UPDATED EVENT: 2020 Arts Education Conference Keynote & Student Panel

Based on recent guidance from the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago, and Chicago Public Schools, the CPS Department of Arts Education (DAE) and Ingenuity are adjusting our annual Arts Education Conference slated for April 17, 2020 at Kennedy King College to be an abbreviated virtual event.

In lieu of the full Conference, we will present a livestream of the Conference’s keynote speaker, Jorge Lucero, Associate Professor of Art Education in the School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois. Following his presentation on the amplification of essential voices in the arts, Jorge will be joined by a panel of CPS students for further discussion and a live Q&A session.

We look forward to your attendance at the livestream—registration details are below!


Arts Education Conference 2020 Keynote and Student Panel: Amplifying Essential Voices

Date & Time: April 17th, 2020 | 10:00am–11:30am
Platform: GoToWebinar
Clock hours offered: 1.5



Important Registration Details for CPS Teachers:

  • If you previously registered for the Conference, you will need to re-register due to the change to an online platform.
  • ALL attendees should register for the GoToWebinar livestream via the link above.
  • Teachers from district-managed CPS schools will be marked as attended in Learning Hub approximately 1 week after the event. After attendance is marked, they should complete the online ISBE survey to receive clock hours.
  • Charter/contract/options teachers will receive an ISBE evaluation via email after the event, which they must complete and return in order to receive an Evidence of Completion form.
  • Questions or concerns? Please email the Conference planning team at artsedconference@gmail.com.


Learn more about Jorge and our amazing past speakers:

Jorge Lucero

2020 Keynote

Jorge Lucero is a Chicago artist who currently serves as Associate Professor of Art Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. A former Chicago Public School teacher, his art practice has occurred all over the US and abroad. Jorge is the editor of the compendium Mere and Easy: Collage as a Critical Practice in Pedagogy (U of I Press) and the co-author of Teacher as Artist-in-Residence (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), as well as the forthcoming STUDYCOLLECTION: Repository for Conviviality (Candor Arts). Jorge earned his undergraduate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his graduate degrees from Penn State University.

More information about Jorge and his work can be found at www.jorgelucero.com.

Carlton Turner

2019 Keynote

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

2017 Keynote

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.  She knows firsthand the power of creativity necessary to build access, transform communities, and inspire systemic change.

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Dr. Eve L. Ewing

2017 Keynote

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.

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