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Art Resources in Teaching and Urban Gateways Announce Merger

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Sep 06, 2013
Chicago, IL

Two Chicago based Guild members, Art Resources in Teaching (A.R.T.) and Urban Gateways, have announced their merger effective July 2013. The union of these two organizations will help to improve and expand arts education opportunities for Chicago youth. Founded in 1894 and 1961 respectively, A.R.T. and Urban Gateways have a combined 171 years of serving children in need with free access to high-quality arts experiences amid the longstanding and systematic reduction of arts education in public schools.

A.R.T. will be identified as Urban Gateways' Visual Arts Program and will be one of the largest and most comprehensive arts service providers in Chicago. Urban Gateways is also establishing an A.R.T. Giving Circle to maintain a direct recognition for A.R.T. donors; inviting A.R.T. Teaching Artists and Board Members to join the Urban Gateways community, and implementing specific A.R.T. signature programs to carry forward the Art Resources in Teaching’s legacy.

Chicago’s new Cultural Plan, CPS Arts Education Plan, and new Common Core State Learning Standards have drawn renewed attention to organizations like Urban Gateways and A.R.T. as consistently reliable resources for high-quality arts programs. “Arts education is now widely recognized as an essential part of youth development, while consistent funding remains a significant challenge. This merger enables professional artists to continue inspiring and educating students across Chicago under a more sustainable administrative structure”, explains Urban Gateways Executive Director Eric Delli Bovi.

The organizations’ complementary and overlapping visual arts programs will generate new capacity to deliver high-quality programs under shared educational standards. Combined community-based efforts will enable the growth of new and existing partnerships and sustainability strategies as both organizations are committed to initiatives that serve many of Chicago’s most under-served neighborhoods. The merger will also provide an immediate and positive impact on Urban Gateways’ capacity to serve more children with engaging arts programs while significantly reducing the combined administrative costs of both institutions.

About Urban Gateways
Urban Gateways’ mission is to educate and inspire young people by delivering high-quality, accessible arts experiences that advance their personal and academic growth. Urban Gateways engages Chicago’s youth in arts activities that build essential skills like creativity, collaboration and innovation, and improves the self-esteem and confidence necessary to succeed in life. Founded in 1961 with a purpose to ensure that all young people have full access to the city’s cultural wealth, Urban Gateways is widely considered a national pioneer in the field of arts education. Their programs include artist residencies, family and community workshops, touring performances, and professional development for educators.

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