Ingenuity Incorporated Chicago

The Thinking Behind Arts Learning

aka Ingenuity   |   Chicago, IL   |  www.ingenuity-inc.org

Mission

Ingenuity was founded in 2011 to increase arts education access, quality and equity in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Ingenuity's mission is to ensure that every child, in every grade, in every CPS school has access to the arts as part of a well-rounded education. Through our integrated program strategies of data and research, professional learning, advocacy and grant-making, Ingenuity is transforming the ways in which CPS students experience and benefit from the arts in their lives: today, 75,000 more CPS students have access to quality arts education than seven years ago; and 57% of schools offer robust arts programming, impacting 65% of the CPS student population.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Nicole Upton

Main address

440 N. Wells St. Suite 505

Chicago, IL 60654 USA

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EIN

61-1652413

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

Management & Technical Assistance (A02)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Research confirms the importance of the arts in developing students who are creative problem-solvers and critical thinkers. Numerous studies indicate the arts' positive impact not only on student test scores, but also a child's overall motivation, communication skills, and critical-thinking abilities. Despite this solid evidence, the arts are not regularly available to the children who would most benefit. Nationally, minority students are 50% less likely to have access to arts education. Even more startling are recent Ingenuity data which show that CPS schools with little to no arts access have student populations that are 75% African American, versus arts-rich schools which have student populations that are 29% African American. In our world-class, culturally-rich city of Chicago, not all 340,000 CPS students have reliable or consistent access to arts education.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Data and Research

Data remain at Ingenuity’s core, informing, prioritizing and fueling our organizational strategies to target resources to Chicago’s most under-served communities. Through analyses of data trends and feedback from teachers, principals, schools and arts partners, Ingenuity responds to a constantly changing environment and the evolving needs of the arts education sector. Ingenuity’s data collection and dissemination efforts for arts education are unprecedented in Chicago, helping to level the playing field by providing invaluable information about arts access across the city.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Ingenuity provides a comprehensive array of 30+ professional learning and technical assistance opportunities every year to propel high-quality arts education in schools and maximize impact on students. These experiences are designed to meet the needs of a variety of audiences, including school teachers and principals, smaller-capacity organizations, individual teaching artists and major cultural institutions. In combination, these opportunities help arts partners to distribute their programs more efficiently and equitably across CPS, and increase the sector’s capacity for improving student learning in and through the arts.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Ingenuity is the primary source, disseminator, and conduit of arts education-related information within Chicago’s diverse arts and education network. Ingenuity advocates for stronger arts policies at local, state and federal levels to ensure that the arts are available to all students across the educational continuum, with a particular focus on Chicago, and on all state and federal policies which impact CPS schools and students

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Ingenuity is home to the Creative Schools Fund, which pools resources from private donors, and provides grants directly to CPS schools to expand arts programming. The Fund seeks to: (1) increase the time and resources that schools dedicate to the arts; (2) help schools increase arts access to all students in every grade; (3) expand the number of art forms to which K-12 students are exposed; and (4) improve the coordination of partnerships between schools and Chicago’s vibrant arts and culture community.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Game Changer Award 2013

The Boeing Company

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Percentage of CPS schools offering robust, impactful arts education programs to students

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Data and Research

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric reflects the percentage of schools rated as Strong or Excelling in the arts based on their overall arts staffing, infrastructure and access on the Creative Schools Certification scale.

Percentage of CPS schools that have at least one full-time arts instructor to every 600 students

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Data and Research

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of CPS elementary schools that offer at least 90 minutes of weekly arts instruction

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Data and Research

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Across the District, this metric continues to be the most challenging to shift. Ingenuity continues to partner with CPS to develop strategies to help principals schedule the arts in the school day.

Percentage of CPS schools prioritizing the arts by providing data on their arts education infrastructure, staffing and programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Data and Research

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric reflects a high level of participation from CPS schools in providing arts education data to Ingenuity for District-wide analyses.

Number of arts educators - principals, teachers and teaching artists - participating in Ingenuity's free professional learning opportunities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Partnerships and Professional Learning

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This exponential growth from 2017 to 2018 reflects the sector's growing recognition and consumption of Ingenuity's professional learning opportunities.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Ingenuity's mission is to ensure that every child, in every grade, in every CPS school has access to the arts as part of a well-rounded education.

As the backbone agency serving Chicago's arts sector, Ingenuity provides city-wide leadership, advocacy, strategy and coordination to institutionalize the arts in CPS, transform Chicago's schools for the future, and prepare our children to be tomorrow's leaders and innovators.

Ingenuity's organizational goals include:
(1) Partner with CPS and the arts education sector to drive arts progress for all CPS students;
(2) Support growth in arts infrastructure, staffing and access by collecting, analyzing and disseminating arts education data;
(3) Provide arts educators with the skills, knowledge and resources to support high-quality arts programs; and
(4) Improve the distribution and alignment of arts partners across CPS, with a focus on high-needs students and schools.

DATA: Ingenuity collects data that offer insights, public accountability, and growth metrics on arts education access. We also collect data from arts organizations on their programs in CPS schools. We disseminate these data through our online artlook data-mapping platform, and annual publications.

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING: Ingenuity provides extensive professional learning opportunities to elevate the skills and knowledge of arts educators in delivering high-quality programs. These opportunities are provided free or at nominal charge to participants.

ADVOCACY: Ingenuity advocates for stronger arts policies and systems by educating public officials and grassroots supporters on the importance of the arts.

DIRECT INVESTMENTS IN ARTS PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS: Ingenuity provides grants directly to CPS schools to expand arts programming. These grants allow teachers to design and implement innovative arts projects that they would otherwise be unable to bring to their students.

Ingenuity is Chicago's first city-wide organization committed to coordinating information and resources between CPS administration, arts organizations, principals, teachers, parents and students toward the common goal of improving and expanding CPS arts education. Ingenuity's efforts to improve Chicago's arts education environment have been critical to reduce inequities for thousands of students who would otherwise go without opportunities to benefit from the arts in their lives.

Ingenuity has a strong track record of community service, program effectiveness, fiscal efficiency, and experienced leadership. We employ 12 full-time staff, two consultants, and are guided by a 17-member Board of Directors of dedicated civic, corporate and philanthropic leaders.

All of our program areas are community driven, and are informed by our collective impact panels, comprising community representatives. These panels help us prioritize and design initiatives that are responsive to the sector's needs.

Over the past ten years, Ingenuity's leadership has helped drive the most progress in arts education in CPS in nearly four decades. Recent data reflect:
- 95% of all CPS schools are providing arts education data to Ingenuity.
- 57% of CPS schools are rated as strong or excelling in the arts; these schools enroll 65% of the CPS student population.
- 69% of schools are meeting the recommended ratio of at least one full-time arts instructor for every 350 students.
- 53% of elementary schools are offering at least two hours of weekly arts instruction, up from 40% three years prior.
- Despite challenging fiscal times, CPS leadership and school principals have significantly increased their investment in the arts by 33% - representing an additional $34 million annually being directed to arts education.
- Today, a connected community of more than 500 external arts organizations - including large cultural institutions, community-based organizations and independent teaching artists - are realizing increased efficiencies and effectiveness through Ingenuity's tools and resources.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Ingenuity Incorporated Chicago

Board of directors
as of 3/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Project Consultant

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Civic Leader

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/10/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/15/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.