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 Chicago's 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:

ASL Slam Chicago

CCAP presented another feature residency this year, ASL Slam Chicago/Douglas Ridloff. Our original American Sign Language event held in September was such a success, we decided to host a few more! Join us for our next Slam on Thursday, November 17, showcasing deaf poetry, monologuing, and more.

ASL Slam Chicago

Circle of Native Artists

CCAP is partnering with Trickster Art Gallery to host the Circle of Native Artists event featuring a live dance performance by Larry Yazzie, a world-class champion Fancy Dancer and educator, followed by Mark Cleveland, renowned Native flute player. The night will close with a panel discussion with all the artists: Larry Yazzie, Brent Learned, George Levi, Tessa Sayers, and Serena Penaloza, moderated by Joe Podlasek.

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.


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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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