Area Youth:
 Youth learned about recycling, reusing, reducing waste. Children 7-11  learned all about how to recycle and why we should recycle. They also learned how to present themselves in a positive way. In the spring, they  gave presentations on recycling door to door to their neighbors!
Fashion Runway EVENT 
Since it's inception in 1984, CUARC has been providing hope and inspiration to the various communities.
Our open-minded environment promotes non-violence through ART & DISCUSSION programs.

It is our hope that through these programs (such as the Youth for Peace Fashion Event) we at CUARC will be able to spread our peaceful message, and will encourage people to examine how sexism, racism, homophobia and other "isms" effect our lives.

We also hope to empower youth to serve their community for change. CUARC believes that art in all forms can be a vehicle for and the catalyst of change toward the elimination of oppression.
Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center is celebrating youth advocating for peace with the our program series featuring adult and children's programming, peace walks, a neighborhood wide peace park project,  at the end of August.
The August event is a Youth Art Fest at which youth and adults are invited to come together and encourage the talents of youth (art-making, music, writing, dance, acting, etc.)
on last Saturday in August.

We TALK about peace in our communities and what we can do as a collective force to continue spreading peace in our city.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our upcoming events!


Peace Walks- easy, fun, and short walks for peace!
Dedicated to peace-building! Children and adults from everywhere are welcome to walk with us to promote peace, happiness, & safety. Contact us to find out when the next peace walk will happen!

Peace Park Projects and Creating Peace Sculptures

One way we are involving youth is via our "puzzle mural" project to go into each peace park!
Children paint portraits of African American heroes on various size wood pieces and these are attached to a large free standing mural. Up to 400 of these portraits may be included in each "puzzle mural".  Any youth group who would like to paint the portraits and be included may contact us for a workshop at their location!
 Want to help with sculptures, landscaping, organizing, publicity, workshops, party planning?
                                                      Contact us.  A project completely accomplished by volunteers!

Activities at Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center



1957 S. Spaulding at 21st, 2 blocks west of Kedzie pink line stop

September 2 & 9 (1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.)

Antonia Ruppert leads a workshop in Peace & Social Justice Issues. Discuss & Make Art. Youth & adults are welcome.    Free & open to the public. No experience needed.   SERVICE LEARNING & COMMUNITY SERVICE HRS

Activities in the Peace Park

2101 S. Spaulding at 21st, 2 blocks west of Kedzie pink line stop

September 16 (1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Experience Nature in the Peace Park. Discuss the importance of nature and peace in our environment. Create peace stones for the park. Youth and adults are welcome. Free and open to the public.       SERVICE LEARNING &COMMUNITY SERVICE HRS

September 23 (1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Presentation about Freedom & Peace for Animals. Create clay animal necklaces to take home. Youth & adults are welcome. Free & open to the public.      SERVICE LEARNING & COMMUNITY SERVICE HRS

September 30 (1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Informational presentation about Becoming Vegetarian & Vegan. A veggie cookout in the Park is offered for free to youth & adults. Open to the public.


                                 TO ASK QUESTIONS & TO RSVP, send email


Fashion Design Ideas

How to make a:    Fashion vest

1. Lay out fabric of any kind (prefer thick) and have the model lay on top of it.
2. Trace around the model's torso and shoulders (do this twice)leave extra seam room
3. Cut out the 2 pieces.
4. Leave one whole (this will be the back) and cut the other one down the middle. Cut a hole for the head- not too big, can always make it bigger later.
5. Attach the cut piece to the whole piece with thread leaving a hole for the arms on each side.
6. Decorate with acrylic paint.

Braided T-shirt headband
1. Cut three 1 inch strips of fabric from the T-shirt
2. Align the pieces and tie a knot at one end
3. Braid pieces together to desired length (varies by head circumference)
4. Tie a knot to hold braid in place
5. Drape it around your head and tie two ends together!

Tie-dye shorts (can also be done with t-shirts)
1. Take a pair of khaki or white shorts
2. Purchase a tie-dye kit (or look up making your own tie-dye online).
3. Soak shirt in soda ash/dye fixer mixture before tie-dyeing.
4. Bundle up using rubber bans – folding/
5. Tie Dye! (Be careful about mixing too many colors/mixing together complementary colors that make brown (i.e. red and green, purple and yellow, or blue and orange)
6. Place into Ziploc bag and let stand for a day or so.
7. If you want to, you can use fabric paint to paint a design onto your t-shirt after it has been tie-dyed.

T-shirt scarf (
1. Cut the bottom hem off of the shirt and set aside for later.
2. Cut the shirt into 1-inch strips (all the way up to the armpit)
3. Gather all the cut strips and start stretching the fabric

(the more you stretch the more the fabric will curl in on itself)