June 3, 2021 //

Happy Pride Month!

Urban Gateways is stronger and brighter for the many LGBTQIA+ individuals who are members of our community. Throughout the month we’ll be highlighting LGBTQIA+ artists and advocates of color in particular, since their stories are so frequently underrepresented; we’ll be adding to this post frequently, so keep checking back to see our compiled list of resources.

May 7, 2021 //

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to Urban Gateways Artists!

A thank you shout out to the artist-educators who make our programs possible!

February 25, 2021 //

Spotlight on Megan Smith, 60th Anniversary Intern

Our 60th Anniversary is well underway in 2021 and we wanted to introduce a critical member of the team that’s making our Anniversary activities and events happen: Video Production Intern Megan!


An Important Update from Urban Gateways

Learn how COVID-19 is impacting Urban Gateways and how you can support our work. Stay healthy, stay well – and stay inspired during this challenging time!

March 5, 2020 //

Bill Eller Reflects on 40 Years as a Chicago Teaching Artist

A Chicago Teaching Artist since 1980, Bill Eller retired just last month (February 2020). We couldn’t let him go without a reflection on his long and impactful career!

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February 3, 2020 //

Just Released: Our 2019 Impact Report

Our annual Impact Report is an opportunity for our supporters to see, at a glance, all that we’ve accomplished over the past year. Creating it is also a chance for us to reflect internally on where we’ve been and where we’re going.

December 4, 2019 //

Safe Spaces at Street Level

Street Level youth tell you all about clubs & groups at our media arts center, and how these groups create safe spaces.


Igniting the Spark: The Power of Touring Performances

Get the inside scoop on the power of Touring Performance programs via Jeremy Schaefer, long-time Touring Artist and now Urban Gateways’ Performance Programs Coordinator.

October 8, 2019 //

The Story Behind the NEW Teen Arts Pass App

Building our new Teen Arts Pass (TAP) App was a long and thoughtful process – and we’re thrilled with the result. Here, we tell the story behind this innovative new technology.


Creating New Pathways at Mays Elementary

Read about a multi-year, multidisciplinary artist residency at Mays Elementary in Englewood, where artist Zahra Baker and teacher Sharon Mason have worked alongside students to amplify young people’s voices.