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.

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August 28, 2015 //

Our Year in Review

Our fiscal year comes to an end on the 31st, and as we jump headlong into a new school year full of new arts experiences, it is also worth reflecting for a moment on all we’ve accomplished since September 1, 2014. In addition to a diverse array of teaching artist and performance-based programs that educate …

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The Internship

Today, while posting our internship description on various job-searching sites, I was able to take a moment to reflect on my own time working as an intern at Urban Gateways. When searching for an internship earlier this summer, I was originally looking to find work at an art consultancy or local gallery. As I plan …

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Is “Paragone” Gone? A Revival of the Comparative Merit of the Arts

The Urban Gateways T-shirt plays off of the Chicago flag with its four red stars and two blue stripes. Inside of the four Urban Gateways stars are symbols to honor four areas of the arts utilized by UG programs. From left to right, they represent music, visual arts, dance, and digital media. UG programs involve …

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The Selfie: Is it Art?

Using a camera phone to take a picture of yourself, or taking a “selfie”, has become increasing popular with the advent of new front facing cameras on iPhones and other modern cell phones. This innovation has made capturing selfies easier than ever, as you can watch a real-time photographed reflection of yourself in order to …

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Music and Productivity?

Everyone has their own opinion of how to create the perfect workspace. Some people need complete silence devoid of any type of stimulation, while others swear that the “coffee shop” environment with a subtle, unimposing murmur of activity is best for productivity. Still others require loud music to get their creative juices flowing. Growing up, …

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The Art of Athletics

Anyone that is in my presence for more than ten minutes will probably pick up that I am passionate about two things outside of my family: Sports (particularly football and basketball) and artistic expression (particularly music and film). I’ve often debated with various friends whether or not sports could be considered art, and opinions have …

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Why Students Need the Arts as a Break

Image: imgkid.com Just last Thursday, my residence hall at the University of Illinois at Chicago held its biannual Coffeehouse event for a predominantly freshmen audience. Some of the best Resident Assistants and first-year students living on campus had the opportunity to showcase their talent through song, spoken word, instruments, and dance. In the midst of …

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March 13, 2015 //

Black History Month and Empowering Our Youth: Recap of The Evolution of African-American Music

About two weeks ago, I had the delightful opportunity to attend my first Urban Gateways touring performance as the Marketing and Communications Intern, and as someone who is immersed in Cultural Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, I became enthused with what Bruce A. Henry and his band offered with their show, “The …

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What do the One World Trade Center and Star Wars have in common?

Traditionally, when we think about the arts, things like music, painting, and dance come to mind. What if we look at art differently, in terms of everyday life? What would art look like then? Art can be found in everyday objects, scenery, creations such as movies and architecture, even in casual storytelling between friends. Taking …

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