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Women's Residence
Steppingstone Art Studio
Peace Art Gallery
Have Studio Will Travel
Peace Parks of North Lawndale
Garden Nature/Nurture
Youth Peace & Art Program



Get involved with CUARC via fundraising events, volunteer work and participating in activities. You can make a donation, become a member to show your support, or become a volunteer!

Send your check payable to Urban Art Retreat or using the email address-  Paypal to give a donation!
Right now, we are raising money via indiegogo to become accessible. read below!


Explore volunteer opportunities! Our organization is totally run by volunteers! Attend an orientation on  Saturday at noon-1p.m.

RSVP by sending an email.
We are looking for office staff, youth volunteers,  board members,  Peace Parks volunteers,  gardeners, etc. 

Welcome To Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center

About Us
The Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center (CUARC) is organized to provide safe space for people who are different from each other to come together and learn from each other. This non-profit was created to provide support and positive opportunities for under-represented people in an environment that strives to be multicultural.

Orientation for Volunteers!
Saturdays at noon by RSVP in advance only.
Choose your date to attend and email us!

Your Support Matters
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Media Updates

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Read More News & Updates

We have lots more news & updates. Check out all we have to offer by clicking the link below.

Do you think you would like to help us get the word out about our Peace Parks Project?

…volunteers transforming vacant lots into peace parks in North Lawndale

…..we are taking back 10 vacant lots and creating beauty where there was none, planting grass and flowers and trees…making green space for folks to sit on benches to read the paper, kids to roll on the grass, young people to stroll along pathways and enjoy nature. Everyone will view the peace sculptures and abstract sculptures paying homage to African American heroes, plus large "puzzle murals" filled with painted portraits of African American heroes created by hundreds of area children.

If so, would you please urge everyone you know to support our organization, and PPP in particular. We are looking for volunteers to attend orientation on Saturdays at noon, plus, donations both cash and inkind for the Peace Parks of North Lawndale project!*:) happy

thanks so very much!

Nationally Recognized Fashion & Arts Humanity Fete (FAHF) Sat. Oct. 26. 3rd year nationally recognized award show.

Our executive director, Dianna C. Long accepts an award for her humanitarian efforts through her work at Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center. She says- "I am so very committed to contributing to leveling the playing field the people who could be viewed as the have-nots occupy. The distance between the haves and the have-nots seems to increase. The difference between those who are humane and those who are not humane increases substantially each year. People increasingly become more desensitized to the pain of others."

I cannot just sit by and watch this happen.


2nd Annual Youth Art Fest & Art Contest Day 

We held our 2nd annual Youth Art Fest & Art Contest Day in the Peace Park, 2101 S. Spaulding Ave. Teens painted (13-19) black heroes using acrylics on wood. First prize was $150. Children of all ages who attended received free art supplies. Music, games, refreshments, face painting took place. The art gallery displayed art by participants from over the summer. 

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Top three prize winners who painted black hero portraits with contest originator, Daniel Gedroic.



September 2 & 9 noon-4
Art workshops about social justice issues will be offered. Fun with artist, Antonia Ruppert. Acrylics on canvas.

September 16 noon-4

Includes “Animals Are our Friends” talk followed by animal art-making. Presentation about being a Vegan.

September 30 noon-4
Making art with vegetables. Instead of ink or paint, we will use vegetables.

Includes Veggie Cook Out in the Peace Park at 3p.m., 2101 S. Spaulding Ave.

Liz Long Art Gallery at Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center

July 22 – August l9

Summer Art Show of works by CUARC member artists: opens July 22 with reception 1-4p.m. In main gallery room.

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family making art in the art studio this summer!

CUARC International Artists Show in hallway gallery (from Morocco, Mexico, France, Brasil)

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artist work from Morocco


August 26 noon-5p.m.

Participants' Art Show : artworks by adults & kids who took part in summer activities at CUARC. In the main gallery, drawings, paintings, sculptures and more. On August 26, viewers are invited to vote for their favorites. Three participants will win a prize that day!


