One of the highlights of CCAP's Community School Partnerships is its renowned, arts-centered, after school model. By creating reciprocal partnerships between college, community, and schools, CCAP brings the creative experience of arts and engaged learning through a consistent schedule of out-of-school time programming for students and their parents offered on-site at partner schools.
CCAP leverages Columbia College’s expertise in arts and media to provide a wide array of after school activities that link to the school day, in response to the identified needs of students, parents, teachers, and the school. After school programming includes:
CCAP also offers programming for parents to help them support their children’s education and meet their own learning goals. This includes workshops on college readiness, as well as book clubs, early childhood programs, ESL and GED classes, and resources for parents.
CCAP works with Chicago Public Schools to serve over 500 students and 300 parents each year in after school programs. Teachers from participating public schools work collaboratively with a Columbia College teaching artist to ensure that the after-school experience is brought back into the classroom. Together, they bring this experience to life through a variety of activities that mirror the curriculum of Columbia College, including dance, film, music, photography, poetry, theatre, video and more.
The Center for Community Arts Partnerships’ Community Schools Partnerships program is funded in part by the Illinois State Board of Education and has received federal funds from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. The program is also supported by the U.S. Department of Education Full Service Community Schools program; Chicago Public Schools; Food 4 Less; U.S. Bank Foundation; and United Way of Metropolitan Chicago Impact Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund.