Empowering Chicago Public Schools through direct investments in the arts

The Creative Schools Fund unites public, institutional, and individual funding sources to support teacher-designed and led arts partnerships within Chicago’s schools. Our grants range from $1,000 awards for the purchase of essential art supplies to $10,000 awards for art programs across a range of disciplines. These programs often feature collaborations with community arts organizations and teaching artists, bringing the rich cultural resources of Chicago into its classrooms.

During the 2020-21 school year, the Creative Schools Fund provided $1.1 million in competitive grants to 121 CPS schools, expanding the breadth and depth of exposure to the arts for nearly 25,000 CPS students.

  • 170K+

    Students Served

  • 400+

    Schools Supported

  • 900+

    Grants Awarded

  • Elizabeth Cole
    Director, Creative Schools Fund

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  • Sarah Halberstadt
    Creative Schools Fund Manager

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