To stimulate and nurture collaborative work between teachers and arts education partners, Ingenuity and the CPS Department of Arts Education are excited to present this year’s Arts Education Conference: Collaborating for Quality.

We are thrilled to provide an opportunity to increase knowledge, gain skills, and develop the vital relationships needed to make our individual and shared work successful.

Download the Conference Schedule

View the session schedule for Friday, November 3rd (8:30am-3:30pm)
View the session schedule for Saturday, November 4th (8:30am-1:00pm)

Keynote Speakers


                                    Lara Davis                                           Dr. Eve L. Ewing
                              Friday November 3                               Saturday November 4

Lara Davis is an artist, racial equity strategist, and arts administrator working at the intersection of cultural policy, public education, and social justice.  She has served as a Seattle arts commissioner and as program director for Arts Corps, a nationally recognized youth arts education organization.  As a strategic advisor for the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Lara collaboratively leads The Creative Advantage, a public/private initiative to reinvest in equitable arts education for all Seattle students.Lara is the inaugural co-chair for the National Guild for Community Arts Education’s ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian/API Arab, Native American) Network, serves on the National Advisory Committee for the Teaching Artists Guild, is a 2017 Marshall Memorial Fellow, and the 2015 recipient of the Americans for the Arts Emerging Leader Award.  She knows firsthand the power of creativity necessary to build access, transform communities, and inspire systemic change.

Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a poet, essayist, visual artist, educator, and a sociologist at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration whose research is focused on racism, social inequality, and urban policy, and the impact of these forces on American public schools and the lives of young people. Dr. Ewing’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, The Nation, and The New Republic. Her first full length poetry collection, Electric Arches, was released September 2017 via Haymarket Books.

About The Conference


This conference will provide training and tools for:

  • Arts education partners and teaching artists on Ingenuity’s new Arts Partner Quality Framework
  • Arts teachers and school administrators on the new CPS Arts Content Framework
  • All stakeholders on moving the arts sector toward developing a shared language and vision for high-quality arts experiences for students
  • Insights from arts teachers and arts partner practitioners working in the field

Conference Details
Friday, November 3rd, 8:00am-3:30pm
Saturday, November 4th, 8:00am-1:00pm
Benito Juarez Community Academy, 1450 W Cermak Rd

To Register

CPS schools: Register on LearningHub
Course Code: 36934
Friday Class Code: 71342
Saturday Class Code: 71343

Charter & contract schools:
 Register on Eventbrite

Once you have registered for the conference, please use the link below to browse and sign up for sessions in SCHED, our conference management system: