Going Green at Greeley – with a bright and art-filled community garden!

By Jamie Kostecki Greeley Elementary 1st through 6th graders got their Green on during Sonja Henderson’s awesome residency in early July. The students channeled their green thumb by planting tomato seeds, tilling soil, and constructing trellises. Who says city kids can’t garden?! Watch out Florida and California, Chicago is the new up-and-coming tomato grower! In …

July 3, 2012 //

Breaking News: Massive Outbreak in Smiles at Nixon Elementary Final Performance

By Jamie Kostecki Still have a “Case of the Mondays” on a Tuesday? Looking to turn that frown upside-down? Well, I have the perfect solution, let me tell you! Teaching artist Kimberly Schomburg recently held a dance residency with Nixon Elementary School, and it was a raging success. Kimberly divided the youngsters into three groups …


Murals, Masks & Multi-Cultural Art Prevail at Otis School

By Jamie Kostecki Okay, so how awesome is Urban Gateways artist Judy Petacque? Not only is she a great teaching artist, but she also put together this super creative scrapbook documenting her residency with students at Otis School in West Town this spring! Check out the Flickr album here. Judy’s vision was to have all …

June 12, 2012 //

UG Teaching Artist Showcases Student Work at Gallery 37

By Sherre Cullen, Urban Gateways Director of Development Sonja Henderson, long-time Urban Gateways Teaching Artist, showcased the work of her students at Gallery 37 at a reception on May 24. The sculptures were not only beautiful, but some of them were also animatronic. Austin Traylor, a 17-year-old senior at King College Prep High School, created …


Coming Together through African Dance

What: Dance residency for 6th to 8th graders Where: Fairfield Academy in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood During this African dance residency, Urban Gateways teaching artist Amaniyea Payne’s goal was to teach her students dance as a means of self expression and communication, open them up to another culture, build their vocabulary, and explore the strong …

March 29, 2012 //

FootworKINGz to light up the dance floor at Art for All Gala

This Friday is Urban Gateways’ Art for All Gala at Chicago’s Venue One, with Mayor Rahm Emanuel as Honorary Chair. We are thrilled about this event and about our wonderful performers – jazz trio The Second Hand Three, Elements Contemporary Ballet (both previously featured on this blog), Young Chicago Authors’ Louder Than a Bomb…and now, …