Holding Chicago High: Mosaic-Making at Southside Occupational Academy

Students at Southside Occupational Academy worked with teaching artist Jesse Avina in 2015 and 2016 over the span of two residencies, in which they explored the styles of many different artists in hands-on projects. Their final project was an impressive mural that now hangs in one of their school’s hallways, speaking to the themes of diversity and empowerment.

March 23, 2016 //

Defining Identity

What is identity? Does identity change over time? Is identity shaped by your family and the communities in which you live? These questions are multi-faceted, aimed to stimulate thought, to provoke inquiry and spark more questions. This is exactly what William Eller hopes to accomplish through his new visual arts residency program at St. Margaret …


Intro to Traveling Minds

Pilsen is a uniquely creative Chicago neighborhood, with a uniquely vibrant arts scene that includes public works, museums, a plentitude of artist studios, and a deep connection to many residents’ Mexican heritage. It is also the neighborhood where Urban Gateways teaching artist Victoria Martinez grew up and the neighborhood where her artistic career first found …

January 5, 2016 //

World Weavers 2015: Finding Stories in Textiles

December at Urban Gateways means the end of another fiscal year, the close of many fall arts programs, time off to rest and reflect…and as of last year, it also means the much-anticipated World Weavers project culmination. 2015-16 is the second year of this program for 6th graders at Stone Academy in West Rogers Park; …

December 11, 2012 //

See the impact of arts ed at Nuestro Center!

Our awesome Measurement and Documentation Manager, Carrie Rosales, is hard at work creating post-residency impact reports to showcase the amazing work of our teaching artists. We thought it was high time to get Carrie’s input on here directly. Below is Carrie’s impact report from Nuestro Center, a youth development center in Highwood where teaching artist …