July 27, 2018 //

The Universal Language of Music

Featuring lively Latin-inspired songs, this diverse collective of musicians expertly demonstrates how music brings people together and showcases the role collaboration can play in creating something entirely unique and exciting. Availability: Monday-Friday, weekends For All Ages Technical Requirements: Access to electrical outlets (or long extension cord if outlets are not close to performing area) Minimum …

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The Roots of Black Dance in America

Explore the evolution of black dance in America from traditional African to concert jazz dance seen today through dynamic performances and interactive elements. Through the course of the show, audiences will discover how movement and expression can create community. Availability: Monday-Friday For All Ages Technical Requirements:  Two microphones with stands Sound system with auxiliary cord …

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The Harmony of Korean Drumming and Dancing

Captivating artists illuminate the grace and power of traditional Korean drumming and dancing by demonstrating intricate performances. Harmony and its role in nature and the Korean arts is featured throughout. This dynamic performance will showcase four traditional styles including: Sul-janggu- rhythms of a janggu (hourglass drum); Samul-nori- playing of two metal instruments and two skin …

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July 5, 2018 //

The Puppet Place

Lively versions of favorite stories, traditional fairy-tales, and original fable filled with fantastical characters and hilarious twists.

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January 31, 2018 //

Mother & Daughter Workshop at Nuestro Center

Youth, Family, and Community Workshop Teaching artist Diana Solís led a 3-part Mother/Daughter Workshop at Nuestro Center in Highwood, IL from December 27-29, 2017. This visual arts workshop series focused on themes of Latina empowerment, culture, and identity; from portraiture to collage, workshop participants teamed up with their family members to explore facets of identity …

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Dance Across Genres at Pope John Paul II

Immersion Workshop Urban Gateways touring artists Chicago Dance Crash led an energetic and interactive performance of their show History of Dance from Ballet to Breakdancing, followed by a workshop for students at Pope John Paul II Catholic School. Students learned about the art of dance by tracing the origins and influences of style as diverse as …

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World Rhythms at Gill Park

Immersion Workshop Performers Jason Wolf and Andrew Elbert from Pulse Beat Music, an Urban Gateways touring group, performed their global percussion show The Birthplace of Rhythm for students with Greeley Elementary’s after-school program at Gill Park.  Students sang, danced, learned about drums and rhythms from cultures all over the world…and after the performance, they even got to try …

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After School Hip Hop at Lee Elementary

3rd through 6th grade students at Lee Elementary showed off their new dance moves during a performance for peers and parents on January 17, 2018, the culminating event for an after school hip hop & dance residency with Urban Gateways teaching artist Yolanda Pittman-Maloney. Thanks to photographer Lucas Anti for the fantastic photos! See more …

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Zapata’s Young Photographers

Media teaching artist Oli Rodriguez spent his spring (2017) at Zapata Elementary helping students explore identity, community, and their Back of the Yards neighborhood through photography. Oli’s 1st, 2nd, and 7th grade classes focused on portraits and landscapes. Seventh graders, pictured here doing portrait work on May 10, discussed community engagement and activism and how empowerment …

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Southside Occupational: Mindfulness & Art

At Southside Occupational, teaching artist Jesse Avina’s partnership with classroom art teacher Ms. Radomski allowed high school students with special needs to encounter the mindfulness that accompanies art-making. Over the course of several years, Jesse and his students planned and built a mosaic mural in the school’s main hallway that communicates a message of welcome …

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