June 20, 2018 //

TAP and Arts Exposure: “More Than Feeling Fancy”

We love this Teen Arts Pass (TAP) feature on the blog of Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities, which discusses the new Urban Gateways initiative and the impact it’s already having on young Chicagoans. TAP allows teens to experience live arts performances all around Chicago for only $5. The blog features 2017-18 TAP Teen Council …

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June 2, 2018 //

Teen Arts Pass on Good Day Chicago

Urban Gateways Executive Director Eric Delli Bovi, plus Teen Arts Pass (TAP) 2017-18 Teen Council members Jamani and Isabel, hung out with Sally Schulze on Good Day Chicago’s June 2 show to tell the city all about TAP. The newest Urban Gateways initiative allows teens to access $5 tickets to live dance, music, and theater …

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June 1, 2018 //

Staff Member Tarah Durnbaugh Announced as 2018 CAELI Participant

The Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI) through the National Guild for Community Arts Education is a rigorous leadership development program in which Urban Gateways Director of Programs Jill Potter has previously participated – and this year we’re thrilled that Tarah Durnbaugh, Performance Programs Manager, has been selected to the class of 2018! Tarah is …

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May 10, 2018 //

ABC 7 Chicago Features TAP Launch

Teen Arts Pass (TAP), Urban Gateways’ newest initiative which allows teens to access live arts performances all around Chicago for only $5, launched just a few days ago; ABC 7 Chicago picked up the story with this article. The ABC piece discusses how TAP was developed with the input of local teens, highlights celebratory launch …

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March 2, 2018 //
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Chicago Citizen Covers “Amazing Africa” Performance

On February 21, Urban Gateways touring group Ayodele performed their show “Amazing Africa” at the Garfield Park Conservatory in honor of Black History Month. This show features traditional West African dance, drumming, attire, and proverbs that share messages of unity and empowerment. It’s an incredible performance and we’re glad patrons and families got to experience …

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December 19, 2017 //
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Dee Dee Pacheco Selected for Multicultural Leadership Academy

We are thrilled to share the news that Dee Dee Pacheco, Urban Gateways Program Manager for Residency & Special Projects, has been selected to participate in Latino Policy Forum’s 2018 Multicultural Leadership Academy. The Academy, now in its second year, encourages intercultural collaboration and collaborative social action between Latinos and African Americans in Illinois. It …

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November 17, 2017 //
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“Hiplet is Not Your Grandmother’s Ballet”

Here’s a fun one: Former Urban Gateways artist Homer Hans Bryant, who visited schools through Urban Gateways in the 1990s to present his “rap ballet”, is now the creator of an innovative art form and the founder of a dance company. Hiplet is a fusion between hip-hop and ballet, and it’s taking the world by …

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May 18, 2017 //

“14 years old, South Side and feeling helpless”

A recent column by writer and journalist Natalie Moore in the Chicago Sun-Times focused on Monica, a 14-year-old South Side resident who feels helpless about gun violence in her community. Moore uses the column as an opportunity to discuss what we can all do to help young people like Monica discover their voices and their …

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March 27, 2017 //
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Crain’s Examines NEA’s Central Role in Chicago Arts

After a recent White House budget plan proposed to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, Crain’s Chicago Business took a look at what the elimination would mean for Chicago arts and culture. Urban Gateways was mentioned as a Chicago organization that engages urban youth through arts programs funded by …

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December 15, 2016 //
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Local Media Applaud NEA Grant Recipients

The Chicago Sun-Times on December 13 wrote about Chicago-area organizations that were included in the latest list of National Endowment for the Arts grant recipients; check out the Sun-Times post here. On December 15, PerformInk Chicago also highlighted a list of local NEA grant recipients; see their coverage here. Learn more about Urban Gateways’ NEA Creativity Connects …

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