Percussion Healing Trauma

We talked with teaching artist Josh Guy about his experiences at UCAN, where youth who have experienced trauma participate in his weekly percussion workshops.


Street-Level Perspectives: Shane Calvin

Shane Calvin has been attending programs at Street-Level since 2012, and he is now an intern at the multimedia center. He tells us all about what Street-Level has taught him, in media arts and in life.

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Video: Art for All Gala Honorees Tell Their Stories

The Gala is tomorrow – March 10, 2017 – and our award winners are here to tell you how they got involved with Urban Gateways and how arts education can impact our students and communities.


Another Gala, Another Great Entertainment Lineup…

From Latin music to Chinese dance and a student drumline, the Art for All Gala entertainment schedule has something for everyone.


Meet the Art for All Honorees!

We are thrilled to be presenting five inaugural awards to advocates, supporters, and artists at our Art for All Gala on March 10.

January 25, 2017 //

Staff Q&A: Brian Foster, Director of Marketing and Sales

Today on the blog we took a minute for a Staff Q+A with our Director of Marketing and Sales, Brian. Get to know him and how he helps make the Urban Gateways world go round!


From Carnival to Soul Train: The Creative Identity of Miles Davis Academy

Miles Davis Academy has hosted Urban Gateways teaching artists on an ongoing basis for their K-8 classrooms. Learn about the impact of this long-term residency program, and get excited for the school’s end-of-year Soul Train performance!


Justus White: Winner of the Inaugural Emerging Artist Award

Get to know Urban Gateways’ first Emerging Artist Award winner; read about his inspiring journey from Art Options apprentice, to peer mentor, to student at the School of the Art Institute – and take in his moving poetry.

September 7, 2016 //

Jazz Music Provides Visual Inspiration for the New Dyett High School

Teaching artist Nicole Beck helped incoming Dyett High School freshmen to create jazz instrument-inspired installation art that will be mounted in the entryway of their new school, a vibrant visual reminder of the artistic history of the school and community.


Warriors of Peace: Students Reflect on “Amazing Africa” Performance

Fifth grade students from St. Sylvester School in Palmer Square reflect on a Black History Month performance of Urban Gateways touring show “Amazing Africa”, touching on topics from artistic inspiration to cultural diversity.