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Thursday, October 17 • 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Chicago Off-Site Session: Arts Education

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For more than a generation, tireless education, cultural, and philanthropic leaders have been working to reinstate arts education in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the country’s third-largest school district. Following a concerted collective impact effort from hundreds of participants, in 2011 Ingenuity was created as Chicago’s first city-wide organization committed to coordinating information and resources toward the common goal of improving and expanding arts education in CPS. Today, 150,000 more CPS students have consistent access to arts education than eight years ago.

Join us on a site visit to hear how Ingenuity has become a national model of collective impact, working in close partnership with supporters that include the Crown Family Philanthropies; and tour two of Chicago’s leading youth arts organizations both in and out-of-school: Marwen and Young Chicago Authors. Since 1987, Marwen has been educating and inspiring Chicago’s youth from under-resourced communities and schools through free visual arts programs. Their work has expanded to offering college and career programming, and their current executive director is an alumna both of Marwen and of a family foundation. Young Chicago Authors (YCA) cultivates the voices of young people through writing, publication, and performance education and will guide site visit participants through a brief writing workshop (no experience necessary). YCA is the home of the largest youth spoken word slam poetry festival in the world, Louder Than A Bomb, which has become a national model to educate and organize.

Designed by the 2019 National Forum Host Committee, this experience will offer Forum participants the chance to learn more about effective and ongoing philanthropic collaborations in Greater Chicago. These will be small group experiences - each limited to 25 participants.

For those attending the off-site visits at 2 pm, please sit towards the rear of the room during the concurrent plenary session (tables noted with reserved signs) to exit early. Thank you!

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Demetrius Amparan

Donor Relations Manager, Young Chicago Authors
Through creative writing, Young Chicago Authors helps young people from all backgrounds to understand the importance of their own stories and those of others, so that they can pursue the path they choose and work to make their communities more just and equitable. Demetrius Amparan... Read More →
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Christina Herzog

Program Director - Education, Arts & Culture, Civic Affairs, Crown Family Philanthropies
Christina Herzog is the director of education programs at Crown Family Philanthropies (CFP). She leads CFP’s education funding strategy and investments, which aim to ensure all young people in Chicago have equitable access to a high-quality education that prepares them for post-secondary... Read More →
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Aurora Toshiko King

Director of Education, Marwen
Aurora Toshiko King recently joined Marwen as Director of Education. Prior to this role, she spent five years as the Director of Programs at Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, CA, where she worked to develop social-justice-focused creative youth development programs. Her work is rooted... Read More →
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Paul Sznewajs

Executive Director, Ingenuity
Ingenuity’s mission is to ensure that every CPS student, in every grade, in every school has access to the arts as part of a well-rounded education.Paul Sznewajs is the founding Executive Director of Ingenuity, which received the 2013 Chicago Innovation Award as one of the city’s most innovative companies. Paul has forged working partnerships and alliances with numerous city departments, the school district, and almost every major cultural institution in Chicago.With nearly two decades of senior leadership expe... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 2:00pm - 5:30pm CDT
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile 540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611