The Arts Student Voice Committee (ASVC) is a diverse group of CPS high school students who work with the Department of Arts Education (DAE) team to discuss, create, and execute strategies for improving arts education in Chicago Public Schools.

The ASVC meets regularly to discuss issues related to arts education in CPS and selects an issue or issues that they feel strongly about and can potentially impact with their actions. They then create actionable strategies for addressing these issues. DAE team members review, offer feedback on, and approve these strategies, and provide oversight and support for their execution. 

They also contribute their ideas and talents to DAE events and programs in order to amplify and encourage student voice in arts education.

Meet the 2020-2021 ASVC

Violet B.
Senior | Whitney Young HS | Years in ASVC: 2

Why are you in ASVC?
ASVC gives me the opportunity to be vocal about the strong benefits of a good arts education, and to channel creative energy in helpful ways. 

How are you involved in the arts?
I’m a clarinetist in three bands. I also play guitar, ukulele, piano, and harp, in addition to singing. I also enjoy arts administration and have taken part in organizing multiple events for young artists. 

Why is arts education important to you?
My arts education has given me community, mentorship, space to grow, and has expanded my knowledge about things I am deeply passionate about. I wish nothing more for every child to have the opportunities for creative and social-emotional growth that an arts education provides. 

Tarik B.
CPS Alumnus | Years in ASVC: 2

Biography forthcoming

Edna C.
Lindblom Math & Science Academy  | Years in ASVC: 1

Why are you in ASVC?
ASVC is a brand new way to experience others’ opinions!

How are you involved in the arts?
I want to major in arts, so I’m trying new things.

Why is arts education important to you?
Arts education is important to me because many students get to express themselves through art.

Billy D.
Junior | Kenwood HS | Years in ASVC: 1

Why are you in ASVC?
To help Chicago curate more young artists.

How are you involved in the arts?
I do visual arts! I draw, paint and do photography.

Why is arts education important to you?
Learning the arts is part of being a well rounded student, I think people should have a more serious attitude about art like they do math, science and athletics.

Nishael D.
Freshman | Taft Freshman Academy | Years in ASVC: 1

Why are you in ASVC?
I’m in the ASVC because of the large scale of opportunities and the amount of things I’ll learn. I enjoy singing, dancing, and acting so being in the ASVC really helps me explore the things I like to do.

How are you involved in the arts?
I’ve been involved in the arts program since 6th grade. I’ve been involved by being in chorus at my elementary school for 3 years which got me into the ASVC by my chorus teacher. I’m also in a band. I’ve been involved in dance since I was 12. I take singing lessons. 

Why is arts education important to you?
Arts education is important to me because it teaches me problem solving and social skills by interacting with others. Decision making because of group work and working together. Risk taking because of learning new things and getting out there with ideas. Last but not least, language skills because of conversing with others.  

Liam L.
Sophomore | Nicholas Senn HS | Years in ASVC: 1

Why are you in ASVC?
I joined ASVC to express my opinions on arts education to create a positive impact.

How are you involved in the arts?
I started teaching myself keyboard by ear as a kid, and before I knew it I was being taught actual theory. Music has opened many paths to me some of which have been composing and releasing music, and I am currently practicing film scoring.

Why is arts education important to you?
A quality arts education is an opportunity I think everyone deserves, because the world can never have enough art.

Neidaliz M.
Freshman | Lane Tech HS | Years in ASVC: 1

Why are you in ASVC?
I am in ASVC because I get to share my opinion and meet new people that also enjoy art.

How are you involved in the arts?
I started singing around the age of one and since then I’ve learned how to play the piano and the ukulele. I also love visual art and I mostly paint and draw but I also do digital art.

Why is arts education important to you?
Arts education is important to me because the arts are my passion. They have shaped me into who I am today. It’s important to me that others with a passion for art have the opportunity to learn, and grow through their arts education.

Lisette M.
Sophomore | Marie Curie HS | Years in ASVC: 1

Biography forthcoming

Guadalupe P.
Senior | Carver Military Academy | Years in ASVC: 1

Why are you in ASVC?
I am part of ASVC because it helps give me a voice to help improve arts education for all CPS artists.

How are you involved in the arts?
I started being a percussionist in the 3rd grade and have continued to this day. I am currently part of my school’s marching band and am a member of All City performing arts. I am part of the Symphonic bands 1 & 2, mariachi ensemble and percussion ensemble.