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Our Relationship With Animals: An Art Show
Anyone may apply to be included by sending images of their art via email to Actual art must be sent, delivered, or brought to art gallery by appointment- between Aug. 27-31.

Show opens September 9 with reception from 1-4p.m. In the main gallery.


Coming Up: James V. Allen- one person show October/November

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Home for information.  You may also call us at 773-542-9126 to leave a message. You may visit




Art workshops for adults at Urban Art Retreat who request info. by emailing       All materials provided.

1957 S. Spaulding Ave. corner of 21st, 2 blocks west of Kedzie pink line stop.

Drawing, painting, collage, and assemblage will be available to try. Highly experienced instructor who teaches art-making in supportive environment to all level students.

Donations will be accepted for our Build A Ramp project!
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Liz Long Gallery at Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center

 1957 S. Spaulding Ave. at 21st


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 contact person: 

To enter a show, send images of your art to curator via  


Service Learning Hours:

Community Service Hours!    

Find out about community projects that Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center is involved in to improve North Lawndale.   

*Peace Parks of North Lawndale (a project to transform vacant lots into beautiful peaceful green spaces with flowers, pathways, courtyards, benches, peace sculptures, plus sculptures & murals honoring African American heroes!)   We need your help!

We opened our first Peace Park at 2101 S. Spaulding at 21st on June 5, 2016.

The parks are created by everyday people. When we put out a call to help- those who show up will be the people who create the park that day.

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 *     Youth Recycling Education program. youth help the neighborhood by picking up litter, cleaning up vacant lots, planting flowers, and more. They also learn about recycling & presentation skills. Youth visit area homes to educate people about the importance of recycling, re-using, and reducing waste.) 

We need people in the neighborhood to be interested and supportive. 

We need vacant lots in North Lawndale!

Plus we need volunteers to help with programming. 

You can Become Part of the Solution! 

RSVP at 


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Chicago Peace Walks   beginning at 2101 S. Spaulding, 2 blocks west of the pink line Kedzie stop. Wear white. Adults and youth are welcome. For those who want to help organize and/or be security volunteers, contact organizers to find out more- 

Yes, the Peace Walk will take place in North Lawndale. Everyone in Chicago is welcome to participate. As we work on improving the North Lawndale neighborhood, we realize that creating and maintaing peace is a large part of the process. We have come to believe that peace begins inside each of us, peace begins at home, and we carry it around with us. At Urban Art Retreat, we teach peaceful practices such as conflict resolution, mindful breathing, meditation, yoga, gardening as nature is nurture, and much more.

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By working on the projects our non-profit, Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center, is involved in- the Peace Parks of North Lawndale, ongoing Peace Walks, and the Youth Recycling Education Program to clean up North Lawndale, we feel we contribute to creating peace and helping others to realize peace in their lives. These types of projects and peace walks can take place in other communities as well.


There are many ways everyone can introduce peace to their lives, and feel they are making a difference and doing something to bring peace to their community. Apathy is the deadliest weapon of mass destruction. Please join us to experience group peace and encourage others to support peace.

All of us are working on projects to benefit our neighborhoods. Let's hope we will continue to support each other in the betterment of our communities. Peace!

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Also- special workshops for kids of all ages on painting portraits of black heroes.

Peace Parks Mural Project!
Wanted: locations and youth to paint portraits of African American heroes for Peace Parks "PUZZLE MURAL". You can come here or we can bring free workshop to your site!send request to
Want to join us in Neighborhood Improvement projects? Peace Parks instead of vacant lots, & War On Filth are wonderful projects! we are recruiting volunteers to help!
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COMING UP: AN ART SHOW FOR animal lovers
We are forming small committees to oversee the needs of our seven programs:
Women's Residence
Art gallery
Art Studio
Have Studio Will Travel
Community Art
and Youth
To find out more,
please attend Orientation.