CPS Lives is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization that pairs Chicago artists, designers, thinkers and makers 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 throughout the city in local Chicago Public Library branches and other exhibition spaces, as well as existing on the CPS Lives social media and website as an accessible digital archive of public school history for students, families, community members, educators, administrators, policymakers & the general public.

The Chicago Public School system is the nations third largest school district, serving over 400,000 students in more than 660 schools. The sheer scale and complexity of the Chicago Public School system renders it opaque to the general public, where stories of its successes and resilience remain untold. This project shows the power of public education in Chicago. Our artists produce artwork that provide a unique window into the Chicago Public School system, generating support and reinforcing belief in the Chicago Public School mission “to provide a high quality public education for every child in every neighborhood”.


Suzette Bross

Founder & Executive Director


Kendall Hill

Co Artistic Director


Sophia Guadalupe Padgett Pérez

Co Artistic Director


Board of Directors

Molly Kelly


Asset Management

Michael T. Noonan


Cheri Hubbard


Rhonda Brown

Jenn Dixon

Kelly Costello

Yumi Ross

Ross Architecture Inc.

Marielle Lifshitz

Cyraina Johnson-Roullier

Associate Professor of English, University of Notre Dame

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

Karen Krehbiel

Attorney, Berger Schatz

Carrie Lannon

Communications and Brand Strategist

Caroline Older

Executive Director, Chicago Artists Coalition

Lori Smedley

Executive Director, Foundation and Corporate Relations

Leslie Thomas

Executive and Creative Director, ARTWORKS Projects

Gary Schechner

Marketing Consultant

Jan Tichy

Professor in Photography, School of The Art Institute

Jay Wolke

Professor in Photography, Columbia University