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

No-Cost Service Agreements

Arts Partners that provide in-school, no-cost services must complete the Arts No Cost Service Provider Agreement 2021-2022 through DocuSign before services begin. 

This agreement should be completed for each individual service provided at each school an Arts Partner works with for all no-cost services. Please be sure to have the name and email of the school principal ready before starting to complete the agreement in DocuSign. You may review the contract here in advance of filling it out. Please do not complete the PDF of this agreement, as this is for viewing purposes only. The No-Cost Service Agreement must be completed through DocuSign to be sure all parties have signed the agreement. 

For questions or assistance with this form agreement please email artsvendors@cps.edu

Out-of-School Time

Please note the agreement above is for services provided during school hours only. Use the Out of School Time Agreement for all services provided after school hours. Questions on OST can be sent to ostprograms@cps.edu.


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.