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. CPS Lives is an arts organization that facilitates a voice and a vision with a wide range of public school students, their families, teachers, administrators and artists by showing what makes each school unique. By capturing present experiences and personal perspectives, this project shows the power of public education in Chicago.

CPSLives pairs some of Chicago's top artists with Chicago Public Schools for one academic year. The collaboration will provide a unique arts education for students. The stories are showcased on the website, and will be exhibited  and celebrated throughout the city of Chicago. CPSLives website is a living archive for all projects, and accessible for researchers, educators, administrators, policymakers, students, families, and the general public. CPSLives produces artwork that provides a unique window in to 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".