Does your arts organization provide (or want to provide) learning programs for other arts partners?

We’re excited to launch CONSTELLATION: Learning & Development Provider Program. CONSTELLATION is a 9-month virtual residency designed to support a community of four  arts organizations and/or teaching artists in designing and delivering learning programs for arts partners. This partner-to-partner learning model will prioritize knowledge sharing and catalyze a learning network that can contribute to the growth and increased ability of arts education partners in delivering high-quality and equity-centered arts programs to CPS students.


With topics centering high-need learning areas, the 21-22 program will support arts learning with a focus on healing strategies, such as;
  • Trauma-responsive and/or Trauma-informed
  • Healing-centered engagement
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Anti-Racism
  • Restorative Justice
  • Social Justice


Program participants will be supported through:

  • Monthly facilitated workshops and peer-to-peer collaboration
  • Access to tools, data, and research
  • $4,000 stipend for the design and delivery of 2 learning sessions
  • Quarterly meeting stipend ($150/monthly meeting)
  • Learning session marketing and communication supports
  • Assistance with workshop design, delivery, and evaluation
  • Participants will present their learning session twice in the spring of 2022



Program Details


Wednesday, August 18 – application for proposals opens
Friday, September 17 – application deadline
Week of September 20 – applications reviewed by Ingenuity
Week of September 27 – applicants notified of decisions
Thursday, October 7 – program orientation

Virtual Program Meeting Dates (1st Thursdays) 1-3pm:

Thursday, October 7, 2021
Thursday, November 4, 2021
Thursday, December 2, 2021
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Thursday, February 3, 2022
Thursday, March 3, 2022
Thursday, April 7, 2022
Thursday, May 5, 2022
Thursday, June 2, 2022

**Dates for delivery of trainings will be determined with organizations

Program Criteria and Eligibility:
  • Applicants must be a current arts partner and work for an arts organization or as a teaching artist
  • Applicants should have some previous experience delivering/facilitating/presenting learning programs to adult audiences
  • Must be a Chicago resident
  • Organizations and TAs should have a vendor number with CPS
  • Updated artlook map profile
  • Learning sessions should be delivered twice between February and June of 2022
  • Please be available for all meeting dates/times and flag any schedule conflicts well in advance
Application process:
  • Applicants should complete and submit applications no later than Friday, September 17.
  • Applications will be reviewed by Ingenuity and members of our Collective Impact Panel
  • Ingenuity will select four partner organizations and/or teaching artist partners to participate in the Learning & Development Provider Program


We will prioritize proposals that:
  • Identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and/or BIPOC led arts organizations
  • Propose content and an approach to teaching and learning that addresses and responds to the current need for healing in the arts education sector due to COVID-19 and social injustice
  • Demonstrates success with past programs or with prior speaking engagements
  • Potential to benefit and impact the arts partner community at large

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