Thank you for your interest in learning more about CAPE’s Board of Directors!

CAPE seeks to recruit and retain a diverse board whose members possess a variety of needed skills and a broad array of knowledge relevant to CAPE’s work. These skills include, but are not limited to, expertise in law, finance, information technology, grant making, fundraising, human resources, marketing, and public/media relations. Also desirable are previous experience with nonprofit boards and experience with meeting facilitation.

CAPE also seeks to include on its board a variety of perspectives related to arts and/or education. Consequently, CAPE seeks to have on its board constituents such as CPS parents, alumni, teachers, administrators, local government officials, and teaching artists.

CAPE Board Members are expected to possess the following attributes:

  • Willingness to advocate on behalf of CAPE by bringing resources to the organization. Such resources include a personal financial commitment and promoting interest in and support for CAPE through involvement in outreach, networking and promotional activities.
  • Ability to commit approximately 8-10 hours per month. This time may be spent in board or committee meetings or in outreach and fundraising activities.
  • Desire to be part of a collegial group dedicated to CAPE’s mission. Board members will serve as part of a team and engage in thoughtful discussion and decision-making.
  • Partner with staff and fellow board members to build and enhance CAPE’s contributions to positive creative learning outcomes for students. This may translate into first-hand participation and support of school-based programs and initiatives.

“Since joining the Board, I’ve been able to participate in numerous events that have demonstrated the impact CAPE has on students. From art shows to musical performances, it really is incredible to see the children flourish in the environment that CAPE helps provide. These are the things I still look forward with CAPE….it reminds me that what we do is important to the community.”

-Shaun Goldfarb, Board Secretary

Participation Expectations:

  • Attend five board meetings per year (currently set for Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30)
  • Serve on at least one committee and undertake additional assignments as needed
  • Commit to serving a three-year term
  • Serve as a CAPE Ambassador by hosting at least one information session per year with 10 guests
  • Serve as Table Captain at CAPE’s Annual Impact Arts Luncheon
  • Attend at least one site visit per year at a CAPE school
  • Attend the annual exhibition and other program related events (1-2 per year)
  • Participate in organizational strategic planning efforts
  • Participate in annual staff reviews and board member self evaluations

Financial Expectations:

  • Make an annual financial contribution according to one’s personal means.
  • Board Members are asked to serve as members of the CAPE Creative Learning Society who make multiple-year pledges of financial support to the organization.

Next Steps

The CAPE Board of Directors offers its members the extraordinary opportunity to contribute to an outstanding organization that makes a profound and lasting difference in the lives of young people, families, schools, and communities all across Chicago. For more details about board service and its responsibilities, please contact CAPE’s Executive Director, Amy Rasmussen. 

This video will give you a sense of how CAPE’s work makes a difference to real students in real Chicago classrooms. It features a teacher, a teaching artist, and three students from a CAPE program at Durkin Park Elementary, which is located in the Ashburn neighborhood in southwest Chicago. Their CAPE project helped the students learn about electricity and circuits through the use of art materials, storytelling, and collaborative experimentation; this approach to learning also inspired many of the students to consider careers in different scientific fields for the first time, including Wyndel, who is now convinced she has what it takes to become an astronaut.