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

Teens: Attend the Summit!

Are you a Chicago-area teen who is either a member of a teen or youth leadership council at a Chicago-area arts organization or interested in arts and leadership? Join teens engaged in arts organizations and programs across Chicago for an exciting day celebrating creativity and leadership. It’s free, light breakfast and lunch are provided, plus you’ll get some cool giveaways. Teen registration is OPEN!

Teens can also submit to show work in our teen visual arts gallery, and teens attending the Summit can sign up for an open mic to close out the day.

Register here for #TALSummit2018!

Already registered? Learn your way around the Summit – including schedule, maps, sessions, and more – with this Program Guide.

Congrats to Tallulah, the young artist who won our logo design contest! The logo in the flyer above is her design.

Group Registration:

Are you an administrator at an arts organization working with a teen or youth leadership council? Want to register teens as a group? You can do so using this group registration form. Contact Tarah at with any questions.

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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.

Session proposals are now closed and are being reviewed by our staff and the Year of Creative Youth Teen Advisory Council. We will be in touch with all applicants soon!

Resource Fair

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; you should have received confirmation of your participation! If you have questions, please reach out to Anna at

Logo Design Competition

Thank you to all the young designers who submitted Teen Arts Leadership Summit logos to our contest! Submissions are now closed – check out the winner above!


Thanks to everyone who submitted an application to perform at the Teen Arts Leadership Summit. Applications are now closed and we have notified all applicants regarding their participation. If you have questions, reach out to Tarah at