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artlook Partners Data Site is Launched

Ingenuity has launched artlook Partners, a data site dedicated to capturing the programming that arts education organizations are providing to CPS students. The site also offers these organizations a dynamic profile of their work within CPS including the number of communities and CPS networks the partner is in, the types of programs they provide, and demographic profiles of the schools they serve.

The site will auto-populate data previously received by Ingenuity, and organizations will be asked to provide new partnerships and programs as well as provide updates to any outdated information. The data entered and updated will be reflected in artlook Map, and the highly anticipated artlook Map 2.0 launching in early 2014. We hope organizations will complete the data entry requests by December 20 in preparation for the launch.

Organizations should have received log-in information last week to access the data site. If you provide arts education programming to CPS schools but have not received an email with log-in information, please check first with any staff members who may have received the email and your spam folder. If your organization is still in need of log-in information, please email

CPS Receives Quality Feedback in Request for Information Sessions

Chicago Public Schools Department of Procurement and Contracts and the Department of Arts Education hosted two Request for Information (RFI) sessions to gather information from service providers for In-School Arts Education Services for CPS (in the areas of visual art, music, dance, drama/theatre, media arts, and multi-disciplinary arts). The sessions allowed arts education organizations to hear about the CPS Arts Education Plan's goal to--in addition to arts instruction from certified and endorsed arts educators--have strategic community arts partnerships for every school.

Look for more information in the coming days regarding next steps in the Request for Qualifications process.

The CPS Arts Education Plan provides a roadmap for increasing access to
every art form for every student in the district.

Professional Development Fellowships from Fund for Teachers

The Fund for Teachers awards fellowships to pre-K-12 classroom teachers throughout the United States so that they may participate in training and enriching activities that will improve their skills as teachers. Applicants must propose a summer activity and explain how the endeavor will make the applicant a better teacher; how the applicant will implement his or her new improved skills in the classroom; and how these improved skills will benefit students, curricula, and the school.

Teachers must have a minimum of three years experience and be full-time teachers spending at least 50% of their time in the classroom. Eligible teachers may apply as individuals (funding limit of $5,000) or as a team (funding limit of $10,000). The application deadline is January 30, 2014. Visit the Fund’s website for detailed fellowship guidelines for each state.

Attention Arts Partners: Share your Events and Videos

Ingenuity's new website hosts both a new vimeo account for videos, and a page for you to share your student- and teacher-focused events. Send us a link to your vimeo videos, and we will add them to our new Arts Education channel. Submit your events and they will appear on our site, and some will also be shared in our monthly e-letter. Visit our site to post your:
  • discounted student or teacher ticket offerings
  • student-run or student-performed events
  • program application deadlines
  • professional development opportunities
Let us know if you have questions about what to share. And, if you are looking for a place to post your fundraising events, we've found these two sites we hope you'll find helpful:

Ingenuity Encourages you to Run for Local School Council

Ingenuity would like to encourage interested parents and community members to submit their nomination for their Local School Council (LSC). LSC members are elected and have responsibilities related to the school budget, principal evaluation and retention, and the continuous improvement work plan (CIWP) for their school. As strong advocates for the arts in schools, we hope you will take the opportunity to have a role in your local school's decision-making.

Interested candidates need to submit nominating forms at their respective school by February 26, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. The forms, along with additional information, can be found at, in the main office of any CPS school, CPS Network Offices, and the Office of LSC Relations at 125 S. Clark, 5th floor.
To share events related to arts education, please complete our events form.
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