The Voices of Vaughn Occupational High School

Read about Vaughn Occupational students’ experiences with community-based learning at Street-Level Youth Media, where they’re working this year to record a group song about unity.

April 5, 2017 //

6 (of many) moments of inspiration from my 2 months at Urban Gateways…

Development Intern Jeff Shelden shares some shining moments from his internship experience.

January 25, 2017 //

Staff Q&A: Brian Foster, Director of Marketing and Sales

Today on the blog we took a minute for a Staff Q+A with our Director of Marketing and Sales, Brian. Get to know him and how he helps make the Urban Gateways world go round!

October 20, 2016 //

Healing Trauma through the Arts in Chicago and Beyond

Urban Gateways Executive Director Eric Delli Bovi takes a look at how Urban Gateways and other arts organizations are helping program participants heal trauma through creativity. This blog was originally published by the Americans for the Arts ARTSblog.


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 30, 2016 //

Paper Investments

Urban Gateways staffer Karl Saffran writes about poetry chapbooks, the communities they create, and the importance of nurturing emerging artists.


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 …

November 23, 2015 //

Utilizing Your Community as a Classroom

Executive Director Eric Delli Bovi writes for Americans for the Arts’ ARTSblog about the importance of getting students out of the classroom to expand their learning; the good old-fashioned field trip is key.

October 23, 2015 //

The Importance of the Personal: “The Children of Willesden Lane” and the Holocaust

My mother likes to tell the story of when I was 8 and our family went on a trip to Washington DC. Mom wanted to visit the United States Holocaust Museum and so, on the steps of the grey building, she said goodbye to me and my aunt and turned to go inside. That, she …

September 25, 2015 //

FY16 Urban Gateways Staff Retreat: Mosaics, Poetry, and the First Annual Bowling Tournament

Here’s what the Urban Gateways staff knows for sure: we are all learners, our city is a classroom, and we are always up for a lesson. We like to take our organizational staff retreats into the wild, find a new adventure, learn something about art and about ourselves, see what Chicago has to offer us, …