Arts Liaisons have access to yearly professional learning events to help them hone skills and strategies to improve and expand arts programming in their school community.


February 11, 2020: ARTS LIAISON ROUNDTABLE

The Arts Liaison initiative is a cornerstone of the CPS Arts Education Plan. Since the 2013-14 school year, Liaisons have not only provided valuable data on the state of arts education in the district, they’ve stepped up as school and community leaders and tireless advocates of quality arts education for all students in Chicago Public Schools. 

As we enter this new decade, the CPS Department of Arts Education and Ingenuity are hosting an Arts Liaison Roundtable to “take the pulse” of Liaisons across the district and hear directly from you about the role and its responsibilities: What is working? What needs improvement? How can we better support you in your role? How might the role change and evolve as we set our sights on the future of arts education? Please join us to give us your critical feedback, share your successes and challenges, and help shape the Arts Liaison role for the years to come!

IMPORTANT NOTE: This Roundtable is taking the place of the Empowered Arts Educator: Building Buy-In session previously scheduled for February 11th. The Buy-In event will be rescheduled for a later date.

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Time: 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Location: CPS Garfield Park Office, 2651 W Washington Blvd
Clock hours offered: 2.0

To Register:

CPS teachers from district-managed schools: Visit learninghub.cps.edu
Course Code: 47030 | Class Code: 88424

Charter/contract/options school teachers and non-CPS teachers: Register here.


May 13, 2020: INGENUITY SPRING MEGA-SUMMIT

The Summit Series, hosted by Ingenuity, brings schools, teachers, and community arts partners together to identify and fill the most pressing arts needs in each school. Eat, drink, and mingle with peers and arts partners, and walk away with next steps to form sustainable partnerships—and cash prizes, too!

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Time: 4:30pm–8:30pm
Location: Malcolm X College, 1900 W Jackson Blvd, 1st Floor Conference Hall, Chicago, IL
Clock hours offered: 4.0

To Register: Registration for the Spring Mega-Summit will open at
bit.ly/Summit-Spring2020 on March 13, 2020.

NOTE: CPS teachers who attend will be registered post-event in Learning Hub and will receive their clock hours (CPDUs) once they complete the online ISBE evaluation. Charter/contract/options teachers who attend will be able to fill out their ISBE evaluation and evidence of completion forms on-site.


Archived Arts Liaison Professional Learning Resources, 2019-20

September 24, 2019: ARTS LIAISON RALLY & INGENUITY FALL MEGA-SUMMIT

Thank you to all Liaisons who attended this session! You can access all resources from the Rally in our Arts Liaison Toolkit.

October 16, 2019: THE EMPOWERED ARTS EDUCATOR: FINDING THE FUNDING

For just about every school looking to start, grow, or sustain high-quality arts programming, money is always a practical concern. At this workshop, Arts Liaisons and other arts leaders within CPS will learn where and how to obtain additional funds, supplies, and other resources to help turn their arts dreams into reality. Local funders, Department of Arts Education staff, community leaders, and expert teachers will offer practical strategies for:

  • Writing successful grant applications
  • Generating community and family support via booster clubs, fundraisers, and donations
  • Maximizing your $1,000 Arts Essentials funding
  • Stretching your budget with free and cheap arts supplies, materials, and equipment

Download the slide deck from the Finding the Funding session.

For more arts funding supports, please visit our Arts Funding Information page.


Other Professional Learning Offerings

Download the professional learning catalog for school year 2019–2020 to browse all arts education professional learning opportunities available to Arts Liaisons as well as other CPS teachers, administrators, and arts partners.