This year’s Arts Education Conference: Rest and Renew is a gift to all of you. It’s a thank you for everything you have done to bring arts education to our students during the most difficult of times.

Again and again, we have seen you go above and beyond to provide nurturing, creative, vibrant spaces for students to express themselves creatively—and in doing so, find a safe outlet to relieve stress and process the complex emotions and thoughts that this past year has either provoked or magnified.

The Rest and Renew Conference on April 16th is dedicated to giving you that same space. At this half-day virtual event, we’ll offer a variety of calming, centering, and energizing creative experiences that will help arts teachers and arts partners reconnect with one another, engage in restorative artmaking, productively process and reflect on the past year, and look to the future with renewed spirit and hope. Throughout the day there will be performances, mindful moments, connection and reflection opportunities, and celebrations of you and your accomplishments.

We are thrilled to welcome Heather Ireland Robinson (Executive Director of the Jazz Institute of Chicago), Tomeka Reid (cellist, composer, and educator), and Devin Shaw (senior, Whitney Young HS; JIC Jazz Links Student Council Member) as our keynote presenters.

We hope you will join us!

Event Details

Date and Time: Friday, April 16, 2021 from 8:00 am-1:00pm

Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Maximum clock hours offered: 5.0

For further details, please visit our 2021 Conference FAQ.

Conference Agenda
8:00am–8:45amOptional yoga session, led by Dr. Auburn Ellis
8:45am–9:00amOpening remarks from the CPS Department of Arts Education and Ingenuity
9:00–9:45amKeynote presentation by Heather Ireland Robinson (Executive Director of the Jazz Institute of Chicago), Tomeka Reid (renowned cellist, performer, and educator), and Devin Shaw (senior, Whitney Young HS; JIC Jazz Links Student Council member)
9:50–10:50amRest and Renew Sessions:

Write it Out: A Self-Care and Journaling Workshop with multidisciplinary artist Rhonda Wheatley

Breathing to Create Change with CPS dance educators Elisa Foshay, Gina Spears, and M.K. Victorson

Creative Connections: Music, the Arts, & SEL with CPS music educators Frank Cademartori, Jenai Jenkins, and Leo Park

Once Upon Our Time Capsule: Encapsulating the Past Year with Chicago Children’s Theatre teaching artists Lizzy May, Terry Guest, and Micah Figueroa
11:00am–12:00pmRest and Renew Sessions (repeated)
12:10–1:00pmClosing ritual & celebration, featuring members of the CPS Arts Student Voice Committee

For detailed information on all sessions, please click on the button below to download our conference brochure.

Register for the 2021 Conference

To register in Zoom, please click on the button below. After registering to join the main Conference meet link (which will include the keynote and the closing session) you will receive a confirmation email that contains additional links and descriptions for all the other sessions. There is no need to register for any additional sessions—simply use the corresponding session links at the indicated times.

Note: CPS teachers from district-managed schools will be registered post-event in Learning Hub to receive credit for any sessions they attend. Charter/Contract/Options teachers will be given digital ISBE evaluation and evidence of completion forms after the event.

2021 Conference FAQ

For further information about the 2021 Arts Education Conference, please access our FAQ document by clicking below.