Getting Inspired with Contemporary Dance: Creativity in Motion

BY PERFORMANCE PROGRAMS MANAGER TARAH DURNBAUGH On Thursday, March 26th, Urban Gateways presented two packed performances of an original matinee performance for students called Creativity in Motion. The show featured four incredible Chicago dance companies on the stage of The Dance Center at Columbia College. Though there is value in just exposing students to high-quality …


Exploring Diversity through Dance

BY TEACHING ARTIST ZINEB CHRAIBI During the month of February, our morning program “Reading with the Arts” for kindergarten through 2nd graders at Greeley Elementary celebrated Black History Month by reading a children’s story about legendary American choreographer Alvin Ailey. We started a conversation about heritage and how artists such as Ailey use their heritage …

December 18, 2014 //

World Weavers complete rug designs at Stone Academy

By Bill Eller, Teaching Artist This entry is a follow-up to Bill Eller’s October 22 post introducing the World Weavers project – read his earlier post HERE. >> In early October I kicked off a wonderful new residency for Stone Elementary Scholastic Academy 6th graders that incorporated cross-cultural learning alongside visual and textile arts. During …


World Weavers Project Kicks Off at Stone Academy

By Bill Eller, Teaching Artist As a long-time teaching artist, I am always excited to participate in truly innovative school programs with potential for strong impact on students. I’m contributing to this blog to talk about an exciting new two-year Urban Gateways pilot residency titled the World Weavers Project. The program is being conducted out …

February 18, 2014 //

Art for All Gala Entertainment Announced!

By Abby Csanda, Associate Director of Individual Giving When planning the Art for All Gala, we try to put together a diverse showcase that highlights much of our programming while also offering really exciting entertainment for our guests. This year, we have an amazing lineup for the March 21 event: Mexican folklore dance by 5th, …

February 14, 2014 //

Teaching Artist for a day: Executive Director Eric assists at DuBois School

By Eric Delli Bovi, Executive Director I recently set out to DuBois Elementary where Urban Gateways is serving every student with residencies in music, visual arts, theater, and dance through the entire school year. DuBois is Chicago’s southernmost elementary school, near the Calumet River and within the Altgeld Gardens public housing project. Like many of …


Hear from a volunteer: Photographing an Urban Gateways dance residency

By volunteer photographer Alayna Kudalis   Have you ever tried to learn a specific style of dance? Hip hop, ballet, jazz, folk or anything else? Well, I can tell you that I’ve made attempts in the past to learn to dance in different ways, shapes and forms and have more or less failed pretty miserably …

January 27, 2014 //

Staff Q+A: Get to know Kristy, Associate Director of Institutional Giving

We are into Part 2 of the Polar Vortex of 2014, so while you cozy up at home under a pile of blankets [for all the Chicagoans out there], take a few minutes to read about yet another of Urban Gateways’ very awesome and very artistic staff members – Kristy Conway, Associate Director of Institutional …

November 27, 2013 //

Guest Blogger Jessica Taylor: Working with Eric Booth at the National Guild Conference

Jessica Taylor works at Merit School of Music, participates in Urban Gateways’ Junior Board (New Arts Forum), and contributes her skills as an all-around advocate for arts education in Chicago and beyond. Here, Jessica shares her experience at the National Guild for Community Arts Education Conference a few weeks ago in Chicago. We’re lucky to …


CoCre8(ing) in Washington Park

By Carrie Rosales, Urban Gateways Measurement & Documentation Manager This spring, Urban Gateways formed a collective with several Washington Park organizations, teachers, artists, and youth to produce a community based learning initiative rooted in the arts. The collective was named CoCre8. It included Urban Gateways, The Smart Museum, the Washington Park Arts Incubator, and the …