An Important Update from Urban Gateways

First and foremost, during this time of great uncertainty, we hope you and your loved ones are well. With schools and community spaces closed due to the spread of COVID-19 in Chicago, we are saddened that we are unable to share the arts with young people at a time when they likely need inspiration the most. …


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.


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.