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 …


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 …

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 …


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 …

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 …

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 …


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 …

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 …

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 …


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 …