In support of the continued collaborative work between teachers and arts education partners, Ingenuity and the CPS Department of Arts Education 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.

Session Types

Keynote Speaker: A 45-minute address from a soon-to-be-announced inspirational thought leader in the arts education field.

Practice Sessions: 60- or 120-minute presentation and practice sessions that:

  • Explore innovative arts educator skills, tools, resources and/or techniques
  • Include one or more interactive activities that let participants practice these skills
  • Cover one topic in depth, rather than giving an overview of many topics
  • Include take-home materials for use and reference

Art-Making Workshops: 60- or 120-minute highly-interactive demonstration or experiential sessions that:

  • Are rooted in participation and active learning
  • Cover techniques, skills, and processes in a specific art form or art forms
  • Include take-home materials for use and reference

Arts and Technology Maker Space: An interactive maker space with learning stations where participants can engage in collaborative or individual exploration of a number of tools and resources that promote technology-integrated learning in the arts classroom.

Networking Breaks: 30-minute breaks between sessions to allow participants ample time to build new connections, nurture existing relationships, and spark collaboration.

Propose a Conference Session

Share your knowledge! This is a wonderful opportunity to inform and inspire your colleagues and community. The CPS Department of Arts Education and Ingenuity are seeking proposals from arts partners, teaching artists, teachers, principals, and administrators that prioritize the representation and amplification of essential voices, experiences, and perspectives within the following threads of learning:

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

The Conference proposal form will go live at on January 6, 2020. If you have any questions about submissions, please contact

Conference Registration

Registration for the Conference will open at on January 17, 2020.