July 23, 2018 //

Announcing the Logo Design Contest for Teen Arts Leadership Summit!

Spread the word: Any Chicago-area teen age 13-19 is invited to envision and submit a design for our Teen Arts Leadership Summit logo!


Reflecting on Deeply Rooted Dance Theater

Student thank you notes, a teacher reflection, and photos from Urban Gateways matinee performances by Deeply Rooted Dance Theater on February 23.

January 31, 2018 //

Creating Art, Inspiring Change: A New Chapter in Our Story

Urban Gateways has a new logo, a new mission statement, new colors…and a new organizational identity. Here’s the story of how it came to pass.


The Voices of Vaughn Occupational High School

Read about Vaughn Occupational students’ experiences with community-based learning at Street-Level Youth Media, where they’re working this year to record a group song about unity.


CoCre8: Coming Together to Reimagine Chicago

CoCre8 2017 brought together a group of high school students, teachers, and artists, encouraging them to break down traditional hierarchies in learning and art making and to create collaboratively.

May 31, 2017 //

The Zen of Relief Printing

Taking a look at Southside Occupational Academy, where teaching artist Jesse Avina is helping students find their true colors with relief printing and a variety of art-making projects.


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.