ChiArti Gras

About ChiArti Gras

Organized by our Parent Support Organization (PSO), “ChiArti Gras” is ChiArts’ annual silent auction event. Welcoming parents, guardians, and community members, the Silent Auction encourages the spirit of giving in a fun, accessible environment. Guests are invited to contribute by bidding on silent auction items, purchasing raffle tickets, or contributing to a Mardi Gras “giving mask.” Showcasing a wide array of ChiArts talent, student performers are featured throughout the evening in a cabaret-style format.

ChiArti Gras 2018

ChiArti Gras 2018 welcomed over 150 parents, guardians, staff, and supporters to the Polish Museum of America on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Funds raised through this Mardi Gras-themed party surpassed our fundraising goal of nearly $30,000! Guests strolled through the Museum’s ballroom bidding on over fifty silent auction items, donating to the “Giving Mask,” and partaking in both a bucket and 52 card raffle, all while enjoying live student performances, requesting “poems-while-you-wait,” and receiving tarot readings by our very own External Partnerships and Programs Manager. A well-received live auction – a ChiArti Gras first – was enthusiastically led by our Executive and Artistic Director, Principal, and Production Manager. A huge thank you goes out to the ChiArti Gras parent committee and parent volunteers, without whom this event would not be possible, as well as our Board of Directors for contributing items to the silent auction or attending the event. Until next year!


We thank our 2018 ChiArti Gras sponsors!

Catering Sponsor
Lisa and Jon Seda

Venue Sponsor
Stephanie and Barry Batson
Michele and Pete Doyle

Bourbon Street Sponsor
Dana and Lyle Berkowitz
Lisa Simmons and John Street

Royal Street Sponsors
Curt and Jennifer Conklin
West Suburban Community Development Corp.

Green Room Sponsors
BrainSpaces, Inc.
Carol and Brendan Deely
Pamela Narins and Eric Revels
Jean and Raul Ramos