The Creative Schools Fund is designed to support Chicago’s public schools and teachers in expanding arts instruction for students. With teachers as the anchor for all arts in schools, the Fund provides resources that supplement and support their arts instruction, and it helps teachers interested in augmenting arts learning experiences for students through cultural partnerships. The Fund does not consider or support projects designed to replace arts instruction provided by a certified arts teacher.
The Arts Advance Program is the cornerstone of the Creative Schools Fund. It supports CPS schools with a Creative Schools Certification category of Strong, Developing or Emerging (2-4). These schools can apply for grants of up to $10,000 to work with arts and cultural partners to provide arts instruction in collaboration with a CPS instructor during the school day. The partnership should 1) help the school expand arts learning opportunities for students and address needs identified through the Creative Schools Certification, and 2) allow teachers to tap into Chicago’s deep cultural reserves for the benefit of students. In addition to arts instruction, the grant can support teacher planning time, field trips and in-school performances.
The Creative Schools Award 2017-18 will make $15,000 one-time awards to support CPS schools with a Creative Schools Certification category of Excelling (1). This Award is meant to shine a spotlight on schools that are exemplars of sustaining high quality arts education for all their students and serve as arts education models in the District.
Schools that receive the Creative Schools Award
can apply the grant dollars to any arts-related need in the school.*
* With the exception of projects that replace arts instruction provided by classroom teachers or arts specialists, fund out-of-school time programs, and fund CPS instructor salaries.
The Arts Essentials Program provides small grants of up to $2,000 to all schools that have achieved Creative Schools Certification of Excelling, Strong, Developing or Emerging, and have a current CPS Arts Liaison.
These grants can only be spent on materials, supplies, and equipment for the arts (visual arts, music, dance, theater and/or media arts). Schools do not need to apply for an Arts Essentials grant. These grants are administered through the CPS Department of Arts Education and are distributed automatically to qualifying schools at the beginning of the school year.
The Creative Schools Fund is generously supported by:
|The Crown Family||Exelon|
|Northern Trust||Illinois Tool Works Foundation|
|The Pelino Family||Pritzker Foundation|
|Susan and Richard Kiphart||Anne and Chris Reyes|
|World Business Chicago||Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events|
|Ned Jannotta||Cari and Michael Sacks|
|Sylvia Neil and Dan Fischel||Jeanne and John Rowe|
|Kirkland & Ellis Foundation||Robert Kohl and Clark Pellett|
|The Knight Family Foundation||Kay and Jim Mabie|
|Robin Steans and Leonard Gail||Wintrust Financial Corporation|
|David Ormesher||Peter and Lucy Ascoli|
|Clare Muñana||Peoples Gas|
|William Blair & Company Foundation||Susan and Nick Noyes|
|The Sidley Austin Foundation||James P. and Brenda S. Grusecki Family Foundation|
|Lincoln Park Preschool & Kindergarten||Elizabeth and Michael Cole|
|R. Scott Falk||Ted Zook|
|Marge and Lew Collens||Michelle Collins|
|Catherine and Brent Gledhill||Laura VanPeenan and Louis Conforti|
Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust and The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust are the Lead Underwriters of fundraising for Be Creative: The Campaign for Creative Schools.