Ingenuity serves as Chicago's single hub of information, advocacy, strategy, and partnerships. Founded through city-wide collaboration, Ingenuity works in tandem with the CPS Department of Arts Education, certified teachers, Chicago's arts and cultural community, parents, students and others to ensure excellence in art education for every student in Chicago Public Schools.
lead advocacy organization driving positive arts education policies in the District
single source of data on the availability and distribution of arts education throughout CPS
chief arts education strategy partner to CPS
co-architect of the first ever CPS Arts Education Plan (approved by the Chicago Board of Education)
In 2011, Mayor Rahm Emanuel ordered the creation of the first Chicago Cultural Plan in 25 years. After 35 neighborhood town hall sessions led by the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the plan was unveiled in September 2012. The people of Chicago made the plan’s top priority more arts in schools.
In 2012, Ingenuity helped capitalize on this call by driving the creation of the first CPS Arts Education Plan in partnership with the CPS Department of Arts Education. As a result of the new district-wide Plan, major policies have been advanced:
These monumental policy changes are a step in the right direction, but they only mark the beginning of our work. Ingenuity is now focused on working with CPS and with external partners to implement the Plan through the Creative Schools Initiative with funds raised through Be Creative: The Campaign for Chicago Arts Education.