After five years of implementation of the Arts Education Plan, Chicago Public Schools have reason to celebrate. According to the State of the Arts Report, principals and educators across the city are not only embracing the arts as a “nice to have,” but as a “must-have” in their school day.
With 97% participation in the survey (the highest participation rate to date), the data show:
“I applaud Ingenuity for the release of the new State of the Arts in CPS report, a vital resource to the youth arts community. Reports like these provide an important benchmark for progress and a reminder of why investment in arts education is so critically important. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and DCASE have designated 2018 as the ‘Year of Creative Youth.’ Chicago should be very proud of its innovative youth arts organizations and arts educators committed to unleashing the creative potential of our teens and young adults.” - Mark Kelly, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE)
“This report is a testament to Chicago’s success in expanding arts education, sparking our children’s imaginations and inspiring their creativity. The arts are inseparable from a well-rounded education, and Chicago will continue to invest in programs that are proven to develop vital critical thinking skills and help all of our children realize their limitless potential.” - Mayor Rahm Emanuel