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 four incredible Chicago dance companies on the stage of The Dance Center at Columbia College. Though there is value in just exposing students to high-quality …


Exploring Diversity through Dance

BY TEACHING ARTIST ZINEB CHRAIBI During the month of February, our morning program “Reading with the Arts” for kindergarten through 2nd graders at Greeley Elementary celebrated Black History Month by reading a children’s story about legendary American choreographer Alvin Ailey. We started a conversation about heritage and how artists such as Ailey use their heritage …

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, Mexican folkloric dance, jazz music…the list goes on. This year’s Gala is just two weeks out (Friday, March 20) and we’ll be celebrating and supporting …


The Top 14 of 2014

Happy New Year! 2015 dawns full of exciting things for Urban Gateways – we’re participating in Turnaround Arts: Chicago, we’re hosting our annual Art for All Gala on March 20 at the Art Institute of Chicago for the second year in a row, our Executive Director was elected to the Americans for the Arts Advisory …


Urban Gateways T-shirt Makes Worldwide Debut

We have brand-new, Chicago-themed, Urban Gateways T-shirts available, and we have challenged our Board of Directors, artists, staff, etc to show off their new shirts in faraway locations and send the photos our way. So far we’ve received photos from Mexico, Thailand, Hong Kong, Washington DC, Washington State, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Illinois. …

November 25, 2014 //

Parent Testimonial: The incredible impact of live performance

It’s almost Thanksgiving, and we are grateful for the opportunity to spread the inspiration of the arts to more Chicago-area youth with every passing year. To celebrate this inspiration, here’s a quote from a parent who worked with Urban Gateways to bring a touring performance by Chicago Dance Crash (“History of Dance From Ballet to …


World Weavers Project Kicks Off at Stone Academy

By Bill Eller, Teaching Artist As a long-time teaching artist, I am always excited to participate in truly innovative school programs with potential for strong impact on students. I’m contributing to this blog to talk about an exciting new two-year Urban Gateways pilot residency titled the World Weavers Project. The program is being conducted out …

July 11, 2014 //

Pre-ArtSee Q+A with Be the Groove Performer Kevin Brown

ArtSee, the party for arts education that we’ve been looking forward to for months, is happening at Zolla/Lieberman Gallery next Wednesday, July 16 (tickets only $20 – reserve one here). Between the sculpture exhibit, art-making, performances, and refreshments, you probably need no convincing that it will be a great time for a great cause. But …


Choreographing a Dance of Connections

Some of our favorite programs stem from situations in which students have the opportunity to experience an art form for the very first time: The impact can be incredible. Take Lin Shook’s recent dance residency at Ames Middle School in Logan Square, a program with Urban Gateways and Elev8; with just two rehearsals a week …

June 27, 2014 //

Urban Gateways artists performing at FREE events all summer with Chicago Park District!

You heard right! This summer is your chance to see the performance groups we’re constantly bragging about in artistic action, totally and 100% FREE. Artists who perform shows in Urban Gateways partner schools throughout the year are heading to the parks! We are teaming up with the Chicago Park District to bring these free music, …