Sunday, October 14, 2018
Chicago Cultural Center

On Sunday, October 14th, Urban Gateways and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) will host the Teen Arts Leadership Summit. As part of the City of Chicago’s Year of Creative Youth (YOCY), the Summit is a one-day event celebrating the role that young people play in the leadership of Chicago arts organizations. This summit will provide a chance for teens to come together to exchange ideas, share experiences, and explore creativity, all with an arts focus.

Sunday, October 14
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington, Chicago

How to Get Involved


Join teens from different youth leadership councils in the arts across Chicago for an exciting day celebrating creativity and leadership. Those registering should be active members of a teen or youth leadership council at a Chicago arts organization for the 2018-19 year and between the ages of 13-19. It’s free, light breakfast and lunch are provided, plus you’ll get some cool giveaways!

Teen registration is now open and will be available through Friday, October 5, 2018.

Register here!

Lead a Session

Teen council members ages 13-19 from Chicago-area arts institutions are invited to share their expertise with fellow young arts leaders at the Teen Arts Leadership Summit. Session proposals from teens outside of arts leadership councils, young alumni of teen leadership programs, or adult administrators with particular expertise may also be considered. All proposals should be diverse and engaging with an emphasis on arts and/or leadership.

Proposals will be accepted until 3pm on Thursday, September 20. Session proposals will be primarily reviewed by the Year of Creative Youth Teen Advisory Council. Stipends will be provided for session leaders and financial support may be available for supplies.

Submit your proposal here!

Share Opportunities with Teens

We invite organizations and schools with arts, leadership, or educational opportunities for teens to join us at our Resource Fair. Between 10am and 1:30pm, teens can stop by to learn more about your programs or resources.

Applications for Resource Fair vendors are now closed. Thanks to all who applied; we will be in touch to confirm participation shortly.

Logo Design Competition

Thank you to all the young designers who submitted Teen Arts Leadership Summit logos to our contest! Submissions are now closed – we plan to reveal a logo and announce our winner soon, so check back!


Thanks to everyone who submitted an application to perform at the Teen Arts Leadership Summit! Applications are now closed; we are reviewing submissions and will be in touch shortly.



Members of the 2017-18 Teen Council for Teen Arts Pass (TAP), a program of Urban Gateways. We look forward to meeting youth and teen council members from arts organizations all over the city on October 14! Photo by Sehar Sufi.