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Urban Gateways Can't Stop and Won't Stop!

Help me support Urban Gateways and all their new programming this year.

Sam Ostrowski's Fundraising for Urban Gateways A Project of Urban Gateways

Over the past year I've had the honor of volunteering with Urban Gateways supporting all of their incredible work allowing students all across the city to experience high-quality arts education programming. And now, I'm even more proud to stand by them as they expand their work in three new, critical programs. Ranging from acquiring a new space in the Wicker Park area to expand the artistic outlets that Urban Gateways can offer to targeted work with youth trauma victims in North Lawndale, this organization isn't adding anything small - but that's why I'm proud to be part of their mission.

Creating all this art and creating creating all this change calls for an expanded budget! To support all this great work, I and the rest of the Associate Board are pledging to raise $10,000 in the month of May. More information on the programs follows, but if you're already set to support then hit that button on the right! As you consider supporting me and Urban Gateways, if you give a gift of $50 or more, mark your calendar for May 24th to be my guest celebrating the Associate Board's success at a Happy Hour at WestEnd.


Arts Healing Trauma: Chicago youth and their families are inundated with traumatic incidents of violence and loss. Traumatic exposure to gun violence, domestic abuse, sexual assault, and substance abuse is experienced both directly and indirectly - as victims, perpetrators, witnesses, and afflicted community members. Urban Gateways recognizes that it often engages the very same youth and families who have been exposed to trauma and has witnessed firsthand the importance of becoming a trauma-informed organization. Without intervention, the life expectancy of youth trauma victims decreases by 20 years. Supported by a $90,000 matching challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Healing Trauma combines Urban Gateways' expertise in high-quality arts education with the clinical services of UCAN (Uhlich Children's Advantage Network), a community-based organization that works with North Lawndale youth and families to recognize the impact of violence and trauma in order to create safety and healing.

Street-Level Youth Media Acquisition: Urban Gateways has acquired Street-Level Youth Media to be reconstituted as its digital media and creative youth development program portfolio. Urban Gateways' successful merger with Art Resources in Teaching (A.R.T.) in 2013 proved that this program and asset acquisition model presents a unique opportunity for greater mission impact through the consolidation of resources. The organization serves over 800 young people through community and school- based programs. Programs now include video production, audio and music production, stop-motion animation, digital photography, graphic arts, and new media. Street-Level instructors lead classes and workshops at its multimedia center and at partnering schools and community-based organizations.

$5 Teen Ticket Initiative: Urban Gateways is launching a city-wide initiative aimed at creating open access and equity for the 270,000 youth ages 13-19, connecting them to Chicago's wealth of live performances for only $5 cash. This $5 Teen Ticket Initiative enables all teens to purchase available day-of-show tickets to music venues, theaters, and other cultural institutions at an extreme discount, effectively providing a passport to the city's cultural treasures. This program will be made available to every teen regardless of their neighborhood, gender, ethnicity, and economic status. Specific outreach efforts will also be made to promote this $5 Teen Ticket Initiative to youth residing in historically under-served or under-resourced communities, particularly in the South and West Sides of Chicago where Urban Gateways predominantly invests its resources to provide access and equity in the arts. With assistance from an Advisory Committee, strategic partners will be identified and engaged to reach specific populations, such as youth who are homeless or in transitional living situations, immigrants and refugees, and those who identify as LGBTQI.

$775 Raised
103% towards $750 Goal

Supported by 10 Donations:

  • Metrdith O.
    I Gave $50
  • Sam O.
    I Gave $50
    Thank you all for the support so far! I'm humbled and so grateful! Now let's see if we can stretch to $1,000!
  • Peter S.
    I Gave $50
  • Kimberlee O.
    I Gave $250
    We are pleased to have the opportunity to support your wonderful outreach efforts and continue to be wowed by all that you do! K & P
  • Silhouette
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  • Alexandria O.
    I Gave $50
  • Sarah H.
    I Gave $100
    So proud of you, Sam! Keep fighting that good fight to keep arts in education where they belong! Love, J&S
  • Cindy C.
    I Gave $50
    I am proud to give to an organization that supports children and the arts! Thank you, Sam, for your dedication to such a worthy cause.