We have enjoyed getting to know our arts colleagues at the other LMAIS schools, and in the spirit of supporting one another in our work, we’re offering a yearly professional development experience for all LMAIS arts teachers. Please join us at The Chicago Academy for the Arts for Arts Educators Day, Tuesday, October 9, 10:00 – 1:30.

The event will include:

  • Keynote address and special guest speaker Howard Reich, arts critic and jazz music critic for the Chicago Tribune

  • 2-3 workshops arts teachers can attend

  • Roundtable discussions with affinity groups for Visual Arts, Music, Theatre, and Media Arts.

  • Breakfast treats and lunch

It’s free, but you need to RSVP below. Our space is limited, so RSVP early!

Heads of School: please consider releasing your arts teachers for that morning. We encourage attendees to stay after 1:30 to sit in on arts classes and rehearsals during the afternoon.


  Visual Arts Department Chair Margy Stover

Visual Arts Department Chair Margy Stover

  Musical Theatre Department Chair Andy Robinson

Musical Theatre Department Chair Andy Robinson

The Chicago Academy for the Arts

  • 135-student co-curricular arts/academic high school in River West

  • Six arts disciplines

  • Alums are world-class artists, working arts professionals, and also scientists, entrepreneurs, attorneys, and more.

  • Faculty are relevant arts professionals with a deep passion for teaching.

Click here for directions.


About Howard Reich

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Howard Reich has covered the arts for the Tribune since 1978 and joined the staff in 1983. He has written five books: "Portraits in Jazz," "Let Freedom Swing," "Jelly’s Blues" (with William Gaines), "Van Cliburn" and "Prisoner of Her Past" (originally published as "The First and Final Nightmare of Sonia Reich"). The latter inspired the PBS documentary film "Prisoner of Her Past," which Reich wrote, narrated and co-produced. He has served on the jury for the Pulitzer Prize in Music four times, including the first time a jazz work won: Wynton Marsalis’ "Blood on the Fields." Reich has won an Emmy Award; two Deems Taylor Awards from ASCAP; Alumni Merit Award from Northwestern University; Bravo Award from Dominican University; Anne Keegan Award and eight Peter Lisagor Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists; and an Excellence in Journalism Award from the Chicago Association of Black Journalists. The Chicago Journalists Association named him Chicago Journalist of the Year in 2011 and has given him three Sarah Brown Boyden Awards.

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