September 7, 2016 //

Jazz Music Provides Visual Inspiration for the New Dyett High School

Teaching artist Nicole Beck helped incoming Dyett High School freshmen to create jazz instrument-inspired installation art that will be mounted in the entryway of their new school, a vibrant visual reminder of the artistic history of the school and community.


Welcoming Five New Shows to Our Touring Roster!

Today we are taking a moment to learn about five new 2016-17 touring performances! From taiko to tap dance, they cover an array of artistic and cultural influences.

June 8, 2016 //

Teaching Students About “The Birds and the Bees”

Students at Chinatown’s Haines Elementary worked with teaching artist Nicole Beck to learn about pollinator extinction and to create wearable artwork celebrating the importance of plants. They brought their creations to the 2016 STEAM Conference, where they were some of the youngest (and most fashionable) presenters!


Celebrating Abstraction at the Islamic Community Center of Illinois

Teaching artist James Jankowiak blogged to tell us about his six-week artist residency at ICCI, in which he and his K-6th grade students took full advantage of their short time together by creating beautiful abstractions.


Randolph Elementary’s After-School Trifecta

After-school artist residency programs at Randolph provided 5th through 8th grade students with access to three different arts experiences: vocal music, African dance, and percussion.

October 2, 2015 //

Entrance Mosaic by South Shore Students Welcomes Community with Creativity

“It was really fun and really hard work,” one eighth grader at South Shore Fine Arts Academy told me of her recent experience creating a mosaic for her school’s entrance. …

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. …

August 14, 2015 //

When you can’t actually take a field trip to the Caribbean…

Summer has reached its peak in Chicago, and depending largely on the dew point, you’re probably spending a lot of time either lounging away from the sun or exploring, whether …


Immersion Workshops Promote Summer-Long Learning, Spark Inspiration

School’s out, but Urban Gateways continues to send artists to summer programs all over the city from June through August. Featured here, two touring groups led immersion workshops to keep …

June 26, 2015 //

From Pullman to Southside, Building Awareness One School Hallway at a Time

Most of our school-based programs have concluded for the year, but a number of our artist-in-residence programs left lasting marks on the communities they served. We thought we’d take a …