The CPS Department of Arts Education encourages and supports robust collaborations between CPS schools and community arts organizations and teaching artists that bring the rich cultural resources of Chicago into the district’s classrooms.

CPS is committed to ensuring that partner policies and resources address the best interests of our students and our valued partner community.  Below, partners who are currently approved to work in CPS schools can find important safety and security and procurement policies and resources. 

If you or your organization are not currently approved to work in CPS schools but would like to become a partner, please visit our Prospective Partners page.


Arts Partnership in SY2021-22

Policies and resources for arts partners working with CPS schools in SY21-22 are coming soon. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback about arts partner policies and resources, please feel free to contact artsvendors@cps.edu or call (773) 553-2170.

If you have questions about payment, please email accountspayable@cps.edu


Professional Learning and Other Partner Supports from Ingenuity

The CPS Department of Arts Education partners with Ingenuity, a national leader in arts data collection and mapping, strategy, advocacy, and partnerships related to arts education. Ingenuity offers unparalleled support to current and potential CPS arts partners and teaching artists across the city, including:

Ingenuity also maintains artlook Map®, which facilitates connections between schools and community partners and provides all stakeholders—schools, partners, funders, government agencies, and others—with robust data about arts education across the city.