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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  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. sophiebella@sbcglobal.net
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.

Recent Posts

CUARC Annual Newcomers Dinner is Jan. 31, Saturday at 5p.m. at our site, 1957 S. Spaulding Ave., corner of 21st, 2 blocks west of Kedzie stop on pink line!
First time attendees will receive a gift just for stepping out of their comfort zone and showing up!
Dinner is catered by Lou Malnati's and costs $8.00 
Our new board members begin March 1, 2015
Women of All Colors artists from around the globe exhibit opens in our gallery Feb 14, 2015 with a reception 1-4p.m. 
Wanted: February 2015 Volunteers & presentation sites for North Lawndale Obama Presidential Library. send request to sophiebella@sbcglobal.net
to sign up.
Wanted: Volunteers to help youth with learning/teaching recycling in North Lawndale. send request to sophiebella@sbcglobal.net for winter program. Currently, we  provide hours for Youth Club for young children between 7-11 years old for kids to learn all about recycling so they can teach the neighborhood about how to recycle so we can clean up the neighborhood and keep trash from blowing down the streets!
Have Studio Will Travel!
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 workshops to your site!    send request to -sophiebella@sbcglobal.net
Orientation for Volunteers!   Wednesdays and Saturdays at noon by RSVP in advance only. Choose your date to attend and email us! sophiebella@sbcglobal.net
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.
We are now 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.

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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