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Ingenuity's mission is to leverage the vibrant communities, rich knowledge and significant resources of Chicago to ensure the arts are a critical component of every public school student’s education.

Ingenuity serves as Chicago's single hub of information, advocacy, strategy, and partnerships.  Founded through city-wide collaboration, Ingenuity aims to reinstate arts education in every school for every student.  Ingenuity works in tandem with the CPS Department of Arts Education, certified teachers, Chicago's arts and cultural community, parents, students and others to ensure excellence in art education for every student in Chicago Public Schools.

Ingenuity is the:

  • lead advocacy organization driving positive arts education policies in the District

  • single source of data on the availability and distribution of arts education throughout CPS

  • chief arts education strategy partner to CPS

  • co-architect of the first ever CPS Arts Education Plan (approved by the Chicago Board of Education)

  • co-designer of the Creative Schools Initiative – an interconnected set of incentives and supports for activating the CPS Arts Education Plan in schools and classrooms

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