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Support our 7 community  programs that encourage growth and understanding. Send us an email at sophiebella@sbcglobal.net 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  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.

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Chicago Black Artists Show Coming Up! 
Plus "Exhibiting Your Art Workshop" for Artists!


Liz Long Gallery and Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center present -Chicago Black Artists Show
See the Black Experience Art Show from October 18 opening reception from 1-4 through November 29 at 4p.m.. 

Located in North Lawndale, this gallery features artists who are under-represented in the art world. The gallery also presents theme shows focused on social justice issues. A steppingstone gallery for new artists and artists trying to break into the Chicago art scene, its artists are local, from other states, and even from other parts of the world. Artists seeking answers, experience, a place to begin their exhibition careers, and a way to begin their careers in the USA; artists are glad to find a welcoming gallery who understands the struggle of modern day artists.

The Chicago Black Artists Show is all about today's African American Artists- who they are, what their interests are, where they are coming from. These are artists who are expressing themselves and are showing as part of a group show of black artists-  powerful and strong.
CUARC will host an opportunity for artists new to exhibiting their art to attend a workshop to answer their questions called-
Exhibiting Your Art !
The workshop is planned for November 8 at 2p.m. 
The Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center will hold a free workshop to answer questions with longtime artist and curator, Dianna C. Long responding to queries from artists who attend. We will discuss the importance of support for artists, where to exhibit, art organizations, how to make your art display-ready, how to present it, an online presence, and more. Contact us for more information.

CHECKOUT THE GUIDELINES TO ENTER THE EXHIBIT Artists need to send art images ASAP. Artists may also apply in person by appt. Ultimately, every artist will make an appt. to bring their art to the gallery once accepted to the show. This show will be a mix of very experienced artists and those new to the art scene.

See the Black Experience Art Show from October 18 opening reception from 1-4,  through November 29 at 4p.m.  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! 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, Gardening, and Youth. To find out more, please attend orientation.   
Our organizations is currently looking for new committed board members to add to our board for 2015. Find out more.

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