Please join us at Convergence, our annual exhibition of arts and learning! Explore visual, digital, and performing arts created by Chicago Public Schools students, participate in a brown-bag lunch panel discussion, and celebrate with us at the closing reception. The participating schools, part of CAPE’s distinguished Artist/Researcher Partnerships Program, are among our oldest partners and are at the forefront of innovation, research, and curriculum design in arts education.

Please RSVP below and be entered in a drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift Card during the June 5 reception(must be present to win). And if you’d like to make a gift to support CAPE’s work in advance of the exhibition, please click here.

June 1, 5pm to 8pm

This event is free and open to the public and will include refreshments and the opportunity to meet some of the students, teachers, and teaching artists whose work is on display. This year’s event will highlight the CAPE Artist/Researcher, a conception of the collective identity of our students, teachers, and teaching artists, that has been central to conversations at CAPE professional development sessions and community meetings for the past several years.

May 25, 11:30am to 1pm

This brown-bag lunch event is free and open to the public. Joining the panel to speak on curation and exhibition of student work are Hannah Barco, performance artist and Assistant Director of Exhibitions, Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Ray Kang, PhD student in the Learning Sciences Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago with an MA in Social Sciences and Lead Researcher for CAPE’s Artist/Researcher Partners program; and John Neff, artist and curator, CAPE Artist/Researcher, and lecturer at several local colleges and universities.  Moderating the panel will be CAPE Program Manager Mark Diaz.

The Great Space at UIC

400 S Peoria, 5th Floor, Chicago, 60607


CTA Trains:
-Take the Blue Line to the “UIC-Halsted” station. The gallery is directly accessible from Van Buren Street via Halsted or Morgan Streets.

CTA Buses:
– From the north or south, take the #8 Halsted bus to the Halsted and Van Buren stop. Walk two blocks west to Peoria Street;

– From the Loop take the #126 Jackson bus west to the Van Buren and Peoria stop.

– UIC Parking Lot 9 is located south of the gallery at 501 South Morgan Street. To reach the gallery, cross the CTA bridge over the freeway at Peoria Street and walk 1/2 block north. Weekday and weekend rates can be viewed here.

– Street parking in the neighborhood is available but limited.

This year’s Convergence exhibition features new works by students, teachers, and teaching artists from

Boone Elementary, Camras Elementary, Daley Elementary, Durkin Park Elementary, Goudy Elementary, Haley Elementary, Hamilton Elementary, Henry Elementary, Lindblom Math and Science Academy, New Sullivan Elementary, North-Grand High School, Ravenswood Elementary, Ray Graham High School, Telpochcalli Elementary, Vaughn High School, George Washington High School, Williams Preparatory School of Medicine

Many thanks to our sponsors for Convergence 2017

Partnership Sponsor:

Meemic - Convergence 2017 Sponsor

Friendship Sponsors:

Chicago Tribune - Convergence 2017 Sponsor

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Dawn Bowen Bolles
CAPE Board Member

Additional thanks to the Polk Bros. Foundation, Boeing, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency, for their support of CAPE and our Artist/Researcher Partnerships Program!

Thanks to these organizations, we are able to bring our teaching artists, training, mentorship, and materials to all of our A/RP classrooms at no cost to their schools or any of the participants.

Interested in sponsorship opportunities for this or future events?
Call CAPE at (312) 870-6140, or email Kelly Nespor at .