Introducing the CPS Arts Student Voice Committee!
Our first-ever Arts Student Voice Committee is a diverse group of CPS high school students who work with the Department of Arts Education (DAE) team to discuss, create, and execute strategies for improving arts education in CPS. Led by Manager of Student Programs Melisa Rutkelis, these students have made the commitment to meet bi-weekly (after a full school day!) to discuss issues they are passionate about and create actionable strategies for addressing them. Committee members also spoke to over 200 arts teachers at our first Arts Intensive in August, and have even participated in DAE strategic planning meetings!
To support the DAE Strategic Plan, the students built several surveys to capture feedback and ideas about the DAE's districtwide student arts programming so that we can make impactful changes informed by students, teachers, and parents.
The committee would be grateful if you would take a moment to complete these quick surveys about our All-City Visual Arts program and our Advanced Arts program. Whether you've participated in these programs or not, we want to hear from you!
You can share these surveys with students, families, and others in your school community by sharing this newsletter! Thank you!
Student Voice Committee members from left to right: Fabrizio Coss, Daisy Salto, Skye Wang, Violet Barton, Joanna Soltys, Ethan Tam, and Tarik Brown. Not pictured: Fiona Fryman and Darwin Mizhquiri.
We are continually impressed by these students and their intelligence, candor, and heart. Thank you, students!
2019 CPS Advanced Arts Winter Showcase
Congratulations to our talented Advanced Arts Program students who performed, created culinary masterpieces, and exhibited their artwork at the Advanced Arts Winter Showcase on December 12, 2019 at Gallery 37!
WBEZ's StoryCorps Features Participants from Sullivan High School
We're pleased to share this special story featured on WBEZ's StoryCorps Chicago webpage about Sullivan High School Digital Media Arts teacher Samantha Spencer and her former student Fildaus Umutoniwase.
In 2017, Fildaus Umutoniwase moved from Uganda to Rogers Park. She wrote poetry for herself but talked to almost no one. At Sullivan High School, she met Samantha Spencer, a teacher who helps run the poetry club. At the StoryCorps booth, Fildaus — who is now a freshman at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — talked with her former teacher about the process of growing comfortable.