The City of Chicago insured the future of the CPS Arts Education Plan on May 17, 2013, when Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that $500,000 in rollover donations from the NATO Summit would be allocated to the plan, bringing its total 2013 budget to $1 million.

Chicago Arts Plan

In October 2012, soprano Renée Fleming, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and dancer Damian Woetzel joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel at Manuel Perez Elementary in Pilsen, where he announced the first Chicago Public Schools Arts Education Plan, a cornerstone of the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012.

As outlined in a press release from the Office of the Mayor, specifics of the plan include:

• Dedicated weekly arts instructional time: 120 minutes/week for elementary school students and increased arts credit options for high-school students;

• Significant increases in professional development and training for teachers, principals and arts partners;  

• Increased community partnerships for schools, tapping the resources of Chicago's cultural institutions and community organizations; and  

• Increased funding assistance and strategies to ensure arts instruction in every school, including diversifying the types of arts offerings in schools and increasing dedicated supplies and resources.

The City of Chicago insured the future of the CPS Arts Education Plan on May 17, 2013, when Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that $500,000 in rollover donations from the NATO Summit would be allocated to the plan, bringing its total 2013 budget to $1 million.

Ingenuity Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to improving arts education in the Chicago Public Schools, collaborated with the Office of the Mayor on the CPS Arts Education Plan. In his announcement of the $1 million investment, Paul Sznewajs, executive director of Ingenuity Inc., extended "a special thank you to Yo-Yo Ma and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Renée Fleming and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Josephine Lee and the Chicago Children's Choir for their efforts to make this happen."

Pictured: (l-r:) Damian Woetzel, Renée Fleming, and Yo-Yo Ma at Manuel Perez Elementary for the announcement of the first Chicago Public Schools Arts Education Plan. (Photo: Todd Rosenberg Photography)