The Chicago Community Trust, an organization that leads and inspires philanthropic efforts to improve the quality of life and prosperity of the Chicago region, has helped rally the arts sector around arts education in the Chicago Public Schools. Slover Linett recently began working with The Trust and several of its grantees to assess the breadth and depth of education programming provided by arts organizations to Chicago Public Schools students and teachers.
The Trust and Chicago Public Schools have been working together for years to enhance arts education and support programs in local classrooms. With new guidelines on K-12 arts education recently released, the Trust is now working closely with arts organizations to assess their capacity for serving Chicago Public School students with arts education programming and identify ways to serve even more students. The new survey to inform that process will seek information from hundreds of Chicago-area arts organizations about their current arts education activities with Chicago Public Schools students both within and outside of the schools.
To lead the research and dialogue process, the Trust has provided funding to four major Chicago-area arts institutions representing four broad arts sectors:
- Visual Arts: The Art Institute of Chicago
- Dance: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
- Theater: The League of Chicago Theaters
- Music: Ravinia
In turn, those four organizations have engaged three experienced consultant-facilitators who are helping each sector manage its own, distinct but interrelated initiative: Gillian Darlow of Civic Consulting Alliance; Lara Pruitt of LKP Consulting; and Lisa Schneider Fabes.
The Slover Linett research team is excited to be working with these outstanding organizations and talented individuals to paint a detailed picture of K-12 arts education in the Chicago region. The firm’s president, Cheryl Slover-Linett, hopes that the study will inspire a new dialogue about the current capacity in arts education. “The arts education community here has been making big and innovative strides,” she says. “In order to go even further, they need to know more about the current situation and where the additional opportunities may lie. Nothing could be more crucial to the future of our region’s arts ecology than ensuring that students enjoy early, sustained, and positive encounters with the arts as they learn and grow.”
We’re also proud to be working with a special advisor to this project, Norman Bradburn of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago Bradburn, an eminent research psychologist and former provost of the University of Chicago, literally wrote the book on survey methods and questionnaire design. We couldn’t be more grateful for the rigor and expertise he brings to this important project.
For more information about the Chicago-area arts education survey, please contact our arts & culture practice leader, Sarah Lee, by email or at (773) 348-9214.