Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE)

Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) CAPE engages students, inspires teachers, and transforms schools by weaving the arts into academics
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Ashe Elementary's New CAPE Mural revealed December 2023 This semester, CAPE's After School Graffiti Arts Class, led by t...
01/08/2024

Ashe Elementary's New CAPE Mural revealed December 2023


This semester, CAPE's After School Graffiti Arts Class, led by teaching artist Tony Collins and teacher Marsha Redmon, designed and painted a new mural for the school.

West Chicago Friday Guest Artist ExperienceEvery Friday, CAPE students learn artmaking from a guest artist from the surr...
01/05/2024

West Chicago Friday Guest Artist Experience

Every Friday, CAPE students learn artmaking from a guest artist from the surrounding western suburbs. This year, CAPE is happy to continue its partnership with Water Street Studios.

With Water Street Studios’ Rosalie White and Carly Palmer, students at Turner and Gary Elementary created art based on international children’s books.

(Pictured 1, 2) Guatemalan Rainbow Rugs inspired by the book Rainbow Weaver by Lund Elovitz Marshall.
(Pictured 3, 4) Sebastian’s spotted gourd after reading Yayoi Kusama’s From Here to Infinity.

Water Street Studios

Collaboration Laboratory Professional Development off to a great startTeachers and artists worked across partnerships in...
01/02/2024

Collaboration Laboratory Professional Development off to a great start

Teachers and artists worked across partnerships in an Inquiry Round-Robin exercise designed to have everyone critique and receive feedback on their team’s inquiry question. Feedback varied greatly as teachers' and artists’ experiences and backgrounds in education and the arts shape what intrigues and provokes them in their peers’ inquiry questions.

Teams were given the choice between numeric or text-based prompts for creation. The directions instructed them to create a piece responding to the spatial or quantifiable qualities of the gallery with any materials they would like, given almost all of CAPE's art and creative materials.

Pirie Fine Arts and Academic Center music teacher Robin DaSilva and musician and sound artist Mirza Shams were guest speakers. They shared their experience in CAPE and how they collaborated with each other and their students to create a project around their big idea de-orchestration.

Every Friday, CAPE after school students learn artmaking from a guest artist from the surrounding western suburbs. This ...
12/29/2023

Every Friday, CAPE after school students learn artmaking from a guest artist from the surrounding western suburbs.

This year, CAPE is happy to continue its partnership with Healthy West Chicago.

In December, students at Currier and Pioneer Elementary learned how to make protein bites and a winter wonderland-themed lunch with them.

Healthy West Chicago

Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education engages students, inspires teachers, and demonstrates impact by weaving visual, d...
12/26/2023

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

And sometimes, we do weave! Finger knitting & fuzzy leaves have kept the middle school and 4th and 5th grade CAPE students busy this November.

At CAPE in West Chicago, Maribel Montoya, the teacher at Leman Middle School, and Esther Thorne, the teacher at Turner Elementary, worked with teaching artist Rita Grendze to develop a unique way to capture students’ increased interest in experimenting with yarn after doing finger knitting. They decided to do a project around fiber leaves.

To create this project, the students selected a color palette from a mountain of yarn and arranged the yarn strands into a unique design.

Next, students combed the strands together with hair picks and dog brushes. Finally, the yarn strands were set with hair spray and trimmed into a leaf shape.

Together the finished fiber leaves create a thankfulness branch.

Artist Researcher Partners expand curriculum to engage students in discovery.We stopped by Penny Shultz’s 4th grade clas...
12/22/2023

Artist Researcher Partners expand curriculum to engage students in discovery.
We stopped by Penny Shultz’s 4th grade class at Murphy Elementary, where students were studying types of Native American housing. Here teaching artist Margy Stover leads a discussion showing examples of contemporary architecture around their project’s inquiry question, “How can a modern dwelling unit be based on the traditional architecture of Native Americans?” Students will then work on their housing models and test them in extreme conditions.

Artist/Researcher Partnerships bring artists into the classrooms of schools in need.Last week, we visited the partnershi...
12/20/2023

Artist/Researcher Partnerships bring artists into the classrooms of schools in need.

Last week, we visited the partnership of Sarah Ramirez, 4th grade teacher, and Margie Stover, CAPE teaching artist, at Murphy Elementary. Sarah's class is about the earth's features changing over time and building for those changes: "What can we learn about the changes in Earth’s features through close observation and artistic representation?" Margy presented the class with images of contemporary houses and students sketched and built models, then tested them outside in extreme weather conditions.

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Students put the final touches on their architectural model before they take their model outside for extreme weather simulations.

