All-City Arts Programs

CPS All-City Programs provide greater equity and access to arts programs for every student in CPS, along with celebrating the amazing creativity, talent, and arts learning of CPS students. All-City Programs are Chicago Public Schools’ longest-standing tradition of supporting and recognizing student achievement in the fine and performing arts. The programs consist of exhibitions, concerts, receptions, and performances of student-produced work in: visual art, music, theatre, and dance. Student recognition starts at a regional level first, and then progresses to a citywide level to showcase the most exceptional achievement in the arts.

All-City Arts Programs include:

  • All-City Performing Arts Programs in dance, choral and instrumental music, and theatre for students in grades 3-12
  • All-City Visual Art Exhibitions Program in visual art for students in grades 3-12
  • ALT-City recognizes student-produced artwork in non-traditional and experimental genres and media in the visual and performing arts (including hip-hop, beat-boxing, break-dancing, sports choreography, a Capella, doo-wop, installation, performative acts, video documentation of urban culture)

Advanced Arts Program (AAP) at Gallery 37

The CPS Advanced Arts Program at Gallery 37 provides two years of credit-bearing advanced, honors, and AP courses in the arts, as well as college and career planning to students from high schools around the city. The CPS Advanced Arts Program at Gallery 37 is offered at a downtown location near various cultural institutions like the Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park, Art Institute of Chicago, Gene Siskel Film Center, and the Joffrey Ballet.

AAP courses include:

  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Jazz ensemble
  • Vocal arts
  • Culinary arts
  • Graphic design
  • Video production
  • 3D computer modeling
  • Mixed-media visual art
  • AP Sculpture
  • AP Photography
  • AP Drawing and Painting

For any questions, please call 312.742.1461 or email