• $38 million private fundraising campaign to allow full implementation of first-ever CPS Arts Education Plan through 2017-2018 school year.
  • Private funds supplement work of CPS certified arts instructors with expanded and updated arts curriculum, professional development, essential materials and supplies for teachers/students, grants to schools for greater access to Chicago cultural institutions/programs, data collection and accountability for progress and new assessment systems to track student learning.
  • The arts education program is run by CPS; Creative Schools Fund is administered by nonprofit CPS arts education partner, Ingenuity, which also evaluates program to ensure it reaches target audience and meets goals.
  • Be Creative: The Campaign for Creative Schools chaired by civic leaders Nancy and Steve Crown, Richard and Susan Kiphart and Ned Jannotta. Honorary co-chairs: Mayor Rahm Emanuel; renowned soprano Renee Fleming, Creative Consultant, Lyric Opera; Theaster Gates, Director of Arts and Public Life at University of Chicago; cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; David Vitale, President, Chicago Board of Education; Damian Woetzel, Director, Aspen Institute Arts Program, former principal dancer, New York City Ballet. Campaign fundraising underwritten by Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust and The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust.
  • Expanded arts education was #1 priority of the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan, reflecting community input at 35 town halls throughout the city conducted by Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
  • As a result of Arts Education Plan, the arts are now a core subject in CPS schools – like math, science and social studies. Elementary schools are required to offer at least two hours of arts instruction per week.