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Support our community programs encouraging growth and understanding.
Send us an email at:

contact@urbanartretreat.com

or leave a message at:

773-542-9126

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

 

Support

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- sophiebella@sbcglobal.net  Paypal to give a donation!
 
Right now, we are raising money via indiegogo to become accessible. read below!
 

Volunteer

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

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

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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.
 
 
 
 
 

 


Art workshops for adults at Urban Art Retreat on Saturdays from 1:30-3:30 in January and February 2017. FREE to adults who RSVP by emailing contact@urbanartretreat.com 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!Adult art studio mask with feathers.jpg

 

Annual Newcomers Dinner: January 28 5-8 p.m

This years dinner will be a buffet at ou headquarters!

1957 S. Spaulding ave. corner of 21st, just 2 blocks 

west the Kedzie stop on pink line.

Receive a gift for attending the 1st time! Tell your story

and hear about others. Step out of your comfort zone.

You will be treated gently and with respect!

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ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST

WOMEN AND GIRLS

OPENING RECEPTION:

FEBRUARY 18 (1-4 P.M.)

An ART SHOW

of Women Artists Telling It Like It Is!

 

February 18 – March 26

 

Liz Long Gallery at Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center

 1957 S. Spaulding Ave. at 21st

  

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 artist guidelines: www.urbanartretreat.com

 contact person: contact@urbanartretreat.com

 publicity: Facebook.com/urbanartretreat

To enter a show, send images of your art to curator via contact@urbanartretreat.com  See our website gallery page for guidelines on how to enter the show.       

 

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 acquire 10 vacant lots and transform them 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.

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 7-12 help the neighborhood by picking up litter, cleaning up vacant lots, planting flowers, and more. They also learn about recycling & presentation skills. Youth 7-11 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 contact@urbanartretreat.com 

 

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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- contact@urbanartretreat.com 

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.

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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!

www.peaceparks.weebly.com                                       www. facebook.com/urbanartretreat 

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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 contact@urbanartretreat.com
 
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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We held a Fundraiser in connection with a show to support an animal rights organization, the Humane Society's outpost in North Lawndale called Pets For Life (supports & assists animal lovers).
 
VOLUNTEERING
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
Gardening
and Youth
To find out more,
please attend Orientation.   
 
 

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!    and Saturdays at noon by RSVP in advance only. Choose your date to attend and email us!
contact@urbanartretreat.com



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