To support CPS arts educators, administrators, parents, and guardians during COVID-19-related school closures, the CPS Department of Arts Education will regularly post arts program and event updates as well as links to resources related to remote arts learning in the district.

Program and Event Updates

Based on the district’s recent recommendations about COVID-19 and subsequent school closures, The CPS Department of Arts Education will be cancelling, postponing, or adjusting a number of its districtwide programs and events in the coming weeks. 

Please see below for the current status of district-run arts programs or events that you or your students participate in, along with contact information should you have questions or concerns.

Student Arts Program Updates
Event or Program NameDate(s) and Location(s)StatusContact for Information
All-City Performing Arts Program rehearsals March 14th–April 11th at Jones College Prep High SchoolAll ensembles are currently meeting virtually. Contact for further information.Melisa Rutkelis, Manager of Student Programs
All-City High School Visual Arts Exhibition May 4–17 at Expo 72Adjusted to virtual exhibition opening May 27, 2020.Melisa Rutkelis, Manager of Student Programs
All-City Elementary Visual Arts Exhibition May 26–June 7, 2020 at Expo 72Adjusted to virtual exhibition opening May 27, 2020.Melisa Rutkelis, Manager of Student Programs
CPS High School Band and Orchestra FestivalApril 25, 2020 at Lane Tech HSCancelledMelisa Rutkelis, Manager of Student Programs
CPS High School Choral FestivalApril 25, 2020 at Northeastern Illinois UniversityCancelledMelisa Rutkelis, Manager of Student Programs
Arts Professional Learning Updates
Event or Program NameDate and LocationStatusContact for Information
2020 Arts Education ConferenceFriday, April 17th at Kennedy-King CollegeAdjusted to virtual event (keynote and student panel only), Friday, April 17th, 10–11:30amConference Planning Team,
Fine & Performing Arts School Professional Learning SessionMay 14, 2020Adjusted to virtual session (time TBD), May 14, 2020Christine Rudy-Reed, F&PA School Specialist,

Other School Closure Information and Resources

Remote Learning Guidance

In alignment with new guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education, PreK–12 remote learning plans for district-managed Chicago Public Schools* will begin April 13, 2020, following the scheduled spring break. Supports for creation of remote learning plans are listed below.


  • Educators and Administrators: Visit to view Remote Learning Plan guidance documents. (Requires CPS login credentials)
  • Educators and Administrators: Join optional drop-in consultations/office hours, webinars, and trainings available during the week of March 30–April 3 for support with the switch to remote learning. (Requires CPS login credentials)
  • Arts Educators: Attend special Community of Practice meetings focused on remote learning in the arts (registration emails will be sent via in the coming weeks).
  • Parents and Guardians: Visit for enrichment resources and remote learning guidance. CPS will update enrichment resources every two weeks. 

*All Remote Learning Plan Guidance above pertains to district-managed CPS schools only. Charter, contract, and options schools may access a version of the Arts Education Considerations for Remote Learning document here.

Food Assistance for Families

  • For the week of March 30th, CPS families can pick up free grab-and-go meals from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at any CPS school.
  • During the district’s scheduled spring break, which begins Monday, April 6, families may pick up grab-and-go meals at 136 school sites across the city from Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. A detailed list of spring break meal sites is available here.
  • Beginning the following week (Monday, April 13), the district will launch a consolidated meal plan under which 276 schools that were most frequented by families will continue to provide free meals, and schools that were less utilized by families will no longer serve as distribution sites. 
  • For the full list of meal sites open during spring break and under the consolidated site plan beginning April 13, please visit or call 773-553-KIDS.
  • NOTE: Meal sites will not be open on Friday, April 10 (Good Friday). Families should plan accordingly.

Educational Enrichment Activities

Grade-level activity packets (including arts activities) are available to PreK-12th grade students that include non-digital and digital activities for students. These packets will not be graded. Parents can download the grade-level packets at Copies of the packets will also be available at food distribution sites.

Information about COVID-19

For the most reliable information about COVID-19, please visit:

The health and safety of our community is our highest priority and we appreciate your understanding during this extraordinary time.