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MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015

Featuring Bill Strickland and Evan Plummer
Moderated by Alison Cuddy
Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theater
6:30–8:00 p.m.

Join Bill Strickland, MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” Award winner and CEO of Manchester Bidwell in conversation with Evan Plummer, CPS Director of Arts Education. Mr. Strickland believes that everyone has the power to accomplish the impossible in our lives if given the right inspiration and motivation, and he is planning to replicate his education model of arts education for youth and career training for adults in Chicago. (Watch Mr. Strickland’s TED Talk.) Mr. Plummer is a leader in the arts education movement afoot in Chicago. He was part of the core team gathering citywide community input from educators, families and artistic organizations as CPS Department of Arts Education developed Chicago’s groundbreaking Arts Plan—designed to bring the arts to every child in every Chicago Public School. Together, Mr. Strickland and Mr. Plummer will discuss: How can the arts manifest hope for a better future for our students and a stronger community for all of Chicago?

Presented by: The Golden Apple Foundation, National Louis University and Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

bill stricklandBill Strickland is a community leader, author, and the President and CEO of the non-profit Manchester Bidwell Corporation based in Pittsburgh. The company's subsidiaries, the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild and Bidwell Training Center, work with disadvantaged and at-risk youth through involvement with the arts and provides job training for adults, respectively. Strickland is a winner of a MacArthur "Genius" Award and the 2011 Goi Peace Award.


Evan PlummerEvan Plummer is the Director of Arts Education at The CPS Department of Arts Education where he provides leadership in strategy, implementation, and monitoring of the vision and standards for CPS Arts Education as described by the Department and the CPS Arts Education Plan. Evan’s art emphases are new media and genres and inter-disciplinary studio practices.



Alison Cuddy joined the Chicago Humanities Festival staff as Associate Artistic Director in May 2014. Before coming to the Festival, she spent more than ten years at WBEZ 91.5 FM, the NPR affiliate in Chicago. There she helped launched “Odyssey,” a nationally syndicated talk show of arts and ideas, hosted the morning newsmagazine Eight Forty-Eight and reported on arts and culture. Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Cuddy moved to Chicago in 1999. She holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Studies from Concordia University, Montreal. She is on the advisory board of the Chicago Film Archive and The Moth, and currently hosts Strange Brews, a podcast about the culture and community around craft beer.



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