Another Gala, Another Great Entertainment Lineup…

From Latin music to Chinese dance and a student drumline, the Art for All Gala entertainment schedule has something for everyone.

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Meet the Art for All Honorees!

We are thrilled to be presenting five inaugural awards to advocates, supporters, and artists at our Art for All Gala on March 10.

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December 13, 2016 //

Girls Can Play Football, Boys Can Be Unicorns

Touring artist Jeremy Schaefer shares a delightful anecdote from an interactive storytelling performance at Willard Elementary.

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From Carnival to Soul Train: The Creative Identity of Miles Davis Academy

Miles Davis Academy has hosted Urban Gateways teaching artists on an ongoing basis for their K-8 classrooms. Learn about the impact of this long-term residency program, and get excited for the school’s end-of-year Soul Train performance!

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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.

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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.

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Warriors of Peace: Students Reflect on “Amazing Africa” Performance

Fifth grade students from St. Sylvester School in Palmer Square reflect on a Black History Month performance of Urban Gateways touring show “Amazing Africa”, touching on topics from artistic inspiration to cultural diversity.

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Art Tribe

Ellie O’Hagan is a practicing artist, as well as Urban Gateways’ Executive Assistant. She wrote this beautiful reflection for the Americans for the Arts ARTS Blog. See the original post here.   My sister, Cath, and I are both painters. She’s also a sculptor and I make collages, mostly when I can’t figure out what …

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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.

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Is “Paragone” Gone? A Revival of the Comparative Merit of the Arts

The Urban Gateways T-shirt plays off of the Chicago flag with its four red stars and two blue stripes. Inside of the four Urban Gateways stars are symbols to honor four areas of the arts utilized by UG programs. From left to right, they represent music, visual arts, dance, and digital media. UG programs involve …

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