CHICAGO – Ingenuity today launched the artlook®Virtual Learning Library, a free directory of online arts learning programs designed to support the arts education community during the COVID-19 outbreak. The artlook® Virtual Learning Library gives educators and students access to online arts learning opportunities from across the country.
Since 2013, Ingenuity’s artlook® platform has equipped Chicago Public Schools (CPS) leaders and educators with arts education data, facilitated partnerships between CPS schools and arts organizations, and, ultimately, helped drive arts resources to underserved students in Chicago.
In 2019, Ingenuity partnered with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child program and Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) to expand artlook® to six new communities: Maryland; Houston, TX; Jacksonville, FL; New Orleans, LA; Portland, OR; and Sacramento, CA. The artlook® Virtual Learning Library aggregates virtual resources from participating artlook® communities to create a national database of online arts learning programs and resources.
“Arts partner organizations from across the country have come together to share their online learning classes, programs, lesson plans, and more on the artlook® Virtual Learning Library,” said Ingenuity Executive Director Paul Sznewajs. “The library gives teachers and families unprecedented access to online arts education opportunities as we navigate the coronavirus crisis together.”
HOW IT WORKS
- Aggregating arts resources from across the country
- Arts partner organizations from participating artlook® communities report their online resource and program offerings through the artlook® portal. These programs are then displayed on the Virtual Learning Library webpage.
- Connecting students to vital learning opportunities
- Parents, educators, and students can search the Virtual Learning Library for online learning resources organized by artistic discipline, grade level, and format.
Ingenuity is a backbone arts education 501(c)(3) with core programs in data, advocacy, grant-making, and professional learning. The organization’s collective-impact approach to arts advocacy drives partnerships, insights, and investments in the arts for 350,000 students in Chicago Public Schools. A nationally-recognized arts advocacy leader, Ingenuity has advanced the most progress in CPS arts education in 40 years. Learn more at ingenuity-inc.org.