Thank you for your interest in Impact Arts 2017:
Transforming Communities Through the Arts!

This page serves as a digital version of the program presented at our October 11 fundraising luncheon, and includes videos and additional details about our featured student performer, our guest speakers, and stories from a student, a teacher, and a parent at George Washington High School.

Below, you can also make a pledge or a one-time donation to support CAPE as we continue our mission to engage students, inspire teachers, demonstrate impact, and transform communities through the arts.

Poetry Reading

Our featured performer was Nate, a student in our after-school program at North-Grand High School. Last year, he and his classmates worked with Vicki Turbov, a long-time CAPE teacher and Mitsu Salmon, a CAPE teaching artist, to explore improv and theatre techniques, learn scenes from classic plays, and create and workshop original plays and poems. Nate has performed this piece not only for his CAPE peers and our luncheon guests, but also for all his entire school community at last year’s school-wide talent show.

Transforming Communities Through the Arts

The following video features a parent, a teacher, and a student from George Washington High School discussing the transformations they’ve witnessed in themselves and in their school community throughout the school’s partnership with CAPE.

Aurora Figueroa has participated in CAPE’s Parent Program at the school for several years and has presented her artwork at multiple exhibitions during that time. Her son was also active in CAPE programs at George Washington until his graduation from the school last year.

Mary Rossi is a veteran teacher who is in her 12th year at George Washington High. Since 2013, she’s been working with different CAPE teaching artists to engage students and parents in the creation of beautiful, larger-than-life art installations that can be viewed all around the school building. Their newest piece, supported by one of CAPE’s master artists, Mirtes Zwierinski, is a large-scale mosaic at the entrance of the school that has been painstakingly created over the past year.

Nancy graduated from George Washington High in 2017 after building deep bonds and sharing many meaningful experiences with her CAPE teachers and teaching artists. Nancy loved that the variety of CAPE programming at her school allowed her to explore and combine her varied interests in 2D visual art, sculpture, ecology and recycling, and family.

Building a School Community

Dr. Kevin Gallick, Principal at George Washington High School, joined us to share some of the ways that CAPE has helped transform his school by creating new opportunities for student and parent engagement and contributing to skyrocketing graduation and college enrollment rates.

“Closing the opportunity gap is very difficult, but we’re confident that with CAPE in our corner, we can do it.”

Join CAPE and Make a Lasting Difference

Three years ago, a group of dedicated individuals launched CAPE’s Creative Learning Society by making 5-year pledges of support for CAPE. If you’re feeling inspired by what you’ve seen and heard above and you would like to support the ongoing operating needs of CAPE, we invite you to join our Creative Learning Society. Your long-term commitment will be a tremendous help in advancing our mission to engage students, inspire teachers, demonstrate impact, and transform school communities through the arts.

The CAPE Creative Learning Society pledge level names are meant to give you a sense of what your contribution can do.  Your contribution will go towards the unrestricted operating funds of CAPE. (Click here to learn more about CAPE’s status as a four-star charity). 

  • The Gift of Partnership is a pledge of $1,000 each year for five years, which is approximately $83 per month.This gift will enable one student to attend a CAPE after-school program for an entire school year — or 4 days per week for 32 weeks! 
  • The Gift of Creativity is a pledge of $10,000 each year for five years. This gift will allow us to launch new partnerships in two schools, reaching 8 teachers with professional development and 240 students with school day programs.
  • The Gift of Empowerment, is a pledge of $25,000 each year for five years. A commitment at this level will allow us to launch a long-term program to study how CAPE partnerships assist students like Nate and Nancy in being prepared for college.

You can join our Creative Learning Society with an initial gift toward a 5-year pledge. If you’d like to give at a different level or make a one-time gift, you can also do that using the form below.

Please know that whatever you give today, including the gift of your time and attention, we sincerely appreciate your support and interest in our work.

Clicking the ‘Donate’ button below will open our secure donation form in a new browser tab.

Our sincere gratitude goes to the
A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation
for their support of this year’s Impact Arts Luncheon!

If you’re interested in learning about future sponsorship opportunities, please contact Executive Director Amy Rasmussen.