Welcome to the Arts Liaison Toolkit! Here you can download useful documents and handouts generated by the Department of Arts Education and Ingenuity to assist you in carrying out the Arts Liaison role.


Arts Liaison Role Information

Arts Liaison Role Summary (one-pager)
A brief summary of the Arts Liaison role and responsibilities.

Arts Liaison Role and Responsibilities with Examples
A summary of the Arts Liaison role and responsibilities that includes real-world examples of the role in action (sourced directly from Arts Liaisons).

Arts Essentials Resources

2020-21 Arts Essentials Purchasing Guide: District-Managed Schools
Purchasing guidelines for the $1,000 Arts Essentials grant awarded to district-managed CPS schools that complete the annual Creative Schools Survey.


2020-21 Arts Essentials Purchasing Guide: Charter/Contract/Options Schools
Purchasing guidelines for the $1,000 Arts Essentials grant awarded to CPS charter, contract, and options schools that complete the annual Creative Schools Survey.

Arts Essentials Purchasing Process at a Glance
A walkthrough of the purchasing process for quick reference by Arts Liaisons, administrators, and school clerks at district-managed CPS schools.

Arts Essentials Spending Planner (Word)
Arts Liaisons, administrators, and other arts teachers can use this tool to collaboratively plan how to spend Arts Essentials grant money each year (Word version)

Arts Essentials Spending Planner (Excel)
Arts Liaisons, administrators, and other arts teachers can use this tool to collaboratively plan how to spend Arts Essentials grant money each year (Excel version)

Creative Schools Fund Resources

Creative Schools Funds grants are competitive grants of up to $10,000 for the development and creation of CPS arts programs and initiatives across disciplines. Any school that completes the Creative Schools Survey is eligible to submit CSF grant applications. More information about Creative Schools Fund Grants, including application forms, can be found at Ingenuity’s website.

Advocacy and Leadership Tools

Arts Education Plan
Created in 2012, the Arts Education Plan serves as a policy and programming blueprint for increasing access, equity and the quality of arts education provided to CPS students.

Arts Partnership Resources

artlook® map
Search for potential arts partnerships for your school and/or find arts data about each CPS school using this interactive map.

Ingenuity Arts Partnership Process
A summary guide for building effective, impactful, and sustainable arts partnerships in schools.

Ingenuity Partnership Impact Scale
Articulates the levels of impact that various types of community arts partnerships can have upon a school’s arts program.

CPS Policies, Memos, and Guidance Documents

Access important policies, memos, and guidance documents generated by Chicago Public Schools and the CPS Department of Arts Education.