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Support our 7 community  programs that encourage growth and understanding. Send us an email at contact@urbanartretreat.com or leave a message at        773-542-9126

Women's Residence 
Art Studio     Art Gallery 
Have Studio Will Travel 
Community Art Program 
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- sophiebella@sbcglobal.net go on Paypal to give a donation!


Explore volunteer opportunities! Our organization is totally run by volunteers! Attend an orientation on either a Wednesday or 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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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 join us on Saturdays at 2p.m. for organizational meetings, plus, donations both cash and inkind for the Peace Parks of North Lawndale project!*:) happy 
Harriett Powers/artist

thanks so very much!

Nationally Recognized Fashion & Arts Humanity Fete (FAHF)  Sat. Oct. 26. 3rd year nationally recognized award show.  Red Carpet Paparazzi Reception by Good Night Buzz     Award Show by Chundria Stanback. 1908 S. Millard Av. Chicago. Harmony Venue. Special Guests:seen on OWN Network, Six Brown Chicks, Nikki & the City, Artist-Antonio Lee, Paul Bachman, President Americans for Disabled Americans, James Flagg, CEO ISAVE., Gina Davalos, CEO of Princess Closet,Light Alive!! best designers, fantasy children's fashion. Winner Meet & Greet. Celebrity Meet & Greet.No other professional, elegant, semi-formal 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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 Hey Volunteers!   Sept. 13

If you have ever volunteered for UAR or for CUARC, please come to the party and receive our thanks! at CUARC, 1957 S. Spaulding Ave. corner of 21st in Chicago. 
No matter how long it has been, no matter how you volunteered, from how far away you volunteered, or for how long, or how long ago, please come celebrate, and receive our thanks! The Celebration is Sept. 13 from 1-4 p.m.!
There will be refreshments, prizes, mural painting, and gifts!

I look forward to seeing our past, present, and future volunteers at the Garden Party! see ya here!    Dianna

August/September Art Show will feature art by our members and artists affiliated with our organization! Visit gallery on saturdays between 11-3:30 or by appt. Let us know when you would like to visit by emailing us- contact@urbanartretreat.com
Month of Fashion for Youth!
Youth who would like to participate in our fashion program are welcome to register and participate in September on Saturdays from 1-3 each week. On Sept. 27, there will be a fashion show competition among youth groups who have created their own fashions at a local theater. Each youth in each group will have created a fashion they will wear in the runway show on the theme of Nature and with re-puposed cloth/clothing. Groups will be be from around Chicagoland. A group is forming of North Lawndale youth and will create their fashions Saturdays at Urban art Retreat.
October/November Show will feature Chicago black artists
Recruiting artists for this show now! See gallery page for details!
Orientation to Volunteering  on Wednesdays and Saturdays at noon by RSVP in advance only. Choose your date to attend and email us! contact@urbanartretreat.com
Want to join us in Neighborhood Improvement projects? Peace Parks instead of vacant lots, & War On Filth are wonderful projects and recruiting volunteers to help! Contact us via email.

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.

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Please contact CUARC by email (contact@urbanartretreat.com) or leave     a message on our office phone          
1957 S. Spaulding Ave. Chicago, Il. 60623