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:

The Celebration 2016 - LALPC

The Celebration will showcase musical tributes to Louis 'Pops' Armstrong by CCAP's partner Chicago Public Schools student ensembles, hosted by our LALPC Artist-in-Residence, Wycliffe Gordon. The Celebration 2016 will be held May 24th at the Getz Theatre from 10am-2:30pm.


Showcase 2016 - Community School Partnerships

This year's Community School Partnerships Showcase will take place at the Getz Theatre on June 4th from 2-4pm, featuring Chicago Public Schools student performances of dance, theatre, music, and more.

Community School Partnerships

ASL Slam Chicago

CCAP presented another feature residency this Spring, ASL Slam Chicago/Douglas Ridloff. This American Sign Language event was held on Thursday, April 28th, at the Den Theatre and showcased deaf poetry, monologuing, and more.

ASL Slam Chicago

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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