Perspective(s) 2023

 In Exhibitions, The CAPE Blog

Exhibition : Tues., April 11 through Wed., May 3
Gallery Hours Open to the Public: 11am to 5pm Tues. – Fri. or by appointment, contact Grace Philion,, 312-674-6932.

1010 W 35th St., Suite 697, Chicago, IL 60609

Take a Virtual Tour of the Exhibition!
View the Exhibition Booklet (English version) (Spanish Version)

English Version

Spanish Version

CAPE presents the first exhibition of its 2022-2023 After School partnerships, on display at its new 4,000 square foot gallery space in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. This unique CAPE Exhibition includes beautiful, engaging photographs, sculptures, audio recordings, and videos.  The exhibition also illustrates the collaborative approach of teachers and teaching artists in their work with students, featuring:

  • student artworks recently created at Chicago Public Schools, under the supervision and guidance of artist-teacher partnerships of CAPE
  • research about SCALE from our partners at Creativity Labs/University of California Irvine
  • artwork from 350 students and 43 teaching artist-teacher partnerships that work at 8 different schools in Chicago, as well as family and community members.

CAPE Events at the Exhibition:

CAPE Artists’ Conversation, Tues, April 11, 6-7:30pm
A small gathering of CAPE teaching artists from in-school and after-school programs

CAPE Family Celebration, Sat, April 15, 12-3pm
CAPE families were invited to celebrate the work and perform in the space. Refreshments provided. Students and families were provided buses from five locations across the city to attend.  ~225 attendees


Reception and Advocacy Event: Friday, April 21, 6-9pm Free, Open to the Public ~55 attendees
     Program 6pm, Watch Video. 
     Amy Rasmussen Executive Director, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education
     Susan Stanton, Network Lead, Afterschool for Children and Teens Now Coalition (ACT Now)
     Representative Lilian Jimenez, Illinois State House District 4
     Teju Adesida, Ass
ociate Director of Education for After School Programs
     Charles Bessett, Parent leader at New Sullivan Elementary School

Community Workshop Sat, April 22, 12-2pm Free, All ages. Open to the Public. Teaching Artists Jessica Mueller and Joseph Spilberg co-lead a collaborative book-making activity. In this workshop participants listened to a music playlist, and responded to it through art-making including writing, drawing, collage, and book binding. Community Classes from across the city attended via bus and own transportation. Workshop is free and open to the public, RSVP is required. Space is limited, please RSVP by Friday, April 14 via e-mail to or Noé, no walk-ins. ~45 attendees

Dyett High School of the Arts Field Trip Tues, May 2, 11-1pm
After school class from Dyett took part in a photography class in the gallery. ~45 attendees
Download Dyett H.S. Theme Song, recorded by Dyett Student in CAPE onsite school studio:

About the Exhibition:

Participating students have created their artworks with numerous artists and CPS teachers and non-teaching school staff at Ashe Elementary, Dyett High School for the Arts, George Washington High School, New Sullivan Elementary, North-Grand High School, Taylor Elementary, Telpochcalli Elementary, and Waters Elementary.

The program partners teaching artists with teachers to develop an original curriculum that supports project-based arts-integrated learning. As a laboratory for in-school learning, after-school students weave academic and social emotional learning with various art disciplines and teachers are able to experiment with academic content and pedagogical strategies.


This picture is from Urban Vision, work on display in Perspective(s) from Tony Smith and LaShawn photography class at Dyett High School. To create the work shown in Urban Vision, the teens incorporated elements of design and chiaroscuro lighting techniques to capture timeless and vibrant portraits of their friends and classmates in the historic Washington Park neighborhood.

This piece is a series of collages by students in Sonja Moser, Stephanie Escobedo, and Luila Mertinez Castillo’s class at Taylor Elementary School. This project was inspired from Ashley Bryan’s work, and the students mimicked the collage work in his books to depict their own ideal worlds.


This artwork is from Welcome to Monsters at Lunch, work from Shenequa Brooks and Leticia Pineda’s class, The Art Factory at New Sullivan Elementary School. You can see these monsters eating the students’ favorite foods in the exhibition!





Student work in the Exhibition – from Dyett High School of the Arts in the CAPE After School Photography Class with Tony Smith and Lashawn Cox.

Single-session sculptures from North-Grand High School partnership of teacher Kathryn Jung and artist Marc Fischer

Patricia Okulinski:Kathryn Peterman Music-Art-Culture

Jordan Knecht:Leticia Ramos prints

Collective Statement of Exhibition:
An exhibition of arts-integrated projects created in CAPE’s SCALE programs (after-school and community classes/clubs) across eight neighborhoods in Chicago. The collection of works signify questions posed and collaboratively investigated by CPS students, teachers, staff, parents and teaching artists. The artworks manifest their ideas explored through materials, instruments, and devices but also through specific bodies, voices, histories, and lived experience. Perspective(s) is the physicalized topography of their practice, learning, and creating, illuminating the individual and collective lenses of this community. 

History of the SCALE program at CAPE:
CAPE’s Supporting Communities through Arts Learning Environments (SCALE) program began in 2004 to support after-school arts programs for students in Chicago Public Schools. SCALE is supported by a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant provided by the Illinois State Board of Education. Support is also provided by the Lohengrin Foundation, the Albert & Anne Mansfield Family Foundation and the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation at the DeKalb Community Foundation.

Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education engages students, inspires teachers, and demonstrates impact by weaving visual, digital, and performing arts into classrooms across Chicago.

Read more here about work featured in the show:

CAPE Research 2022-2023 SCALE
Parent/Community Classes at George Washington High School
Parent/Community Classes at Waters Elementary School

This community artwork was created at Telpochcalli as part of the “Dia de la Mujer” project led by teacher Sarah Khalifea and teaching artist Flor.

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  • There is a free parking lot on site at the west end of the building where the entrance is. There is also free parking on Aberdeen St nearby and metered parking on 35th St. There is free parking available at the Bridgeport Arts Center at 1200 W 35th St, just two blocks west.  There is no parking on 35th Street along the gallery side.
  • Masks are encouraged, and we will provide some at the space.
  • There is a long 300-foot hallway off the elevator on the 6th floor.
  • A wheelchair and staff member to transport individuals from the entrance of the building into the space are available at the event and upon request.
  • For more accessibility information, click here.
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