Your Gift, Your Way

The Chicago High School for the Arts is a tuition-free, donation-dependent public school. No student is admitted or denied based upon financial capacity. However, each school year we must raise approximately $3.5 million to provide our pre-professional arts training programs in Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts.

As part of the Parent Support Organization’s new initiative “Your Gift, Your Way,” we are asking for every family to support the school in some way. This can include any of the following:

  • Volunteering
  • Financial contributions
  • Services (catering, graphic design, printing, photography, sewing/laundry)
  • Connections (restaurants, venues, galleries, arts partners)
  • In-kind donations (snacks, dinner, supplies, items for Silent Auction)

More than ever, we need the support of our ChiArts families to help us bridge the gap between our public funding from Chicago Public Schools and the true costs of operating both our college-preparatory academic program and pre-professional arts conservatories.

Our goal is that 100% of families will participate in “Your Gift, Your Way” this year.

We hope you will consider making a donation to the school to help maintain the high level of academic and arts instruction that ChiArts offers tuition-free to its talented Chicago students.

Please feel free to contact Marlena Dzis, Development Associate, at 773-534-9710 x12190 or mdzis@chiarts.org with any questions.

We thank the following parents and guardians for their support (includes gifts from July 1, 2016-December 14, 2016):

Lori Acevedo Hector Escalera Laura Owen*
Luzmila Adrianzen Marcus Evans Krista Pace
Erika Amaya Jill Finnegan Tiawana Parker
Isidro Argulo Anthony Finney Jill Parker
Demario Ash Sonia Florey Bruce Parry
Danielle Babbington Jennifer Frei Mary and Raul Partida
Roslyn Barnett-Barker Gerald Wilk Donna and Reginald Ponder
Leslie and Blake Batterson John and Mary Funk Latasha Pryor
Lunye Benson Christine Funk Jean and Raul Ramos
Dana and Lyle Berkowitz Kari Dahl Kimberly Reynolds
Laurie and Mark Blair Chiara Galimberti Esther Rivera
Rita Blunt Susan Garr Sheila and Rafael Rivera
Mahnlaye Boayue Michael Gathman Tisha Roberts
Elizabeth Bradbury Ron Giles Kenyatta Robinson
Jackie and Mark Bratland* Laurie Gingrich Judith Roszak
Nicole Bridges Velicia Goode-Moore Oreo Roullier
Gwyn and Julian Brown* Leah Gordon Wendy Ryce-Smith
Terri Budzyn Nora Grindheim Aloma Sandoval
Tom Burke-Kaiser Gwendolyn Harris Maudie Saunderson
Vicki Byas Nathalia Harris Orit and Ezra Schwartz
Marita Candanedo Max Higueros Lisa and John Seda
Juanita Cannon* Rebecca Hoffner-Prillaman Syda Segovia
Mayela Carrasco Tom and Amy Hubert Lisa Simmons
Sarah Chrystal Jenn James John Street
Yvette and Jorge Cisneros Jennifer James Alicia Solis
Kristin Collins Tricia Irene Jensen Zulma Soto
Nina  Cooper Vickie Johnson Tom and Karianne Soulsby
Julia Corcoran Anthony Karwatowicz Katrina Spears
Hector Melin-Corcoran Julie and Kevin Kee Paula and Alan Sprecher
Janette Cortes-Duewel Nancy Kenyon* Maureen Stauffer
Jesse Vazquez Troy Lair* Donna Tague
Domingo Covarrubias Tina Kunes Debbie Tanzer
Stephanie Cox-Batson Anthony Littleton Erika Teijeiro-Ficht
Barry Batson Pamela Lucas Margaret and Joe Tilson
Maureen Cunningham Elena Magdaleno Vanessa Vazquez
Radovan Sirdich Talibah Mance Donyale Wallace
Deanna De Leon Michael Markham Brian Warling
Carol and Brendan Deely Venus McCullough Carolyn Wilbon
Marlon Dixon Maria McDermott Taneshia Williams
Gaile and James Dominici Melissa Miller Jim Wilson
Michael Edmonds Lawrence and Melanie Moorhouse Mary Wilson
Christie Edwards Ivonne and Hernan Mosquera Gina Lafayette-Wiltz
Jose Eguiguren Marlene Nakamura-Angulo Lisa Wright
Tracy Elmblad Pamela Narins Debra Yepa-Pappan
Phillip and Karen English Raquel Onate Paulina Zuniga
*alumni parent(s)