October 20, 2016 //

Healing Trauma through the Arts in Chicago and Beyond

Urban Gateways Executive Director Eric Delli Bovi takes a look at how Urban Gateways and other arts organizations are helping program participants heal trauma through creativity. This blog was originally published by the Americans for the Arts ARTSblog.

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November 16, 2015 //

Diversity in Arts Participation: Current Overview and Efforts for Progress

What diversity (or lack therof) in the arts looks like today; what we should be doing to make improvements; and what those improvements will do for our creativity and our society.

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October 23, 2015 //

The Importance of the Personal: “The Children of Willesden Lane” and the Holocaust

My mother likes to tell the story of when I was 8 and our family went on a trip to Washington DC. Mom wanted to visit the United States Holocaust Museum and so, on the steps of the grey building, she said goodbye to me and my aunt and turned to go inside. That, she …

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October 16, 2015 //

STEM to STEAM: The Role of Arts Education in Preparing Students for the Future

“The difference between science and the arts is not that they are different sides of the same coin… or even different parts of the same continuum, but rather, they are manifestations of the same thing. The arts and sciences are avatars of human creativity.” – Mae Jemison

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February 11, 2015 //

Arts and Community Mental Health: Improvement of Self-Worth and Management

There’s a reason why arts programs are beneficial to Chicago communities and our youth. A 2013 study published in the Journal of Health Psychology shows individuals with long-term mental health problems who participated in a 2-year community arts project improved their self-worth, management of mental health, their sense of belonging, acquisition of valued skills, and …

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January 30, 2015 //

Arts + Culture = Economics + Happiness

Arts educators are constantly hunting for the latest quantitative research showing how dramatically the arts affect human growth and development – not because they doubt the arts’ qualitative merits, but because let’s face it, numbers can be easier to grasp (especially in the digital age of ever-shrinking attention spans). Sometimes it’s frustrating to need numbers, …

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The Top 14 of 2014

Happy New Year! 2015 dawns full of exciting things for Urban Gateways – we’re participating in Turnaround Arts: Chicago, we’re hosting our annual Art for All Gala on March 20 at the Art Institute of Chicago for the second year in a row, our Executive Director was elected to the Americans for the Arts Advisory …

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November 7, 2014 //

Party for arts education at Parliament Chicago

If you’ve never before attended a New Arts Forum (Urban Gateways Auxiliary Board) event to support arts education, now’s your best chance yet: ARTINI 2014 is next Friday, November 14, from 6-9pm at Parliament Chicago in River North. ALL are welcome. Below, our Top 7 reasons to join us next Friday! THE VENUE This year …

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October 31, 2014 //

Chicago’s Arts Education Plan: Where is it now?

If you’re wondering what ever happened to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Arts Education plan two years after its lauded unveiling – you’re probably not the only one. The good news is, movement is happening and arts education is now broadly recognized as a priority for Chicago schools, students, and citizens. The bad news is …

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October 8, 2014 //

Comedy: The Forgotten Art

From television to movies, comedies have only grown in popularity from year to year. Still, most people would not necessarily consider comedy to be an art form. Since it has become so popular, comedy has separated itself from what is traditionally considered art by becoming a mass produced medium. Television shows such as “Family Guy”, …

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