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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. 

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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.

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Travel Talk with Melinda Brown

    Please attend an insider's presentation on traveling and how 

to become your own travel agent. This free event takes place at

Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center at 1957 S. Spaulding Ave

corner of 21st. The presentation is October 29 from 2-4:30pm. 

    Travel agent, Melinda Brown, will give the presentation and

 share insider's information with all who attend. Urban Art

 Retreat volunteers will provide refreshments and an artistic 

environment in the art gallery for all to enjoy. 

    We feel it is good to explore the larger world and see other parts 

of the country, and even the world. Step out of your comfort zone

and see how big the world is! Paul Norrington will be here to share 

photographs of his recent trip to the east coast which included the

National Museum of African American History and Culture in D. C. 

    The current art show in our gallery features art by local artists, artists                       

from around the country, and artists from around the world. See art

 from Morocco, Mexico, France, and more.

     To RSVP, please send an email to 

or leave a phone message with  your name and phone number clearly

spoken on our answering machine 773-542-9126.

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Hey there!

Maybe you woke up and today was just another day, but for the Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center (CUARC), today is the day to tackle a dream!!!

The Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center works tirelessly to enable all interested people’s actioned response to social injustice. I’m trying to help CUARC become wheel chair accessible, something that we have long wanted to do! It’s going to cost $9700 to make this dream a reality, but if we all give a little, we can go a long way. 

Won’t you join me in promoting tolerance and fighting ableism, today? Donating and spreading the word will be so helpful! 

Check out our campaign here:


You can also check out the following to learn more about CUARC:

or visit our Facebook page at

 Thanks so very much, 


Here is a tweet that those with twitter can post to spread the word: 
let me give you access to my dream—a world in which places are accessible to all! #cuarcforallables

Here is a Facebook post that those with Facebook can post to spread the word: Maybe you woke up & today was another day, but for Urban Art Retreat (CUARC) today was the day to tackle a dream!!! Please join me- support CUARC to Promote Tolerance, Fight Ableism & become wheelchair accessible! #cuarcforallables 

Ms. Dianna C. Long

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Our retreats are set up to meet the needs of the individual. Although we offer rooms for rent for women at our on-site women's residence fully equipped apartment with 4 bedrooms for guests, we offer retreats that do not involve staying here.
We can set up a retreat for one hour or more. The retreat can include any of the following- 
facilitated mindful breathing, visualization of the positive, relaxing art-making that can be insightful if interested, discussion of matters that interest the guest which may be therapeutic, spending time in nature in our garden, gardening, stretching, healthy tea, even an herb soaking bath if desired. 
Our one person retreat (as opposed to couple retreats) is $65.00 for one hour, $75 for one and 1/2 hr., or $125.00 for the activities and to spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing in the garden or sleeping in one of the bedrooms..
A retreat can be scheduled for most any day of the week in advance.
Ms. Dianna C. Long would be your retreat facilitator.
CUARC is conveniently located 2 short blocks west of the Kedzie stop on the pink line.           Please send email to

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Local Artists Meet National/International Artists Art Show

Group show at unique art galley in North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago right off the pink line Kedzie stop. Gallery established in 1984, located at 1957 S. Spaulding Ave. at 21st, thirteen years ago.

 Set up to feature under-represented artists and exhibit theme shows on social justice issues. In conjunction with Chicago Artists Artists month, this show will encourage local artists to show their stuff. We will introduce local artists to artists from other states and other countries via an art show in our gallery.

From September through November 2016, the public is welcome to visit the gallery, view the art. Come see a different view of North Lawndale.

 Along with local artists, this year's show will include diverse artists from Morocco, California, France, Mexico, and Kentucky. 



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


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Chicago Peace Walk Monthly!from noon-1:00  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!                                       www. 

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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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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).
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.   

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

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