July 16, 2012
On the heels of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) releasing its draft version of Chicago’s new 2012 cultural plan, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today announced it is working in collaboration with DCASE and Ingenuity Incorporated to develop the District’s first-ever Arts Education Plan to serve as a roadmap for providing quality arts education for all CPS students across the city. The plan will set standards for arts in the classroom and will focus on coordinating and aligning resources to maximize national and local partnerships with the District.
The CPS Arts Education Plan will become an essential blueprint for integrating the arts into the daily curriculum of each student and will be an important component of the city’s initiative to develop a cultural plan that will serve as the centerpiece to elevate Chicago as a global destination for creativity, innovation and excellence in the arts.
“For the first time, organizations from across the spectrum of the arts world are coming together to ensure that our students have exposure and access to a quality arts education,” said CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. “The Arts Education Plan planning process is designed to involve all stakeholders throughout the District to leverage all available resources and ultimately arrive at an actionable plan for offering our students the best possible arts programming.”
The Plan will set high-quality standards in the arts for all CPS schools to build upon. The emerging themes for these standards are Arts Policy, In-School and Out-of-School Guidelines, Arts Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Data and Strategy, Arts Partnerships and Collaborations, and Professional Development.
Advisory and Steering Committees have been formed to oversee the creation of the plan and help ensure that a three-tiered process to develop this plan engages students, teachers, principals and parents in conjunction with DCASE and Ingenuity Incorporated. Committee members represent all stakeholders and
include internationally recognized musician and composer Yo-Yo Ma, and Grammy award-winning soprano, Renee Fleming. Committee members will give insight, lend expertise and offer recommendations towards strategies in design and implementation of the Arts Education Plan.
To aid in the planning process, CPS has launched a new website designed to support the creation of the Arts Education Plan. The website includes frequently asked questions, a timeline, and opportunities for community involvement and serves as a vehicle for stakeholders and the public to find information on how to get involved as well as explore events, latest news and announcements. This website can be accessed at http://www.cpsartsplan2012.com/.
Chicago Public Schools serves 404,000 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.