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CAPE Teaching Artists Needed for Children’s Summer Program in West Chicago, IL

Created by a CAPE student.

Five West Chicago, IL schools offer free CAPE programming for its students after school. They are Currier, Gary, Leman, Pioneer and Turner. CAPE, an acronym for Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education, partners classroom teachers with an art professional to integrate arts with curriculum during the day and/or as after school programming.

For the upcoming 5-week summer session running June 27 through July 28, 2022, CAPE will be offered at Turner elementary school, 750 Ingalton, Monday – Thursday from noon to 3 PM. Teaching artists are also being sought for the upcoming school year, 2022-2023.

The summer program will employ five teaching artists who will partner with a classroom teacher to co-plan, co-design and co-teach. Teaching artists are defined as being professionally trained in their art form and have accrued years of experience working and/or teaching within it.

CAPE is supported by funding from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program of the Illinois State Board of Education. It weaves visual and performing arts into classroom lessons to bring academic subjects to life. Lessons integrate music, dance, drama, digital art, video and photography. CAPE currently serves 60 schools in Chicago, and suburban locations include West Chicago and Park Forest.

Associate Director of Education, Teju Adesida, states, “Personally, I love the way we’re able to connect the arts to so many different areas that might seem disconnected from arts exploration, such as STEM areas. It encourages students to grow more in their learning through the attributes of critical thinking and becoming more confident learners.”

CAPE, founded in 1992, has a 30-year history designing and implementing complex, multi-year, education projects with arts integration. By working with external researchers and evaluators, this program has delivered proven results indicating it positively impacts overall achievement in classrooms.

If interested in donating visual arts supplies (brushes, paints, modeling clay) or becoming involved as a teaching artist, please contact Hannah Martin, Program Coordinator at

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