CPS Department of Arts Education
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 to be apart of All City Performing Arts 2023 - 2024!
Applications for the 2023–2024 All-City Performing Arts (ACPA) Program are now open! All students in grades 3–12 at any CPS school are eligible to apply, and guardians can apply on their student's behalf. Apply by September 4, 2023.
All ACPA ensembles will be offered every Saturday during the 2023–24 school year in person at Jones College Prep (700 S. State St). See the ensembles and their practice times for the fall of 2023 below.
SY2023-24 Arts Professional Learning & Events
In school year 2023-24, Department of Arts Education Professional Learning will focus on:
- Accelerated, standards-aligned, discipline & grade-level best practices in curriculum, assessment, and instruction.
- Student-centered, culturally responsive instructional strategies centering the CPS Inner Core.
- Arts practice shifts in response to Classroom Learning Conditions.
Click the link below to access the catalog of professional learning this year:
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.