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Digging into Data on Arts Education

Tuesday, October 14, 9:50am – 10:50am


Organized and moderated by Frank Baiocchi, Senior Program Officer, Polk Bros. Foundation.

Presented by Evan Plummer, Director of Arts, Chicago Public Schools; and Paul Sznewajs, Executive Director, Ingenuity.

Do you have answers to these basic questions: How many art teachers are in the school district? How many students receive arts education? How many arts partners work in schools? And how do grantmakers know if they are meeting their goals if there is no reliable information about the landscape they work in? Chicago has launched an initiative that provides detailed information on arts education in the nation’s third largest school district. We will describe the collaboration that built the Creative School Data Initiative and the first State of Arts Education in Chicago report and how new information is used to support decision making for both schools and funders.