Through the strategic initiative to build diversity, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has endeavored to create opportunities for the increased participation of people of all backgrounds in our campus community. In particular, the initiatives below focus on strengthening the bond between the school and the city, allowing the diversity of Chicago become a greater part of SAIC.
College Arts Access Program
The College Arts Access Program (CAAP) is a three-year college bridge program that provides preparation for Chicago Public School students interested in pursuing careers in the arts. CAAP's key components include an intensive curriculum based on our Early College Program, academic advising and support, mentorship with SAIC undergraduates, and full financial support. Students have the opportunity to earn college credit and are eligible for special scholarships if they apply and are accepted to SAIC's undergraduate program.
The Walter and Shirley Massey Chicago Fund [PDF] provides full tuition to undergraduates who are residents of the City of Chicago. These need-based scholarships are awarded to incoming students and are renewable for all four years of their undergraduate education.
SAIC partners with the Homan Square Foundation to offer art programming, including artist residencies and community art classes at the former Sears Roebuck campus in Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood.