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.

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January 31, 2018 //

Creating Art, Inspiring Change: A New Chapter in Our Story

Urban Gateways has a new logo, a new mission statement, new colors…and a new organizational identity. Here’s the story of how it came to pass.

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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. For eight weeks this summer, the students and seniors worked with teaching artist Grace Needlman and got to know each other through collaborative art-making that …

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July 29, 2015 //

New Touring Artists!

A new school year can mean new teachers, new classrooms, new friends, and a new box of freshly-sharpened number two pencils. Here at Urban Gateways, the new school year means new touring performances! This upcoming school year, we are excited to announce five new shows offered by four new artists. The first, “Band of Steel: …

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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 would be, Urban Gateways is thrilled to announce that the 2015 Art for All Gala, hosted March 20 in the Modern Wing of the Art …

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What do the One World Trade Center and Star Wars have in common?

Traditionally, when we think about the arts, things like music, painting, and dance come to mind. What if we look at art differently, in terms of everyday life? What would art look like then? Art can be found in everyday objects, scenery, creations such as movies and architecture, even in casual storytelling between friends. Taking …

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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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June 20, 2014 //

UG Students Help Wrigley Field Celebrate its 100th Birthday

Michigan Avenue strolls are a trademark of Chicago summers, and at the moment we can give you a pretty good reason to check out the Mag Mile the next time you have friends in town to tour the city (or even if you don’t). Wrigley Field is turning 100 this year, and we have teamed …

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July 10, 2013 //

Teaching At-Risk Youth: Preparing our Educators

Maurice Elias, a professor at the Rutger’s Psychology department, reflects on the growing concerns involved with teaching at-risk youth and preparing teachers for urban schools. Of course, issues surrounding this topic have been discussed for years, along with potential solutions. He decided to look back at 50-year-old wisdom published by Lois Weiner, a professor and …

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July 3, 2013 //

Should the U.S. Have a Secretary of Culture? The Answer is Yes.

I came across a thought piece in the Atlantic this morning asking this very question. I may be biased because I intend to become a musician, but I feel that this cabinet post should have been created a long time ago. In major cities, Artists are four to five percent of the total working population, …

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