The Advanced Arts Program (AAP) at Gallery 37 is now accepting applications from high school sophomores and juniors for the upcoming school year (2019-2020)!

The application process includes an interview or audition.

What is the Advanced Arts Program?

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.

Students elect to participate in two-hour, two-credit Honors or Dual College Credit courses, including:

  • Drawing & Painting
  • Animation & Sequential Arts
  • Photography
  • Creative Arts Studio & Ceramics
  • Video Production & Digital Movie-Making
  • Theatre Arts
  • Dance (Modern, Ballet, Hip-Hop)
  • Vocal Arts
  • Jazz Performance
  • Culinary Arts

Courses are team-taught by professional artists (affiliated with Chicago’s most prestigious arts organizations and institutions) and certified CPS teachers.

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 bus passes for round-trip transportation, and all course materials and equipment are provided.

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