Arts & Education Exchange

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The Arts & Education Exchange was a project of Arts Alliance Illinois from October 2011 to August 2015. The Exchange was a free online service that connected educators with arts providers to give students an opportunity for expression and self-discovery through creative outlets. The Exchange served more than 500 educators and arts providers representing museums, visual arts, theater, teaching artists, music, dance, literature, digital artists, and more. The Exchange was available to educators and arts providers throughout Illinois. This project helped ensure that every Illinois student had access to a full range of arts programming, while meeting state standards. This service was the first-of-its-kind in Illinois.

Here are some examples from the project:

  • An African dance company collaborated with a high school history teacher to complement his unit about African cultures.
  • A visual art teacher found a teaching artist to work with to incorporate stop motion animation into her curriculum.
  • A principal learned about arts education funding sources for her school.
  • A musician learned how to evaluate the impact of his program that teaches students about Abraham Lincoln through song.

Arts Alliance Illinois continues its work to ensure every child receives a well-rounded education that includes the arts through its latest initiative "A Strategy for Education Excellence in Illinois: Improving Arts Education Access, Equity, and Quality." Learn more here about this exciting project and how you can get involved.


Funding for Arts & Education Exchange was provided by The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, and the Chicago Composers Forum.

Lead partners of the project included Arts Alliance Illinois, Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Illinois State Board of Education, Ingenuity, Chicago Public Schools, and a consortium of arts education stakeholders. Additional partners included the Art Institute of Chicago; Chicago Artists’ Coalition; Chicago Arts Educator Forum; Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education; Chicago Jazz Philharmonic; Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture; Columbia College Center for Community Arts Partnerships; Illinois Alliance for Arts Education; Illinois Arts Education Association; Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; Illinois Association of Museums; Illinois Association of School Administrators; Illinois Education Association; Illinois Federation of Teachers; Illinois Music Educators Association; Illinois Principals Association; Illinois Theatre Association; League of Chicago Theatres; and the Office of Lt. Governor Sheila Simon.