Frequently Asked Questions
The Arts & Education Exchange is a website where educators and arts providers can easily search for and connect with each other.
Once an educator registers and creates a profile for the Arts & Education Exchange, he can find programs that arts providers are already offering by searching by keyword, grade level, discipline, subject, and other criteria. If he has his own project idea, he can add a project request to his profile. Project requests are the only way arts providers can search for and find educators on the site. Educators can also access the Forum for discussion posts by other educators and arts providers as well as the best arts education resources cherry-picked by Arts Alliance Illinois.
Once an arts provider registers and creates a profile for the Arts & Education Exchange, she can promote her programming and search for new educators to collaborate with. She can add programs to her profile so educators can see what she already has to offer. She can also search for project requests that educators have posted (think of them like RFPs) by searching by keyword, grade level, discipline, subject, and other criteria. Arts providers can also access the Forum for discussion posts by other providers and educators as well as the best arts education resources cherry-picked by Arts Alliance Illinois.
Arts Alliance Illinois considers educators to be classroom teachers (both general classroom and arts teachers) as well as school administrators like principals and superintendents. Parents who are active in a school’s PTA may also register as an educator in order to search for arts programming for their children’s school or post a project request conceived of by their association.
For the purposes of the Arts & Education Exchange, you should register as an educator. This will let you search and post project requests for outside arts provider programming that can complement what you are teaching in the classroom.
A profile could represent an individual educator and his specific project requests, or a profile could represent an entire school and all of its project requests. Ultimately it is up to each user to decide which to do. Remember, though, that each profile is tied to a single email address and password.
To ensure your arts programming turns up in searches, arts providers should add programs to their profile and include relevant keywords in the description, including your name, organization, and discipline. Teaching artists may want to include examples of residencies or projects they offer.
Yes, the Arts & Education Exchange welcomes educators and arts providers from all communities in Illinois.
Yes, the Arts & Education Exchange is open to all arts providers and educators in Illinois.
Yes. Organizations such as libraries, museums, or social service agencies can register, create profiles, and search on the Arts & Education Exchange. Whether you sign up as an educator or arts provider depends on your objectives on the Exchange. If you want to promote programming already happening at your agency to schools, you should register as an arts provider. If you want to identify new artists and arts organizations to work with to expand your arts programming, you should register as an educator.
We recommend certified art teachers who are not affiliated with a school to register as arts providers. This way, you may search Educator Project Requests and find teaching opportunities in your area. Remember to add programs to your profile to describe your practice in greater detail.
Currently, the Arts & Education Exchange does not provide funding for arts collaborations. However, you may find a wide variety of arts funding resources on the Forum. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @ArtsEdX to get updates on important grant deadlines as well.
Arts Alliance Illinois is proud to partner with Ingenuity Incorporated on the launch of ArtLook, an online mapping system that allows users to search Chicago Public Schools for arts programming. Users can identify on a school-by-school basis the certified arts teachers and community arts partners at each school. Data from the Arts & Education Exchange feeds into ArtLook to keep it current and up-to-date.
The objective of the Arts & Education Exchange is to facilitate more and better collaborations between educators and arts providers. As such, the first phase of development has focused on making it easy for users to connect with arts programming opportunities. The Exchange is a living, dynamic project, though; community feedback and need will guide future development of the site. Users are encouraged to share their ideas with Arts Alliance Illinois.
There are 3 ways to remove programs. (1) Edit the program and replace it with a new program offering. You can do this yourself. (2) Unpublish the program. This removes the program from your public profile and search results while saving it for future use. (3) Delete the program permanently. To unpublish or delete a program, contact
Eva Silverman, Associate Director, Arts Alliance Illinois