• Challenge: Classroom teachers
    are not well trained to utilize
    the arts as a learning tool
    Research shows that students with high
    levels of arts participation, especially those
    from low-income backgrounds, perform
    better than their peers across a wide
    range of achievement variables. However,
    there is an unfortunate shortage of arts
    specialists in Chicago public schools to
    assist teachers in incorporating art into
    their instruction.


    response: DEVELOPING ARTISTICALLY SOUND SCHOOL 
    ENVIRONMENTS THROUGH ARTS PARTNERSHIPS
    ARTS & CULTURE  | DANCE | LUNA NEGRA DANCE THEATER

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Arts & Culture  Multidisciplinary

Urban Gateways

Urban Gateways (UG) provides a robust offering of arts programs to Chicago youth, targeting neighborhoods that are identified as arts deserts. Programs are offered in schools that place a high priority on building an educational infrastructure for the arts, but lack the resources to employ their own full-time arts faculty. UG teaching artists provide skill-based instruction in dance, digital media, literary arts, music, theater and visual arts. They also collaborate with teachers, administrators and art specialists to develop customized learning programs that are infused with academic curricula. UG reaches 3,200 students through in-school and 1,300 through out-of-school residences, 67,000 through touring performances, 250 teachers through workshops and 55 teaching artists through professional development.