CAPE to Receive $67,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

 In The CAPE Blog

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $84 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2020.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $67,000 to Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education for our Collaboration Laboratory program. This is one of 1015 grants nationwide that the agency has approved in this category.

“These awards demonstrate the resilience of the arts in America, showcasing not only the creativity of their arts projects but the organizations’ agility in the face of a national health crisis,” said Mary Anne Carter, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “We celebrate organizations like Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education for providing opportunities for learning and engagement through the arts in these times.”

CAPE’s Executive Director, Amy Rasmussen, responded, “We’re honored to know that the NEA values CAPE’s ongoing, long-term work in Chicago Public Schools. Since 2004, more than 260 public school teachers and artists have completed CAPE’s Collaboration Laboratory program, and in the coming year, the Art Works grant will inspire another 40 teachers and teaching artists to develop new, creative teaching strategies to engage their students through the arts.”

CAPE’s Collaboration Laboratory is a two-year introductory program that partners professional teaching artists with 20 classroom teachers at 10 Chicago Public Schools. Together, the partners explore and experiment with different ways to help their students learn academic content through visual, performing, and digital arts.  By the end of each program cycle, more than 1200 public school students will have new skills for building, navigating, and expressing their knowledge and curiosity across subjects.

For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit

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