Together, let's advocate for policies that institutionalize the arts in CPS schools and transform the lives of all 350,000 CPS students.

advocacy Wins to date

Since our founding in 2011, Ingenuity has helped advance the following arts policies:

  • Illinois became the first state in the nation to include the arts as a weighted, distinct indicator of K-12 success in its school accountability system
  • Chicago Public Schools has elevated to a core subject
  • The District has recommended 120 minutes of dedicated weekly arts instruction in elementary schools
  • High school graduation arts requirements expanded to include theater and dance 
  • The arts appear on the public-facing CPS scorecard for each school along with other academic indicators
  • Arts education is included in the new school principal evaluation

These monumental policy changes are a step in the right direction, but they only mark the beginning of our work. 

National Arts in Education Week

On July 26, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating the second week of September as Arts in Education Week to highlight the immense role of arts education in producing engaged, successful, and college- and career-ready students. Join us in celebrating the arts in CPS classrooms this week and throughout the year!

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