November 6, 2015 //

The Children of Willesden Lane: Thoughts from Our Audience

From October 28-30, Urban Gateways welcomed 6,200 Chicago students and teachers representing 45 schools and 27 zip codes to the Harris Theater for Music and Dance to experience Mona Golabek’s amazing show, “The Children of Willesden Lane.” Hear what they had to say about this moving performance experience.

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 …

September 4, 2015 //

Thoughts from a Crosswalk Artist

Urban Gateways’ new creative aging initiative, Crosswalk, brought together students as young as 16 and seniors as old as 94 at Montgomery Place, a senior living facility in Hyde Park. …


The New Arts Forum’s Summer Event: Why TASK?

Urban Gateways’ Auxiliary Board, the New Arts Forum, is trying out a brand new summer fundraiser this year – a TASK Party. Join us on July 19, and learn more …


Class is in Session

Cast your mind back to when you were a kid in school. For me it was parochial school in Des Plaines and Arlington Heights, with the old wooden desks, and …

May 15, 2015 //

Scientists for Tomorrow€ Attend 5th Annual STEAM Conference at Northeastern Illinois University

STEM to STEAM: Take science, technology, engineering, and math – and infuse the arts. This educational concept indicates the role the arts play in creative innovation, which benefits everything from …


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 …

April 16, 2015 //

Four Layer Players to Rock the House of Blues

A performance at the House of Blues would be a dream come true for any aspiring musician. In the case of EPIC Academy’s Four Layer Players, it’s a completely atttainable …

April 3, 2015 //

Art for All Gala Raises over $310,000 for Arts Education

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, donors, and sponsors, not to mention the performers, event staff, and volunteers who made the evening as fabulous as we had hoped it …

March 5, 2015 //

Art for All Gala Performers to Light Up the Artistic Spectrum

One of my favorite elements of Urban Gateways’ annual Art for All Gala is the performances. Over the past several years we’ve seen incredible live ballet, hip hop, spoken word, …