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Submissions are now open for the PERFORMANCE and VISUAL ARTS slots in our first-ever RE·VER·BER·ATE, a free multidisciplinary arts festival for the CPS community in downtown Chicago on April 27th - 30th.

This four-day event is open to all CPS students including those from charter, contract, and option schools. The event will provide students in PreK - 12th grades with exhibition and performance opportunities, as well as workshops, portfolio reviews/audition workshops, Fine and Performing Arts high school fairs, and college/career connections.

There will be several stages and public spaces that will be programmed with the aim to provide the widest possible representation of CPS student performances.

For more information and submission guidelines, click here

To submit to the visual arts exhibitions (ACVA), click here.

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The CPS Department of Arts Education works to ensure that every Chicago Public Schools student receives a high-quality arts education by creating conditions at the classroom, school, district, and state level that allow the arts to grow and flourish.


Chicago Public Schools sets the standard for an innovative and impactful arts education that empowers every student to develop the creativity, empathy, curiosity, and confident self-expression that leads to bold and inventive artistic practice, active citizenship, professional success, and personal fulfillment.


Check out the most recent arts education announcements and opportunities below!

Apply For This Year's All-City Senior Portfolio Exhibition

The All-City Senior Portfolio Exhibition allows CPS high school seniors to exhibit their artwork and to gain exposure among selected admissions representatives of various colleges and universities. All 12th grade students from any CPS school, including charter, contract, and options schools, are encouraged to submit their work.


2022 All City Visual Arts Showcase

Check out the virtual exhibition, and view the 2022 All City Visual Arts Scholarship Winners

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Jessica Vazquez: Critic

Jessica Vazquez: Critic

2022 All City Visual Arts Showcase

Check out the virtual exhibition, and view the 2022 All City Visual Arts Scholarship Winners

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Key Resources

Arts Funding Information for Schools

Searching for funding opportunities to supplement your school’s allotted budget for the arts? Here you’ll find information about how to access grant money for arts programming, supplies, and equipment.

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Arts Policies and Procedures

Find find links to important policies, memos, and guidance documents generated by Chicago Public Schools and the CPS Department of Arts Education.

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Resources for Current Arts Partners

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.

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List of Active CPS Vendors

A regularly-updated list of all active CPS vendors that schools may purchase from.

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Creating Opportunities for our Students

 Free Visual Art Exhibition Opportunities

The All-City Visual Art Exhibitions provide free art exhibition opportunities for approximately 2,000 students in K-12th grade each year.

 Free Performing Arts Ensemble-Based Instruction

The All-City Performing Arts Program provides over 50 hours of free ensemble-based arts instruction for each of the approximately 200 students enrolled in the program annually.

 Early College Arts

RE:ALIZE, our two-year arts program for junior and seniors from across the district, provides each student with 12 college credits in the arts prior to graduation.

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Contact Info CPS Arts Department


Chicago Public Schools
42 W. Madison St, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60602