National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced recently that Ingenuity is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Ingenuity is recommended for a $100,000 grant to support collective impact through a citywide collaboration to bring excellent arts education to all students.
The project will bring together the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Department of Arts Education and certified teachers with Chicago’s arts, cultural, and philanthropy communities, as well as parents and students to increase arts education in area schools. Activities will include tracking and analyzing information on arts teachers, arts part
ners, instruction, budget, planning, and partnerships in as many as 600 schools through three cloud-based data collection portals–Ingenuity’s artlook Suite. In addition, Ingenuity Institutes will help arts organizations use data to partner effectively with schools. Coordinated efforts will continue to foster the re-integration of the arts into Chicago classrooms.
NEA Chairman Jane Chu said “I’m pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Art Works including the award to Ingenuity. The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives.”
Art Works grants support the creation of art, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,474 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 919 are recommended for grants for a totalof $26.6 million.
Fora complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov. Follow the conversation about this and other NEA ‐ funded projects on Twitter at #NEAFall2014.
Ingenuity serves as Chicago’s hub for arts education data, analysis, information, system wide planning, strategy, and partnerships. It provides vision, leadership, and coordination of the collective impact efforts to implement the CPS Arts Education Plan.
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