NEA Supports Street Level Programs

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Urban Gateways to Receive $15,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for Street Level Programs

CHICAGO, IL (May 15, 2019) National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $15,000 to Urban Gateways for Street Level programs providing media arts access to young people in Chicago. Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking, and will award 977 grants in this category.

“These awards, reaching every corner of the United States, are a testament to the artistic richness and diversity in our country,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Organizations such as Urban Gateways are giving people in their community the opportunity to learn, create, and be inspired.”

“We are truly thrilled and grateful for the vital support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts so that young people can continue to learn and grow through arts and media. NEA support is an incredibly meaningful testament to the confidence in our work and impact,” explains Urban Gateways President and CEO Eric Delli Bovi.

Young people’s voices are often underrepresented in the media; Street Level is a place for them to make art, express their ideas, and tell their stories through multimedia art forms. Media arts programs at Street Level promote self-expression, communication, and social change.

For more information contact Abby Prescott, Urban Gateways Chief Communications Officer, at 312.445.2755 or

Urban Gateways engages young people in arts experiences to inspire creativity and impact social change. Street Level is a program of Urban Gateways; young people at Street Level learn about video production, audio and music production, stop-motion animation, digital journalism, photography, graphic arts, and new media. Street Level instructors lead classes and workshops at our multimedia center at 1637 North Ashland Avenue, and at partnering schools and community-based organizations throughout Chicago. A Street Level promo video can be found here.

Pictured: Street Level youth during a podcasting session at the Art Institute of Chicago, September 2018. Photo by Alice Feldt.