Students sketch their models in their project notebooks which documented their responses and work throughout the CAPE project.

One student demonstrates their building model and sketch.

The class watches as a student begins their extreme weather test of floodwater damage on their architectural model’s structure

More information on CAPE's arts partnerships models is on our website.

CAPE prides itself on a long history of providing quality professional development (PD) for its arts partner teams. In N...
12/18/2023

CAPE prides itself on a long history of providing quality professional development (PD) for its arts partner teams.

In November during the final PD of 2023, Artist/Researcher Teams were introduced to the article “Decentering the Adult Gaze: Young Children’s Photographs as Provocations for Place-Making,” by Tran Nguyen Templeton and Vivek Vellanki, to set the context of the evening and have teachers and artists think about how their students conceive of place and what makes a certain place special or interesting to them.

Participants were asked to make counter-maps of their schools and school communities that didn’t prioritize two-dimensional navigational information. Teams were encouraged to avoid flat works on paper.

Teachers Peter DeLaurentis, Sarah Ramirez, and Michele Sera from Murphy Elementary present their multi-plane map of their school and how they would represent social interactions and happenings in across each floor of the school.

Pasteur Elementary art teacher Arturo Barrera presents a map of their school in a frozen moment of time where individuals are symbolized as arrows moving through the space in school towards a dispute between students whose interactions are represented by dots and adhesive-backed craft gems.

Teaching artist Jessica Mueller's 3-D creation.

CAPE is seeking a photographer with darkroom experience who is available to teach 3-5pm on Mondays and Tuesdays next sem...
12/16/2023

CAPE is seeking a photographer with darkroom experience who is available to teach 3-5pm on Mondays and Tuesdays next semester at Dyett High School. Application deadline January 8.
Apply here: https://bit.ly/3TsQdF5
Questions? Contact Grace Philion at [email protected].

Save the date for CAPE's exhibition of its Community Classes The Art of Gathering (El arte del convivio) from January 22...
12/15/2023

Save the date for CAPE's exhibition of its Community Classes The Art of Gathering (El arte del convivio) from January 22 to March 16, 2024.
Check out this exhibition and RSVP information for the opening Reception on Saturday, February 3, 2024! For more information check out the full Exhibition Schedule at CAPE online!

CAPE After School Program students create seeds of health.Cultivating a garden is a long term project, where each year's...
12/13/2023

CAPE After School Program students create seeds of health.

Cultivating a garden is a long term project, where each year's activities (planting, harvesting, drying, seed saving) contribute to the next. Led by teaching artist Kayla Anderson and Ms. Welsh, the CAPE Garden Club at North-Grand High School has been growing seedlings indoors, transplanting them into the garden, then planning for the next season. Last week we offered an activity at the school's STEAMfest, where students and families got to create their own blends of tea from the school garden-harvested leaves. Great minds grow here!

CAPE’s Community Class at George Washington High School created a major project this year, a Mexican-traditional altar d...
12/11/2023

CAPE’s Community Class at George Washington High School created a major project this year, a Mexican-traditional altar de mu***os, which was displayed at the school’s library. Each participant invested themselves personally in sharing family stories and rendering tribute to loved ones. The altar included photographs, foods, and personal items symbolizing those remembered.

Proud of this tradition, the class’ altar de mu***os will be re-installed for Community Class Exhibition: The Art of Gathering (El arte del convivio), on view at CAPE from January 22, 2024 to March 16, 2024. More information on the exhibition and events is available here: https://bit.ly/47CYqur

Pictured:
Image 1: Class participant Teresa honoring the life of her daughter Paulina.

Image 2: Teaching artist Natalia Villa and Judith, a class participant, representing a Mexican Catrina (a costume of an elegant skeleton that honors the departed).

Image 3: The altar de mu***os includes traditional papel picado (colored tissue paper cut in intricate patterns), calaveras (decorated skulls), pan de mu**to (a seasonal sweet bread) and handcrafted cookies, photographs, personal items, flowers, candles, and Catrinas (artisanal dolls) created by hand by class participants.

Image 4: Led by teaching artists Natalia Villa and Mirtes Zwierzynski, and attendance coordinator Palmira Perez, class participants surround their altar de mu***os while on display at the George Washington High School library.

Special thanks to the Mansfield Foundation for support of CAPE's Community Classes.

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12/06/2023

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! We are so excited to welcome guests to Chicago, IL, for the Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) 2024 National Arts in Education Conference, April 3-5, open to anyone with an interest in arts in education. ☀️🎉

We invite you to join us at http://conference.youngaudiences.org (LINK IN BIO)

Sessions will be held and registrants will have opportunities to explore cultural sites around the city with YA’s Chicago-based affiliate (and conference co-hosts!) .

