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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.


Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center is a community arts organization located in North Lawndale. We have cool projects planned for 2017. We would like students and adults to participate in these projects. We have planned three mural projects with youth from Little Village and from North Lawndale. We also have planned an August 26 Art Contest that takes place at the Youth Art Fest for youth ages 13 to 19 years old.


Mural project number one is on Cermak and Spaulding on a black wall we can paint on. It will have the letters Latino Immigrants Contribute (at top of mural) In the middle of it there will be lines to form vertical “boxes” between the top words and bottom words of the mural...which contain figures depicting various latino figures. The letters This Land is Our Land will be at the bottom of the mural. We will keep the black background this mural already has. We will use colorful lines. We will have each artist develop each figure within each “box” to depict a different Latino person. Building friendships between North Lawndale and Little Village folks will take place.


Mural project number two will be under the overpass near Cermak. It will combine Little Village youth and business support plus Little Village Chamber of Commerce with North Lawndale youth and business support plus North Lawndale Chamber of Commerce. This mural will be to celebrate Lawndale’s 150th birthday in February 2019.


Mural number three will be under the pink line train on the pillars. The pillars will be painted abstract non-representational with a focus on colors changing as they go upward on the pillars to the train. We will use bright colors changing as we go upward. The colors begin as the earth, changing in degrees as they travel up the posts skyward-until the top of posts look like the sky with clouds. The degrees of change will represent 150 years. We will connect with the ongoing150 years of history community project.


For the Youth Art Festival and Art Contest all ages are welcome to attend and cheer on! It will be on August 26, from noon to 5:00PM. Youth ages 13 to 19 years old can pre-register to be included in the art contest via email. It is free to attend the festival and art contest! Art contest takes place at Peace Park (2101 S Spaulding)  That day, contestants will paint a portrait of a black hero on large wooden background. Photographs of black heroes will be provided as will art materials that day. Three top winners will be determined by a panel of judges led by founder of contest- Daniel Gedroic. Prize money comes from the Ann Richter Fund. Winners will be announced at the end of the day. Paintings become property of Peace Park Project and will be displayed at the Peace Park. Top prize is $125. All age children will receive free art supplies.


Students may contact us at for information and to pre-register. They can also call us at 773-542-9126 to leave a message. Students may visit our website at or




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.

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                                           SPRING ART SHOW 

Dianna C. Long



Show Their Art 

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  


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!                                       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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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.   

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!

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