The CPS Department of Arts Education (DAE) seeks CPS teachers (district-managed schools only) and teaching artists for the Advanced Arts Program (AAP) at Gallery 37. AAP is an off-campus high school magnet arts program that provides CPS high school juniors & seniors with year-long advanced arts courses in the heart of downtown Chicago. Courses are either two-credit honors or dual college credit; all courses count towards CPS graduation requirements.

AAP courses are co-designed and co-taught by professional teaching artists and certified CPS teachers, all of whom report to AAP administration.

The DAE seeks to hire CPS teachers and teaching artists into the following AAP positions for the 2020-21 school year:

  • Theatre
  • Dance
  • Jazz Combo
  • Modern Band
  • Vocal Arts
  • Animation
  • Creative Arts and Ceramics
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Photography
  • Video Production
  • Culinary Arts
  • Substitute Teachers (for all subjects)

Applications are being accepted until May 15th, 2020. Please download the appropriate packet below for more details about the positions and how to apply.

More information about the Advanced Arts Program

Students are accepted into the AAP program through auditions/interviews. Rising juniors and seniors (and occasionally, highly-motivated sophomores) from CPS district-managed, contract, charter, and options schools may apply.

AAP students engage in intense project-based learning experiences that include regular field trips to artists’ studios, museums, galleries, theaters and concert halls. They are given opportunities to perform and create art for a variety of public venues. AAP also provides career guidance and intensive post-secondary planning. Many prestigious and top-ranked colleges and universities recruit directly from AAP.

Classes meet five days a week from 2:45–4:45 pm for the entire school year at Gallery 37 Center for the Arts (66 East Randolph Street). Students receive free daily CTA passes for round-trip transportation, and all course materials and equipment are provided.

There are two showcases of student work, one in the Winter (December) and one in the Spring (May).

If you have any further questions about AAP or applying to teach in the program, please contact the Advanced Arts Program staff at or 312.742.1461.