing an artist who’s been critical to bringing creative energy to our 60th Anniversary ART & Speaker Series!

September 8, 2021 //

Celebrating & Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, an opportunity to celebrate and amplify Hispanic and Latinx communities, perspectives, and art forms. We’ll continue to add resources, events, and organizations to support via this link!

September 2, 2021 //

Recording Now Available from the “Amplifying Authenticity” Teen Panel

The recording is now available from our “Amplifying Authenticity” teen panel on August 24! Hear from teen leaders about what they envision for the future of our city’s arts sector, and how to make sure we bring young people in.

June 3, 2021 //

June is African-American Music Appreciation Month

African-American musicians have made their mark on every moment of our nation’s history through their work and inspiration. Throughout June, we’ll use this link to compile resources, events, and organizations to support.


Happy Pride Month!

Urban Gateways is stronger and brighter for the many LGBTQIA+ individuals who are members of our community. Throughout the month we’ll be highlighting LGBTQIA+ artists and advocates of color in particular, since their stories are so frequently underrepresented; we’ll be adding to this post frequently, so keep checking back to see our compiled list of resources.

May 7, 2021 //

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to Urban Gateways Artists!

A thank you shout out to the artist-educators who make our programs possible!

February 25, 2021 //

Spotlight on Megan Smith, 60th Anniversary Intern

Our 60th Anniversary is well underway in 2021 and we wanted to introduce a critical member of the team that’s making our Anniversary activities and events happen: Video Production Intern Megan!


An Important Update from Urban Gateways

Learn how COVID-19 is impacting Urban Gateways and how you can support our work. Stay healthy, stay well – and stay inspired during this challenging time!

March 5, 2020 //

Bill Eller Reflects on 40 Years as a Chicago Teaching Artist

A Chicago Teaching Artist since 1980, Bill Eller retired just last month (February 2020). We couldn’t let him go without a reflection on his long and impactful career!

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