Ingenuity encourages arts partners, parents and community members to become familiar with both Chicago’s Cultural Plan and the CPS Arts Education Plan. By becoming aware of the goals and recommendations set forth in both plans, you can help schools and partners make better decisions about curriculum, staffing, and funding for the arts.
If you are interested in becoming a member of one of Ingenuity’s Collective Impact Panels, applications are accepted annually in the spring.
You may also consider volunteering in CPS schools.
You can also help to shape arts education funding and support by visiting Arts Alliance Illinois' advocacy pages. Learn about statewide arts advocacy initiatives, campaigns and resources, and check out the latest arts advocacy news. And if you are interested in arts-related advocacy at the federal level, visit the online Action Center for Americans for the Arts or review their Congressional Handbook which has a number of pages on arts education.
GET THE FACTS: In the 2015-16 school year, 59% of reporting CPS elementary schools met the 120 minutes of weekly arts instruction recommendation, up from 47% two years ago.