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 3,500 Chicago Public Schools students.
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More than 80 Chicago Public Schools participated in CAPE programs in 2015-16.
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More than 200 classroom teachers are currently receiving training and support from CAPE.
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Our teachers and artists spent more than 11,000 hours learning, planning, and teaching together in 2015-16.

Come Visit Us!

The best way to learn about our work is to join us for a casual, one-hour info session that we call the CAPE Field Trip. You’ll tour our office, learn about our impact on students, teachers, and communities, and meet some of our staff members and partners.

Stories and Updates

Reflecting on Convergence

Convergence is our annual exhibition of student arts and learning, and it's on right now!  Click here for more details about the exhibition. This year's exhibition is particularly special, as...

Our new partnership with BAMM!

Today we are kicking off a unique public-private partnership with BAMM!, the next-generation travel and meeting management platform, to drive giving for CAPE’s programs. Using BAMM!’s unique web, iOS...

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