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.


A Blog about a Blog: Mildsauce

Check out the latest face of Mildsauce, a webzine curated by the Street Level Editor’s Club – and learn more about its creative process from youth and instructors.

January 9, 2019 //

Growing Creatively: Meet Olivia

Olivia (18), a Street Level program participant and member of the Teen Arts Pass (TAP) Teen Council, fills you in about how she got involved and how these programs are impacting her and other young Chicagoans.


Reflecting on Deeply Rooted Dance Theater

Student thank you notes, a teacher reflection, and photos from Urban Gateways matinee performances by Deeply Rooted Dance Theater on February 23.


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.


CoCre8: Coming Together to Reimagine Chicago

CoCre8 2017 brought together a group of high school students, teachers, and artists, encouraging them to break down traditional hierarchies in learning and art making and to create collaboratively.


Street-Level Perspectives: Shane Calvin

Shane Calvin has been attending programs at Street-Level since 2012, and he is now an intern at the multimedia center. He tells us all about what Street-Level has taught him, in media arts and in life.

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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.