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.


Art;________. (A Glimpse at CoCre8 2019)

Get to know the creative process and the final artworks of CoCre8 2019, a cohort of students, teachers, artists, and arts administrators who spent three Saturdays over the spring as well as a week-long intensive in June looking at, talking about, and making art.

June 5, 2019 //

Memo to the Mayor: A Youth Podcast

For the Chicago Community Trust’s On the Table 2019, young people from Street Level and the Teen Arts Pass Teen Council commanded the mic to create their own Memo to the Mayor. Check out their podcast!


Teen Arts Pass’ 1st Birthday – Meet the Teen Council!

This May, Teen Arts Pass (TAP) is 1 year old. To celebrate, we’re sharing stories from a few of our Teen Council members; learn why they’re passionate about helping other teens access the arts.

April 10, 2019 //

Student Perspectives: Tylor & Winter (Residency Program Participants)

At this year’s Art for All Gala we featured a gallery of testimonials from young people across Urban Gateways programs. Get to know Tylor and Winter, students from two of our current artist-in-residence programs with Chicago schools.