CAPE creates enriching and engaging artistic experiences for its community members.Made up of parents and community memb...
12/06/2023

CAPE creates enriching and engaging artistic experiences for its community members.

Made up of parents and community members, CAPE's Community Class at George Washington High School was recently welcomed by the Art Institute of Chicago's Ryan Learning Center while visiting the museum. Class participants enjoyed a tour and talk of Remedios Varo's enigmatic Science Fictions exhibition, then viewed sculptures by Camille Claudel and took a peek at the new Picasso exhibition (on view until April 8, 2024).

Teaching artist Natalia Villa describes the experience as inspiring for having had the opportunity to share varied interpretations of art: "nos dieron una breve platica, estuvo muy interesante educativa, e impresiónate las pinturas y bocetos que realizó Remedio Varo, las chicas les encanto y estaban muy inspiradas para el siguiente proyecto. Fue un momento de compartir nuestra interpretación de las obras que vimos y nos interesaron más."

CAPE is grateful for the generosity of our friends at the Ryan Learning Center of the Art Institute of Chicago for welcoming our participants, who travelled from the far southeast side of Chicago!

Save the date for CAPE's exhibition of its Community Classes The Art of Gathering (El arte del convivio) from January 22 to March 16, 2024. More information is available on the CAPE website.

CAPE After School brings families together to create art.Here are some photos from Arthur R. Ashe Elementary School's fa...
12/04/2023

CAPE After School brings families together to create art.
Here are some photos from Arthur R. Ashe Elementary School's family cooking class on Saturday, Nov. 18th, led by Chef Nyah Griffin, Artist Joseph Spilberg, and Ms. Ebony Issac. They made some banana cream pudding and other holiday desserts. They also drew their favorite foods and who they eat them with.

Good morning! Join CAPE today for Giving Tuesday! Click here for today's Zoom Link and Times! https://bit.ly/47jxAHW
11/28/2023

Good morning! Join CAPE today for Giving Tuesday!
Click here for today's Zoom Link and Times! https://bit.ly/47jxAHW

Join CAPE virtually tomorrow for Giving Tuesday fun via our open Zoom meeting! Speak directly with the Executive Directo...
11/27/2023

Join CAPE virtually tomorrow for Giving Tuesday fun via our open Zoom meeting! Speak directly with the Executive Director and board members! Take a lunchtime tour. And more! Three Times to Visit CAPE tomorrow!
Click for full details! https://bit.ly/47jxAHW

Party Friday, Dec. 1. ChicagoReach + CAPE 6:30-9:30pmJoin Chicago Reach at CAPE on Friday, December 1st, for a fresh tak...
11/20/2023

Party Friday, Dec. 1. ChicagoReach + CAPE 6:30-9:30pm

Join Chicago Reach at CAPE on Friday, December 1st, for a fresh take our annual holiday party, complete with plenty of festive cheer, cold drinks, good music and great company! All proceeds from the event will go to CAPE to further their mission of engaging and inspiring Chicago youth by bringing visual, digital and performing arts programs to their classrooms.
RSVP here with Chicago Reach to attend!
https://bit.ly/3sPQAhX

CAPE Collaboration Laboratory Artists Announced 2023-2024It is with great pleasure that we are excited to announce the t...
11/17/2023

CAPE Collaboration Laboratory Artists Announced 2023-2024

It is with great pleasure that we are excited to announce the teaching artists who will be joining CAPE in our Collaboration Laboratory program (CoLab), CAPE’s 2-year program, which works with schools that are new to CAPE to establish a foundation for arts integration in the school.

These artists will partner with a teacher at one of the ten new schools in the program for the 2023-2024 school year. CAPE prides itself on working with Chicago’s enthusiastic and talented community of artists, and each artist in this roster is no different. Everyone is coming to CAPE with a variety of experiences and a unique practice, so we’re eager to see what comes from these partnerships.

Read more here https://capechicago.org/blog/collaboration-laboratory-artists-announced/
to learn about each artist and the teachers they’ll work with, and stay tuned for updates on the partnerships and art integration projects in the spring.

Check out our full slate of teaching artists at CAPE https://capechicago.org/cape-teaching-artists/

(Image courtesy artist Lindsey Kircher)

CAPE congratulates Palmira Perez, Attendance Coordinator at George Washington High School, for her recent appreciation f...
11/16/2023

CAPE congratulates Palmira Perez, Attendance Coordinator at George Washington High School, for her recent appreciation from Chicago Public School's Network 17 for outstanding commitment to supporting attendance efforts at the school during School Year 2022-2023.

