Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education engages students, inspires teachers, and demonstrates impact by weaving visual, digital, and performing arts into classrooms across Chicago.

What Sets CAPE Apart

Our unique approach to engaging students, inspiring teachers, and demonstrating impact relies on three strategies: Partnerships, Arts Integration, and Research.

Partnerships

Partnerships

To bring traditional subjects to life through the arts, we pair professional teaching artists with Chicago Public Schools teachers for long-term classroom partnerships and training.

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Arts Integration

Arts Integration

To spark students’ passion for learning, we weave visual and digital art, music, theater, and dance into traditional subjects like science, math, history, and language arts.

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Research

Research

CAPE works with external researchers to determine the impact of our programs on students, teachers, and artists. This helps us refine our own work and that of our teaching teams and contribute new knowledge to the field

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Partnerships in Education

Partnerships

To bring traditional subjects to life through the arts, we pair professional teaching artists with Chicago Public Schools teachers for long-term classroom partnerships and training.

Arts Integration

Arts Integration

To spark students’ passion for learning, we weave visual and digital art, music, theater, and dance into traditional subjects like science, math, history, and language arts.

Arts Education Research

Research

CAPE works with external researchers to determine the impact of our programs on students, teachers, and artists. This helps us refine our own work and that of our teaching teams and contribute new knowledge to the field.

CAPE’s Impact

Research has shown that CAPE’s programs improve students’ critical thinking, creative problem solving, and self confidence, and leads to higher achievement in the classroom and on standardized tests.

CAPE by the Numbers

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Each year, CAPE’s programs reach more than 3,750 Chicago-area students.
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Nearly 60 Chicago-area participated in CAPE programs in 2017-18.
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More than 100 classroom teachers are currently receiving training and support from CAPE.
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Our teachers and artists spent more than 8,100 hours learning, planning, and teaching together in 2017-18.

Stories and Updates

Building Walls to Build Community

At Goudy Elementary, in Uptown, 75 first-grade students have been working with Engineering Lab teacher Patty Whitehouse and CAPE Teaching Artist Margy Stover to design walls that bring people...

$2.3 Million Grant to STEAM Ahead

CAPE was recently awarded $2.3 million by the U.S. Department of Education, in the form of an Assistance for Arts Education Development and Dissemination (AAEDD) grant for CAPE's STEAM...

INSIDE/OUTSIDE in Review

Last week we welcomed more than 150 visitors to our INSIDE/OUTSIDE exhibition, which featured art from CAPE After School classrooms at North-Grand and George Washington High Schools and Telpochcalli...

 Upcoming Events

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may

23may5:00 pm- 8:00 pmOpening Reception at ConvergenceAn Exhibition of Art and Learning

june

1jun9:00 am- 5:00 pmSymposium at Convergence

july

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