A New approach.

Putting arts at the core of education—in a measured, systematic way.

Short-term private investment to long-term public funding

We are building a transition fund as a bridge to long-term sustainable public funding, starting with the 2018–2019 school year. With the recent elevation of arts to a core subject—of equal importance with traditional subjects—the academic foundation is in place. We are confident sustainable funding will follow for many reasons.


A modern economy calls for a modern education—for innovation and new ways of looking at things. This campaign to expand arts education to all CPS students will dramatically benefit the future economic and social health of our city.


This initiative has garnered vital support from civic, government and cultural leaders—a unified movement that for the first time in 30 years strongly backs arts education as the right of every student in every grade and every school.


We project that the amount needed to sustain the Arts Education Plan is $15 million a year, or 0.3 percent of CPS’s $5 billion annual budget.


We have two years until the 2018–2019 school year. Our efforts will be guided by the unprecedented data collection efforts by nonprofit organization Ingenuity, which will track and measure success, opportunity and need as it validates student impact.


Independently managed and measured

Ingenuity helped develop the CPS Arts Education Plan and is the co-architect with CPS in crafting the Creative Schools Initiative, which establishes a district arts education infrastructure and charts a roadmap for progress in each school. Ingenuity operates independently—administering the distribution of funds and providing technical support at the individual school level, including training, grants for instructor-designed programs, and cultural partnerships and liaisons. Of particular importance, it collects comprehensive data to evaluate progress school by school, and issues annual “State of the Arts” progress reports.


Ambitious, important—and achievable

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