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 2016-17.
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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 2016-17.

Stories and Updates

Chicago’s Year of Creative Youth

Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have designated 2018 as the Year of Creative Youth – a citywide celebration of Chicago’s young artists...

 Upcoming Events

september

22sep11:00 am- 7:00 pmYAS! Fest at Millennium Park

october

4oct5:30 pm- 6:30 pmOdes and Tattoos: Gallery Talk

11oct5:30 pm- 6:30 pmOdes and Tattoos: Gallery Talk

november

No Events

december

1dec1:00 pm- 3:00 pmOdes and Tattoos: Hands-On Tattoo Workshop

january

No Events

february

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