Why is arts education important to you?
Arts education is important to me because my arts education is what has turned me into who I am today as a musician. It has impacted my future goals and has influenced me into wanting to become a music teacher one day. Arts education is a part of who I am.

Mario P.
Senior | Chicago High School for the Arts | Years in ASVC: 1

Why are you in ASVC?
As a student who has a strong passion for the arts, I felt that it is extremely important that the youth have access to explore their intellectual curiosity. I believe that ASVC has allowed me to aid those students find their inner creativity.

How are you involved in the arts?
I started my artistic journey when I was eight years old. I have been singing in a choir throughout middle school. I now attend a performing arts high school where I study as a vocal major. I study a large variety of musical genres and am inspired to continue studying music in college.

Why is arts education important to you?
Art education is important because it allows young students like myself the opportunity to utilize artistic ingenuity in the communities and in our schools.

Fernando R.
Freshman | Solorio Academy | Years in ASVC: 1

Why are you in ASVC?
I am in ASVC because it is a great way to express my opinions on what is happening in the arts not just as a student but as one who greatly values the arts and also forms part of them.

How are you involved in the arts?
I have been in the musical arts since 4th grade. I am a tuba player in three bands. I also play the bass guitar, baritone, trombone, and 12 string guitar. I also enjoy helping and motivating others to progress and try new things in the arts world.

Daisy S.
Junior | Benito Juarez Academy | Years in ASVC: 2

Why are you in ASVC?
The ASVC gives me a space that values my opinions, not only as a  student, but as an artist. 

How are you involved in the arts?
I’ve been involved in visual and vocal arts since the sixth grade. 

Why is arts education important to you?
I was lucky enough to have engaging arts classes for a majority of my academic career. Art became one of my outlets, and has become more than a hobby, but a potential career choice. I was able to come from a band or art club, and feel like I was a part of a community.  I don’t want other kids pursuing art as a career to feel limited by the system, and the current state of arts education. 

Joanna S.
Senior | Jones College Prep HS | Years in ASVC: 2

Why are you in ASVC?
Arts education has had a tremendous impact on shaping me into who I am today, so I joined the ASVC in hopes of spreading and sharing the positive impacts of arts education with other students like myself.

How are you involved in the arts?
I started playing the flute in 5th grade, which led me to eventually join my elementary school’s concert and marching band. I played in a youth orchestra all throughout middle school, picking up the piccolo in the process, and continued playing in concert band for my first two years of highschool.

Why is arts education important to you?
My arts education was what brought me out of my shell in elementary school. Concert band was the first place I ever felt like I belonged, and music was the best way that I could express myself as a child. I have made unforgettable friends and memories because of my music education and want to spread arts education in hopes that others will be as inspired by it as I was and continue to be.

Ethan T.
Jones College Prep HS | Years in ASVC: 2

Why are you in ASVC?
ASVC gives me the opportunity to help spread the importance of arts education as well as improving it. 

How are you involved in the arts?
I used to play the piano when I was really young and the clarinet in my elementary school. When I entered high school, I cut down time on music to pursue visual arts which is what I mainly do now.

Why is arts education important to you?
I was never the most vocal kid however visual arts and music really helped express my emotions and what’s going on in my mind. For me, arts is also really therapeutic and a really good de-stresser from other subjects like math and English. It helped me form some of the strongest bonds and create some of the best memories as well.

Skye W.
Junior | Payton College Prep HS | Years in ASVC: 2

Why are you in ASVC?
I stumbled upon a flyer for AVSC at Whitney Young and have been here ever since. 🙂 

How are you involved in the arts?
I’m mainly a visual artist (I draw!), but I enjoy all types of art.

Why is arts education important to you?
What could be better than drawing and doing fun art stuff during school?


ASVC Alumni

Fabrizio C., Hancock College Prep HS
Fiona F., Schurz HS
Darwin M., Northside College Prep HS


Watch the SY19-20 ASVC in Action!

Why The Arts?: To accompany Amplifying Essential Voices, our April 2020 Conference Keynote and Panel event, the ASVC created this video about the importance of arts education that cleverly riffs on Kahoot!, the popular learning platform.

Thank You, CPS Arts Teachers: The ASVC express their gratitude to CPS arts teachers at the end of the SY20 school year.