Event Details

The full-day Conference brings 500+ members from Chicago’s arts education sector together to learn, gain and share skills, and develop the vital relationships necessary for arts education to flourish and thrive across Chicago.

  • Registration

    Registration is now open!

    Please visit the following link to register: bit.ly/Arts-Ed-Conference2020


  • When & Where

    When: Friday, April 17, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Where: Kennedy-King College | 6301 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60621

  • Who should attend?

    Arts education leaders, funders, policy makers, researchers, arts teachers, school administrators, teaching artists, arts partner organizations, and more.

  • Key features

    Features of the conference program include:

    • Keynote Speaker: 45-minute address from a soon-to-be-announced inspirational thought leader in the arts education field.
    • Practice Sessions: 60-minute presentation and practice sessions.
    • Art-Making Workshops: 60-minute highly-interactive demonstration or experiential sessions.
    • Deep-Dive Sessions: 120-minute focused in-depth exploration of a particular subject or topic.
    • Arts and Technology Maker Space: An interactive maker space with learning stations where participants can engage in collaborative or individual exploration of a number of tools and resources that promote technology-integrated learning in the arts classroom.
    • Networking Breaks: 30-minute breaks between sessions to allow participants ample time to build new connections, nurture existing relationships and spark collaboration.
  • Mission & Values

    Conference Mission

    To provide an inclusive and equitable platform for Chicago’s arts education sector to grow in new understanding, gain and share skills, and develop vital relationships that allow our collective work within Chicago Public Schools to advance and sustain quality arts education.

    Conference Values

    Culture, Equity, and Inclusion (CEI)

  • Learning Threads

    Conference Learning Threads

    Teaching and Learning in the Arts

    Advancing quality arts teaching and learning practices across the city of Chicago.

    Curriculum ■ Instruction ■ Assessment ■ Student Learning and Success ■ Arts Content Knowledge ■ Child Development ■ Standards Alignment

    Partnership Practices

    Building and sustaining long-term arts-based relationships.

    Collaboration ■ Logistics ■ Processes and Procedures ■ Collective Impact ■ Matching ■ Capacity-building ■ Resources

    Arts Advocacy and Leadership

    Advocating for arts-rich policies, programming, and practices at local and national levels.

    Policy ■ Data ■ Impact Narrative ■ Storytelling ■ Stakeholders ■ Sphere of Influence

    Prioritization of Culture, Equity, and Inclusion

    Central to the mission of the conference is the prioritization of culture, equity, and inclusion (CEI). Through the three conference learning threads (Teaching & Learning, Partnerships & Sustainability, and Advocacy & Leadership) we will work to ensure that multiple voices, experiences, cultures, and perspectives are represented and amplified throughout all conference sessions.

Propose a Conference Session!

The CPS Department of Arts Education and Ingenuity are currently accepting innovative, engaging proposals from arts partners, CPS teachers, administrators, and central office staff for 60- and 120-minute arts learning sessions that prioritize culture, equity, and inclusionFor detailed proposal guidelines, please see the Call for Proposals guidelines and proposal forms below:

Proposal Guidelines

Deep-Dive Session Proposal

Practice & Art-Making Session Proposal

Apply by Monday, February 10!

Past Keynote SPEAKERS

Gear up for our 2020 Conference by looking back at our previous speakers. Stay tuned for our 2020 Keynote Speaker announcement!

Carlton Turner

Carlton Turner works nationally as a performing artist, organizer, policy shaper, lecturer, consultant, and facilitator. He is the executive director of Alternate ROOTS, a regional arts service organization based in the South, supporting artists working at the intersection of art and social justice.

He also founded the newly formed Mississippi Center for Cultural Production, an organization working at the intersection of new media production and agriculture to support cultural, social, and economic development in his rural hometown of Utica, Mississippi.

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Lara Davis

Lara Davis is an artist, racial equity strategist, and arts administrator working at the intersection of cultural policy, public education, and social justice. She has served as a Seattle arts commissioner and as program director for Arts Corps, a nationally recognized youth arts education organization. As a strategic advisor for the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Lara collaboratively leads The Creative Advantage, a public/private initiative to reinvest in equitable arts education for all Seattle students. Lara is the inaugural co-chair for the National Guild for Community Arts Education’s ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian/API Arab, Native American) Network, serves on the National Advisory Committee for the Teaching Artists Guild, is a 2017 Marshall Memorial Fellow, and the 2015 recipient of the Americans for the Arts Emerging Leader Award. 

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Dr. Eve Ewing

Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a poet, essayist, visual artist, educator, and a sociologist at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration whose research is focused on racism, social inequality, and urban policy, and the impact of these forces on American public schools and the lives of young people. Dr. Ewing’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, The Nation, and The New Republic. Her first full length poetry collection, Electric Arches, was released September 2017 via Haymarket Books.

  • I was impressed with the diversity and high quality of the sessions. I received great information and resources, and was able to make connections to help my students grow and to fuel my soul. Thank you for putting together a great day!"
    —2019 Conference attendee

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