Chicago has a long history of being an incubator for various industries: manufacturing, theater, architecture, music, science, literature. As a classic urban center, this city has provided opportunities and support for an array of industries. Now, as we enter the 21st century, this library of industrial and creative venues is transforming into a new range of digital industries. Providing educational resources to help develop an educated society is not a new issue, but one that changes and develops as the urban environment transforms itself. Public schools are key. If a city is to continue to develop and prosper, it must provide superior public services including schools and libraries.

Founded in 2018 by Chicago photographer, Suzette Bross, CPS Lives is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization that pairs Chicago artists, designers, creatives, thinkers, makers, and educators with a Chicago Public School during the academic year to collaborate on a project, sharing the unique and individual story of each Chicago Public School. Each story will be celebrated and exhibited through local Chicago Public Library branches, as well as existing on the CPS Lives website as an accessible digital archive of history for students, families, community members, educators, administrators, policymakers, and the general public.


Suzette Bross

Founder & Executive Director

Kendall Hill

Co Artistic Director

Sophia Guadalupe Padgett Pérez

Co Artistic Director

Board of Directors

Molly Kelly

Yumi Ross

Ross Architecture Inc.

Rhonda Brown

Cheri Hubbard

Jenn Dixon

Mike Noonan

Marielle Lifshitz

Advisory Board

Susan Aaron

CPS Alumni & Non-Profit

Teri Boyd

Chicago Sinfonietta Community Outreach Coordinator

Nora Daley

Non-profit Policy

Tricia Van Eck

Artistic Director, 6018 North

Catherine Edelman

Owner, Catherine Edelman Gallery

Terry Evans


Vikki Hood

Partner, Kirkland & Ellis

Cyraina Johnson-Roullier

Associate Professor of English, University of Notre Dame

Molly Kelly

Asset Management

Karen Krehbiel

Attorney, Berger Schatz

Carrie Lannon

Communications and Brand Strategist

Caroline Older

Executive Director, Chicago Artists Coalition

Yumi Ross

Architect, Ross Architecture Inc.

Lori Smedley

Executive Director, Foundation and Corporate Relations

Leslie Thomas

Executive and Creative Director, ARTWORKS Projects

Gary Schechner

Marketing Consaltant