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60th Birthday Bash!

January 28, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

Virtual Event

2021 is Urban Gateways’ 60th Anniversary and we’re ready to get the party started! Join us on Thursday, January 28 at 7pm CST for the kick-off celebration of our 60th birthday year. Hosted by ABC7’s Samantha Chatman and co-hosted by Street Level’s Shane Calvin, with cameo appearances by special guests, this virtual celebration will spark inspiration, highlight our history and mission, and set the stage for a year-long calendar of 60th Anniversary events.

See the Urban Gateways arts community in action with performances by Touring Artists Nelson & Paola Sosa and Teaching Artist Lady Sol (Leyda Garcia), plus Street Level alumni rapper Chaos Network and DJ Aced Spade. We’ll even be joined by founder Jessie Woods’ granddaughter and Associate Board member Anna Warner to take a historical look at what Urban Gateways has represented for the past six decades.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram @urbangateways to interact with us throughout the evening!

The Birthday Bash is FREE and virtual!
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BONUS: 6:30PM COCKTAIL CLASS, live on Instagram!
Our Associate Board is getting in on the fun; tune into Instagram at 6:30pm before the Birthday Bash for a live custom cocktail class with Associate Board Member Rosie Schultz (@punchdrunkrosie) to make a ’61 Smash, in honor of our founding year! Ingredients: Bourbon, lemon, fresh mint, blackberries (fresh or frozen), sugar or simple syrup, club soda, ice. (Rosie will also walk us through substitutions.)

Pictured clockwise from upper left: ABC7’s Samantha Chatman (60th Birthday Bash host); Urban Gateways Touring Artists Nelson and Paola Sosa (performers); Street Level’s Shane Calvin (co-host); Teaching Artist Lady Sol (performer, dance); Street Level alum rapper Chaos Network; and Street Level alum DJ Aced Spade. We can’t wait to celebrate with all of these incredible creatives!

Urban Gateways has been engaging young people in arts experiences to inspire creativity and impact social change since 1961. Join us on January 28 for our Birthday Bash and check out our 60th Anniversary calendar below to save additional dates!

Urban Gateways 60th Calendar of Events

Special thanks to our 60th Anniversary sponsors:
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January 28, 2021
7:00 pm


Virtual Event