Get to Know Our Staff: Amy Rasmussen

We’re excited to bring you a Get to Know Our Staff blog series where you will have a chance to meet the team behind CAPE. First up is our Executive Director extraordinaire! Follow us on [...]


Artists of Color and Social Movements at Dyett High School

Honoring Black History Month, we are sharing a very special project that was led by performance artist Teju Adesida, CPS teacher Talisa English-Harris, and ACRE artist Zach Nicol. This past [...]


Valentine’s Day Workshop at New Sullivan Elementary

It’s hard to imagine what a classroom environment used to be like pre-covid, but last year teacher Jacki Limon and teaching artist Shenequa Brooks invited families to attend a Valentine’s [...]


ACT NOW FY21 SEL Webinar Series: Responsible Decision Making

                    On February 4, 2021, ACT Now (Afterschool for children and teens) hosted the second Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) webinar [...]


Molecular Models at Murphy Elementary

Last year, before schools closed their doors and moved classes online, teacher Michele Sera and teaching artist Gina Lee Robbins began working with their 5th-grade students to explore scale, [...]


Ice Cream Inspiration

When teacher Leticia Pineda, teaching artist and musician Jordan Knecht, and ACRE Guest Artist Marcellus Armstrong began collaborating, they all wanted to involve family members in a holistic [...]


Christmas Vibes from Telpochcalli

Here’s a little soundtrack for your Christmas holiday! This Christmas track was created by students in 3-6th grade at Telpochcalli Elementary, as part of their After School program project [...]


Youth Music Exchange #2: Old Town School of Folk Music and Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra

As part of the second Youth Music Exchange event, a DCASE initiative for the Year of Chicago Music curated by CAPE, classes from the Old Town School of Folk Music (OTS) and Chicago Youth Symphony [...]


Remote Cooking Club at North-Grand High School

This summer at North-Grand High School, teachers Beth Barrow and Getsemani Nava partnered with CAPE teaching artist Betsy Zacsek and ACRE Resident Artist Sarita Hernandez to launch a virtual [...]


“If the Coronavirus Was A Person I Would Beat It Up” Or, Meditations on the Loss of Co-Presence in Learning

The following is a beautiful essay by Sonja Moser, a CAPE teaching artist and professional theatre artist. In writing, Sonia reflects on her CAPE After School classroom at Waters Elementary; the [...]