Partners in the Field

To fuel our work Snow City Arts taps into a national community of like minded organizations in the arts and culture, arts education, and arts and health fields.

Having developed a reputation for strategically effective, long-term collaboration with our partners, Snow City Arts acts as a conduit to bring the power of these institutions to the bedsides of children in hospitals.

Arts & Business Council of Chicago

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC)’s mission is to help strengthen non-profit arts organizations. A&BC does this by building working relationships between arts organizations and highly-qualified business professionals, providing training in all aspects of management and board function, and conducting research in leading and emerging issues related to the world of arts nonprofits. A&BC’s Business Volunteers for the Arts (BVAs) have supported Snow City Arts’ work on a custom database designed to evaluate student data related to arts education in the hospital.

Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Public Schools is the third largest school district in the United States. One of the top priorities in the Chicago Public Schools is to provide unique learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.

To accomplish that goal, Snow City Arts helps CPS accomplish this by tracking our work with patients against state learning standards, and sharing it with CPS to get children classroom credit for work accomplished in the hospital.  CPS has even created a special Snow City Arts Course which allows chronically ill children to take our “class” and follow a specialize curriculum in the hospital setting that allows them to keep up in school.

With a goal to continually launch new programs and initiatives to improve education for CPS students, parents, teachers, partners and the community, the CPS partners with Snow City Arts to help bridge the gap between school and hospitalization.

Columbia College Chicago

One of Chicago’s leading cultural institutions for more than 100 years, and the country’s largest Arts and Media college with more than 11,000 students and 1,100 faculty members, Columbia College has opened its doors to the children of Snow City Arts. Through their Community Schools Program our children now have access to countless departments and resources throughout the university. Our young people are able to meet and work with faculty and students on original projects, attend Columbia’s High School Summer Institute, and even qualify for scholarships to the university.

Enrich Chicago

Enrich Chicago is a collaborative of 30 Chicagoland arts and philanthropic organizations (“the cohort”) committed to ending racism and systemic oppression in the arts sector. Our efforts form a critical lever to ensuring equity of access and prosperity for ALAANA (African, Latino, Asian, Arab, Native American) artists and organizations. Through three programmatic initiatives, Enrich aims to advance our collective vision of a flourishing, sustainable, and equitable arts sector and drive systems-level change. The work of the cohort focuses on three areas: Providing anti-racism learning and capacity-building to advance institutional change and significantly improve racial equity in Chicago’s arts sector; Increasing leadership opportunities for ALAANA arts administrators; Increasing equitable access to resources and funding opportunities and for ALAANA arts organizations.

Ingenuity Inc.

Ingenuity’s mission is to leverage the vibrant communities, rich knowledge and significant resources of Chicago to ensure the arts are a critical component of every public school student’s education. Snow City Arts works in partnership with Ingeunity to collect and analyze student arts learning data.

National Guild for Community Arts Education

The mission of the Guild is to ensure all people have opportunities to maximize their creative potential. They accomplish this by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and advocating for community arts education. Through these actions, the Guild aims to address our country’s widening opportunity gap. The status quo is leaving millions of individuals with little or no access to the creative resources they need to reach their full potential.

National Organization for Arts in Health

As the National Organization for Arts in Health, NOAH provides transformational leadership to bring the field of arts in health together, and to move the field forward. Their focus is on the future of arts, health, and wellbeing; and creating tangible impact from their goals and initiatives.  We know through research and experience that the arts are an integral component to health, and they are committed to shaping a reality where that fact is accepted fully, and incorporated into medical treatment, medical education, prevention, and public health and wellbeing.