Urban Gateways Recommended for $25,000 Art Works Grant

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National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award recommendation of $25,000 to Urban Gateways for in-school teaching artist residencies across 10 Chicago Public Schools locations. The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and will make 1,029 grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.

“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as Urban Gateways in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”

“This NEA Arts Works grant is a critical investment for engaging youth across Chicago to build essential skills that foster their personal and academic success,” said Urban Gateways Executive Director Eric Delli Bovi. “Urban Gateways will be able to leverage this vital support to deliver high-quality arts experiences and advance student learning.”

The National Endowment for the Arts has provided Urban Gateways with ongoing support for arts programs in Chicago schools as well as separate funding for the Arts Healing Trauma program. NEA support allows the organization to reach hundreds of young Chicagoans each year through arts programs that inspire vibrant futures for youth and their communities.


To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

To learn more about Urban Gateways programs receiving support from the NEA, contact Director of Programs Jill Potter at jpotter@urbangateways.org or 312-445-2751.


Teaching artist Jesse Avina working on a relief printing project with a student at Southside Occupational Academy in Chicago’s Englewood community, May 2017. Jesse’s program at Southside Occupational is one Urban Gateways program that has received funding from NEA Art Works grants. Photo by Alayna Kudalis.