In support of the continued collaborative work between teachers and arts education partners, the CPS Department of Arts Education and Ingenuity are excited to present the 2020 Arts Education Conference: Amplifying Essential Voices. We are thrilled to once again provide an opportunity for Chicago’s arts education sector to grow in new understanding, gain and share skills, and develop the vital relationships that allow our individual and shared work to flourish and thrive.

Conference Details

Date & Time: April 17th, 2020 | 8:30am–3:30pm
Location: Kennedy-King College, 6301 S Halsted St
Clock hours offered: 7.0

Attracting upwards of 500 arts teachers, arts partners, teaching artists, administrators, and other arts professionals from across the city and state each year, the Arts Education Conference is an excellent opportunity for you to learn with—and from—your colleagues and community.

This year’s conference, held at Kennedy-King College, will prioritize practice, presentation, and artmaking sessions that focus on culture, equity, and inclusion and align to one or more of our three conference learning strands:

  • Teaching & Learning in the Arts
  • Partnership Practices & Sustainability
  • Leadership & Advocacy

2020 Keynote Speaker and Panel Moderator: Jorge Lucero

We are thrilled to announce our keynote speaker and panel moderator for the 2020 Arts Education Conference! Jorge Lucero, Associate Professor of Art Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will give a presentation and moderate a student panel exploring the amplification of essential voices in arts education.

Jorge Lucero is a Chicago artist who currently serves as Associate Professor of Art Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. A former Chicago Public School teacher, his art practice has occurred all over the US and abroad. Jorge is the editor of the compendium Mere and Easy: Collage as a Critical Practice in Pedagogy (U of I Press) and the co-author of Teacher as Artist-in-Residence (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), as well as the  forthcoming STUDYCOLLECTION: Repository for Conviviality (Candor Arts). Jorge earned his undergraduate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his graduate degrees from Penn State University.

More information about Jorge and his work can be found at

Conference Registration

Register for the 2020 Arts Education Conference:

Important Registration Details for CPS Teachers:

  • ALL attendees will register for the Conference via Eventbrite. CPS teachers who attend will be registered post-event in Learning Hub and should complete the online ISBE survey to receive clock hours. Charter/contract/options teachers will be able to fill out ISBE paperwork on-site.
  • Once you are registered in Eventbrite, you will be prompted to create an account in Sched, our conference management system. All attendees MUST have a Sched account in order to reserve seats in sessions once they go live in March. If you have a Sched account already, you do not need to create one.