Charles staley is leading an effort in naperville and aurora that champions arts in education in an era buzzing about 21st century skill-building. his vehicle is artspeaks, a group he founded in 2011 that sponsors speaking events in a kind of ted talks format. "what we've sort of been lacking in is evidence and compelling stories that give credence to the idea that the arts have utilitarian value," staley said.
If you goWhat: ARTSpeaks presentation featuring Hofstra University professor Peter Boonshaft
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5
Where: Neuqua Valley High School, 2360 95th St., Naperville