Columbia College Chicago

Center for Community Arts Partnerships

Center for Community Arts Partnerships


“CCAP brings an added dimension to the larger Columbia College community. It provides students with a chance to engage in real world experiences through the Center’s work, enriching student life.” Mark Kelly, Vice President for Student Success, Columbia College Chicago

Since 1998, the Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP) at Columbia College Chicago has been transforming the lives of thousands of Chicagos young people through its unique approach to college-community partnership building. Founded on a mission to link the academic departments of Columbia College Chicago with diverse communities throughout the city and beyond, CCAP brings the concepts of community-based learning, arts-integrated curricula and reciprocal partnerships into the spotlight. It unites artists, educators, students, corporations, schools and community-based organizations to form meaningful, sustainable partnerships in the arts.

What’s Hot at CCAP:

$2.5M to CCAP for Community Schools Work

CCAP recently received a 5-year $2.5 million Full Service Community Schools (FSCS) grant from the U.S. Department of Education to implement CCAP’s arts-based Community Schools model in three Chicago Public Schools.

FSCS Grant Press Release

TEAM Book - Our Latest Publication

CCAP's TEAM book is here! In Media Arts Integration: Reflections from the Field, CCAP illustrates the ways in which teaching and learning unfolded in urban public school classrooms through TEAM's digital media integration approach. The book includes essays by teachers and teaching artists, sample lesson plans, and evaluation results.


CCAP Impact

Check out our recently released report, which paints a compelling picture of the breadth and depth of CCAP’s impact as an animating force through our partnerships with the city, schools, and community-based organizations.

CCAP Impact Report

CCAP Giving Campaign

Please give today! We want to spend another 17 years transforming lives through the arts! Honor our commitment with a commitment of your own: support CCAP by making a donation.

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