Ingenuity is a national leader in arts data collection and mapping, a leading strategy partner to city and CPS leadership, and a staunch advocate for the arts in Chicago Public Schools. As Chicago’s chief thought-partner on arts education, Ingenuity takes a consultative approach to integrating art education into our schools, and based on its on-going research, provides the ‘big picture’ of arts learning in Chicago.
Countless education, cultural, and philanthropic leaders worked tirelessly over three decades on ways to get arts instruction back into Chicago classrooms. Then, in 2008 The Wallace Foundation published Revitalizing Arts Education Through Community-Wide Coordination, which explored the state of arts education in urban districts nationwide. Chicago’s need for improvement was clear.
Soon after, more than 200 of Chicago’s largest museums, cultural institutions, and neighborhood arts organizations joined district leaders, principals and teachers from Chicago Public Schools and leading foundations and corporations to form the Chicago Arts Learning Initiative (CALI) with the goal to develop a plan for expanding art in schools citywide.
After 18 months of planning, CALI issued its report Collaborating for Change: Expanding Arts Learning in Chicago. In 2011, from this collective movement, Ingenuity was born to lead the work. Ingenuity is Chicago’s first citywide organization committed to coordinating information and resources toward the common goal of improving and expanding arts education in Chicago. Ingenuity’s work is guided by the principles of partnership and collaboration.