National Arts Action Summit
March 4-5, 2019 | Washington, D.C.
Ingenuity's Director of Public Affairs Karla Rivera, as well as two Ingenuity-sponsored delegates (arts partner Robin Koelsch and CPS visual art teacher Krystal Grover-Webb) joined The Illinois Team assembled by Arts Alliance Illinois that attended the National Arts Action Summit, hosted by Americans for the Arts, in March of 2019. This occasion brings together grassroots advocates from across the country annually to meet with their members of Congress and garner support for issues like arts education policy, the charitable tax deduction, and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.
While in Washington, DC, the Illinois Team met with members of Congress and advocated for the protection of arts education programs and funding, the strengthening of cultural exchange policies, increasing artists' eligibility for key governmental programs, and other key issues. Hats off to the Illinois Team for joining together and making a strong showing in Washington to let our elected officials know that the arts are essential!
Click below for resources from the October 2018 Advocacy Institute:
Agenda with guest speakers, panelists and elected officials
On September 28, 2018, hundreds of arts sector funders and providers attended Ingenuity's All-Partner Meeting, an annual convening which provides updates about the current state of the arts in CPS, upcoming school year initiatives and more. The 2018 All-Partner Meeting also featured a rotating panel of partners who enlightened the gathering in their discussion of "What's In It For Me?"
If you missed the 2018 All-Partner meeting, you can access more information, talking points and resources here.
Resource to Share
Be sure to share this video, which is a reminder to CPS principals and members of CPS schools' governing bodies, such as Local School Councils, of the importance of the arts to each and every school:
In most urban school districts across the US, there are three main obstacles to offering consistent arts instruction in schools: time, collective will, and money. Too often state, city and school leaders say there is not enough time in the school day, a lack of a higher mandate, and not enough funding to consistently teach the arts.
Illinois is no different, ranking near the bottom in the level of funding states provide for public education. And like many other districts, CPS is not meeting the per-pupil spending amount suggested by the Illinois State Board of Education as needed to provide a child with a quality education.
Amidst this funding backdrop, Ingenuity’s advocacy work was essential to the development of the first CPS Arts Education Plan.
A resolution approving the Plan was passed by the Chicago Board of Education in November of 2012, and resulted in important policy changes, including:
These policies are only good if put into action. It is through this lens that Ingenuity continues its advocacy work, focusing on Plan implementation and long-term funding strategies to ensure that the arts gain and maintain their important place in the classroom.
Ingenuity is working with elected officials and local leaders to ensure their understanding of the importance of arts education in implementing education policies at the local, state, and federal levels. For example, U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley entered a statement into the Congressional Record expressing the importance of arts education and Ingenuity's work. Click here for his complete statement.