What is ALAC?

Chicago’s creative and cultural sector, and more specifically the arts education sector, is at a critical juncture as it emerges from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuilds. 

In accordance, Ingenuity is reframing our vision for community engagement, moving from three separate Collective Impact Panels to one ArtsEd Leadership Advisory Committee (ALAC). 

These 15 ALAC panel members–representing a diverse cross-section of partners, teachers and teaching artists– will play a vital role in catalyzing arts education stakeholders around the shared agenda of arts education equity in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). They will drive this work by providing leadership and guidance around the specific elements necessary for collective action to succeed: a common agenda, shared measurement systems, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and backbone support organizations.


ALAC Panel Members: 2022-23

Katia Borione
Arts & Culture Community Partnership Specialist
Communities In Schools of Chicago
Eboné Harden
Director of Education
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Courtney Bradshaw
Executive Director
Youth Civic Light Opera of Chicago
Jennifer Hodges
Vice President
Whole Child Initiative, KIPP Chicago
Priscilla Chico
Visual Arts Teacher
George M Pullman ES
Michael Manson
Founder and Executive Director
Musical Arts Institute
Ilesa Duncan
Artistic Director
Lifeline Theatre
David Mathews
Creative Writing Instructor &
Administrative Assistant to Artistic Director
Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts)
Ladonna Freidheim
Founder & President
Leo Park
Music Teacher
CPS – Northside College Prep
Susan Friel
Education & Engagement Manager
City of Chicago’s DCASE
Elizabeth Sampson
Executive Director
Chicago Poetry Center
Christopher Graves
CPS-LaSalle Language Academy
Naomi Sheridan
Senior Director of Development
The Chicago Center for Arts and Technology
Krystal Grover-Webb
Visual Arts Teacher & Arts Liaison
CPS-Amelia Earhart Elementary School
Jonathan VanderBrug
Deputy Director
Arts Alliance Illinois
Samina Hadi-Tabassum
Associate Clinical Professor, Director of Child Development Program;
Director of School & Community Partnerships
Erikson Institute
Kate Walsh
School Partnerships Programs Manager
Old Town School of Folk Music
Justine Haka
Poetry Manager
Poetry Foundation
Antoinette Wright
Executive Director
National Museum of Gospel Music & Camp of Dreams

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