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Impact Arts 2018: Creativity 2.0!

Welcome to the digital version of the program presented at our October 25 fundraising luncheon, which includes videos and additional details about our student performers and guest speakers, as well as video stories from a teacher, a teaching artist, and three students at Durkin Park Elementary.

Below, you can also make a multiple-year pledge or a one-time donation to support CAPE as we continue our mission to engage students, inspire teachers, and demonstrate impact by weaving creativity into science, technology, engineering, and math in schools across Chicago.

STEM Fashion Show

Impact Arts: Creativity 2.0 kicked off with a fashion show from students in our CAPE After School program at Waters Elementary, which lit up the room with glowing headpieces inspired by bioluminescent creatures, including jellyfish, sharks, and fungi. The students researched the mechanisms and purposes behind different organisms’ bioluminescence, and then used a variety of lights, wires, paints, and textiles to create their works of art and fashion.  These students recently let their lights shine in the Arts in the Dark parade, and we’re thrilled to share their creativity with our Impact Arts guests.

Impact Arts 2018: Creativity 2.0

Creativity 2.0

The following video features a teacher, a teaching artist, and three students from Durkin Park Elementary discussing how they wove the arts into science and technology.

Deborah Birmingham is a veteran teacher, who has been participating in CAPE programs at Durkin Park Elementary for three years, where she loves learning alongside her students during their CAPE projects.

Niema Qureshi is a long-time CAPE teaching artist who excels at helping classroom teachers incorporate creativity and technology into academic learning.

Wyndel, Sophia, and Ashley were in Ms. Birmingham’s 4th grade class last year. Each student found their CAPE project to be surprising and exciting, and they especially enjoyed presenting their work to their families, art exhibition guests, and classroom visitors from the Chicagoland philanthropic community.

Teaching and Learning Through Digital Photography

Long-time CAPE Teaching Artist Jessica Rodrigue shares about her experience in a variety of CAPE classrooms, during and after school, and how photography has helped her students grow and learn in STEM and social-emotional areas.

“CAPE’s continued support of teaching artists like me is a vital part of ensuring that students in need receive the high-quality education that they need to succeed.”

The Art of Leadership

Maria Tapia, a sophomore from North-Grand High School, describes how her experiences in CAPE’s after-school program helped build her self confidence and leadership skills.

“My team and I are so proud of this wall that every day since it was finished, we walk by to check on it and clean it up. I can’t draw yet somehow I managed to touch every part of this mural. I didn’t realize until my teaching artist said it, but I was learning how to be a leader.”

Join CAPE and Make a Lasting Difference

Four years ago, a group of dedicated individuals launched CAPE’s Creative Learning Society by making five-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.

  • 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 Maria in being prepared for college
  • 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 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- like the Costume Creations class at Waters Elementary- for an entire school year (4 days per week for 32 weeks)!

You can join our Creative Learning Society with an initial gift toward a five-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.

If you’re interested in learning about future sponsorship opportunities, please contact Development Officer Nicolette Coorlas.