Since 2020 is a different kind of year, Urban Gateways is not currently offering in-person programs. But never fear! Artists have been hard at work adapting their practices to create new Virtual Programs. We’re excited to continue sharing the arts with young people and community members.

Below you’ll find information about our current Virtual Program options, along with links to read more about specific program areas.

Click here for information about in-person programming, which we look forward to resuming once it’s safe to gather again.


Virtual Programs

Urban Gateways’ Virtual Programs connect students, educators, and families with arts experiences in a digital environment.

While we’re constantly developing these offerings, the following types of programs are currently available – click on program names for more information. Note that each program can be delivered as either a live program via a virtual platform, or as a pre-recorded video:

Virtual Arts Learning >>

Artist-led direct instruction from an Urban Gateways Teaching Artist in dance, literary arts, media arts, music, theater, or visual arts.

Virtual Performances >>

Educational, arts-based performances by professional artists or ensembles in dance, music, or theater; a virtual version of Touring Performances.

Virtual Professional Development >>

Workshops for educators or youth workers with an arts-focused curriculum designed and led by a Teaching Artist. The theme or focus can be customized to support the school or organization’s goals and will be rooted in dance, music, new media, theater, literary arts, and/or visual arts.

Please contact us for pricing structure and customization options for all of the programs above (Virtual Arts Learning, Virtual Performances, and Virtual Professional Development). Click through to the program pages above for contact information!

Pictured: Screenshot from a Virtual Performance of “Breakin’ It Down: Hip Hop History” with Chicago Dance Crash.


Other opportunities to engage with Urban Gateways directly & virtually:

Street Level and Teen Arts Pass are both providing  virtual programs for young people. To learn more about Street Level’s virtual offerings, visit street-level.org or follow us on Instagram @streetlevelchicago. For Teen Arts Pass, visit teenartspass.org and the program’s [email protected] web page to find ways teens (and others) can continue engaging with our arts partners virtually with online performances, streaming & archived videos, podcasts, and more – plus, follow us on Instagram at @teenartspass.