Urban Gateways offers both Virtual and In-Person Programs in each of the areas below; reach out to us via our inquiry forms (linked from all of our program pages) to start a conversation about the program type and format that’s right for your school or organization – and learn more about our COVID Policy for In-Person Programs at this page.
Urban Gateways programs are led by professional artists in dance, literary arts, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts.
By connecting Chicago-area youth, their teachers, families, and communities with professional artists, we encourage creative expression as a vital component for inspired lives, vibrant environments, and lasting social change.
Instructional Programs include Residencies, Workshops, and Professional Development; these programs allow young people – as well as families, community members, and educators – to continue growing and developing their creativity in any learning environment, whether in-person, remote, or hybrid.
Learn more about our Instructional Programs via the pages below, and request an Instructional Program using this form!
Urban Gateways Performances bring captivating shows by many of Chicago’s finest dance, music, and theater groups to schools and communities. We currently have Performances available virtually (livestream or on-demand) as well as in-person. Click below to learn more, and request both virtual and in-person performances using this request form.
Pictured: Screenshot from a Virtual Performance of “Breakin’ It Down: Hip Hop History” with Chicago Dance Crash.
More Urban Gateways Programs
The programs above (Instructional Programs & Performances) reflect offerings that are directly available to our school and community partners. Urban Gateways programs also include the following:
Our youth multi-media center located at 1637 N Ashland Ave in Chicago. Young people can engage directly with Street Level via drop-ins, instructional multi-media learning, clubs, mildsauce.org (Street Level’s youth-led webzine), and more. Street Level also partners with schools and organizations for field trips and professional development in the media arts. Follow them on Instagram at @streetlevelchicago, and learn more here >>
A (free!) membership program that allows teens to access $5 tickets to arts events all over Chicago, as well as access to members-only programs and perks. Follow on Instagram @teenartspass and learn more here >>