Ms. Perez has also been a dynamic liaison for CAPE's after school program at George Washington, and is currently instructor of a virtual Community Class for adults in collaboration with CAPE teaching artists. Thank you and congratulations Ms. Perez!

We'd like to invite you to join us LIVE for Giving Tuesday on November 28, 2023!  On this day, people all over the count...
11/15/2023

We'd like to invite you to join us LIVE for Giving Tuesday on November 28, 2023! On this day, people all over the country will be making donations to nonprofit organizations they care about. CAPE's work in fifty schools across Chicago makes communities brighter, stronger, and more creative. We need your support to sustain these positive impacts in the new year.
Jump on the open zoom for Coffee with Amy and Friends 8-10am, Gallery Lunch and Tour 12-1:30pm or CAPE Sunset Happy Hour 4-6pm! Zoom link will be sent out at 7:30am on , Nov. 28th. Read more here: https://bit.ly/47jxAHW

No time to zoom on Tuesday? Donate now! https://bit.ly/3Wqy5tz

Today's the Day! Stop by the free Fall Exhibition 2-5pm, Saturday, Nov. 11th at CAPE! Make Art, meet some of our teacher...
11/11/2023

Today's the Day! Stop by the free Fall Exhibition 2-5pm, Saturday, Nov. 11th at CAPE! Make Art, meet some of our teachers and teaching artists! Educators - come to the Talk and receive CPDU credits.
More here: https://bit.ly/3rY0bmE

Join CAPE this Saturday for the free reception of the All Ages I Do, We Do, You Do: Student Instruction exhibition from ...
11/09/2023

Join CAPE this Saturday for the free reception of the All Ages I Do, We Do, You Do: Student Instruction exhibition from 2-5pm. More information is here: https://bit.ly/3rY0bmE

The gallery is ready for all ages to create! Student instructions adorn the walls and there are materials near each to use to create new work and post alongside other pieces.

Watch as Carmen demonstrates the student instruction process for Hannah Martin, CAPE Program Coordinator. Carmen and friend Jacqueline are in the 1st-2nd grade CAPE After School program at Pioneer Elementary in West Chicago. Video: https://youtu.be/9Bgej16rXUo

NEW Artist/Researcher Partnerships Announced for 2023-2024Thanks to the support of our donors, CAPE is excited to announ...
11/08/2023

NEW Artist/Researcher Partnerships Announced for 2023-2024

Thanks to the support of our donors, CAPE is excited to announce the roster of twenty Artist/Researcher Partners (A/RP) for the 2023-2024 school year.

This program provides continued support for seasoned CAPE teacher and teaching artist teams to build on their expertise in arts integration, inquiry, and action research. This year, we will expand our work with more classrooms at Mosaic Elementary School and Pasteur Elementary.

CAPE is also excited to announce four new schools that have completed the 2021-2023 Collaboration Laboratory Program, CAPE’s introduction to arts integration program, into the A/RP. Joining the A/RP network of arts integration practitioners are Dawes Elementary, Prieto Math and Science Academy, Infinity Math Science and Technology, and Spry Community Links High School.

Across the city are 45 teacher and teaching artist A/RP teams collaborating with over 1,300 Chicago public school students.

Dawes Elementary School
Douglas Taylor Elementary
Dr. Jorge Prieto Math and Science Academy
Durkin Park Elementary
Infinity Math Science and Technology High School
John T. Pirie Fine Arts & Academic Center
Lake View High School
Mosaic School of Fine Arts
Murphy Elementary School
New Sullivan Elementary
Newton Bateman Elementary
Pasteur Elementary
Patrick Henry Elementary School
Ray Graham Training Center
Spry Community Links High School
STEM Magnet Academy
Vaughn Occupational High School
Waters Elementary
Dever Elementary School

Special thanks to the Polk Bros. Foundation for their support.

(Pictured: William Estrada, CAPE Veteran Teaching Artist presented his exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center and led an art-making workshop on connecting arts integration work with Social and Emotional Learning, which opened up our research theme and Professional Development focus for this year.)

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Keep After-School Programs Alive Across Illinois CAPE is included in the long list of organizations affected by this fun...
11/07/2023

Keep After-School Programs Alive Across Illinois

CAPE is included in the long list of organizations affected by this funding crisis. The issue of the lost funds from the Illinois Board of Education is critical to CAPE's ability to serve its schools. Read the the Chicago Sun-Times article of 11/4, and check out the full issue on our website. https://bit.ly/3GSxZ8S

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