A Blog about a Blog: Mildsauce

Check out the latest face of Mildsauce, a webzine curated by the Street Level Editor’s Club – and learn more about its creative process from youth and instructors.

January 9, 2019 //

Growing Creatively: Meet Olivia

Olivia (18), a Street Level program participant and member of the Teen Arts Pass (TAP) Teen Council, fills you in about how she got involved and how these programs are impacting her and other young Chicagoans.


Reflecting on Deeply Rooted Dance Theater

Student thank you notes, a teacher reflection, and photos from Urban Gateways matinee performances by Deeply Rooted Dance Theater on February 23.


The Voices of Vaughn Occupational High School

Read about Vaughn Occupational students’ experiences with community-based learning at Street-Level Youth Media, where they’re working this year to record a group song about unity.


CoCre8: Coming Together to Reimagine Chicago

CoCre8 2017 brought together a group of high school students, teachers, and artists, encouraging them to break down traditional hierarchies in learning and art making and to create collaboratively.


Street-Level Perspectives: Shane Calvin

Shane Calvin has been attending programs at Street-Level since 2012, and he is now an intern at the multimedia center. He tells us all about what Street-Level has taught him, in media arts and in life.

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Another Gala, Another Great Entertainment Lineup…

From Latin music to Chinese dance and a student drumline, the Art for All Gala entertainment schedule has something for everyone.


From Carnival to Soul Train: The Creative Identity of Miles Davis Academy

Miles Davis Academy has hosted Urban Gateways teaching artists on an ongoing basis for their K-8 classrooms. Learn about the impact of this long-term residency program, and get excited for the school’s end-of-year Soul Train performance!


Justus White: Winner of the Inaugural Emerging Artist Award

Get to know Urban Gateways’ first Emerging Artist Award winner; read about his inspiring journey from Art Options apprentice, to peer mentor, to student at the School of the Art Institute – and take in his moving poetry.