The CPS Department of Arts Education sets the standards for an equitable and accessible arts education in all four art forms (dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual art) for all students across the district by consulting, training, and strategically planning with teachers, administrators, and schools.

Department of Arts Education Goals

  • All CPS students have regular access to high quality arts education (dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual art) during the school day.
  • All arts instruction is based on a high-quality, standards-based curriculum and assessments that align to the Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts and Mathematics.
  • Student progress and teacher performance are measured in a consistent, meaningful way and the data is used to improve decision-making for arts programming.

Ever wondered who does what at the Department of Arts Education?

Evan Plummer
Director of Arts Education
eeplummer [at] cps [dot] edu
773-553-3939 telephone
Directs policy and implementation of the CPS Arts Education Plan to increase the reach of arts education for all students and all learners; motivates team members, and drive the mission and vision of the CPS Department of Arts Education

Annie Rezac
Manager of Arts Professional Learning
asrezac [at] cps [dot] edu
773-553-6126 telephone
Designs and implements all professional development activities for arts teachers, Arts Liaisons, and administrators in arts leadership

Heather Lindahl
Program Coordinator, Arts Teachers Leading Achievement and Success (ATLAS Program); Program Manager, All-City Performing Arts
hmlindahl [at] cps [dot] edu
773-553-3896 telephone
Coordinates a professional learning program for lead arts teachers at the district’s Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Cluster Program that focuses on arts integration and digital media. Also manages a free student program for out-of-school learning in the performing arts.

Jeff Waraksa
Arts Education Specialist
jtwaraksa [at] cps [dot] edu
773-553-6132 telephone
Develops arts curricular materials and tools, including assessment practices, that drive achievement for all students and all learners in the visual and performing arts