Where Arts, Academics, and Inquiry Intersect

ArtsXChange is an innovative professional development initiative created by the Auditorium Theatre in partnership with the Academy for Urban School Leadership. Designed to provide educators with the tools necessary to build meaningful arts learning experiences with students for years to come, ArtsXChange pairs a classroom teacher with a Teaching Artist Mentor for an entire school year to enhance teacher practice in creating meaningful and engaging arts based learning experiences in alignment with core curriculum.

Join the ArtsXChange Community Today!


The 2016/17 ArtsXChange Cohort is underway. We invite interested teachers to join us for next year’s program! Applications will be made available in April 2017.

For more information about how to become a part of the ArtsXChange Program, contact Kristen Smiley Hansel at 312.341.2359 or

Key components of the program are:

  • A dedicated Teaching Artist Mentor (TAM) in your classroom
  • Collaboration of teaching teams within schools
  • School Residencies centered around a specific performance
  • Professional Discourse and Reflection on Arts Teaching Best Practices

ArtsXChange is made in possible in part through the generosity of the Polk Bros Foundation.


The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust is the generous sponsor of ArtsXChange.