Project AIM. The Center for Community Arts Partnerships’ (CCAP) was awarded a three-year Art in Education Model Development and Dissemination grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement in 2005. The Arts Integration Mentorship Project (Project AIM) introduces public school teachers and students to the authentic arts practice of professional artists by partnering teaching artists from Columbia College and its community arts partners with public school teachers in Chicago and Evanston. The AIM teaching artists represent a rich tableau of culture, skills, and art that they bring to the classroom including creative writing, spoken-word performance, theatre, music, visual arts, book and paper arts, photography, and film. Teaching artists and teachers form collaborative relationships that benefit from CCAP’s history of sustained community and school partnerships. Using inquiry-based teaching, students are guided through each step of the creative process from brainstorming, revision and rehearsal, to exemplary performances, exhibitions, and documentation of their work.