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 initiative “Your Gift, Your Way,” we expect all parents and guardians to volunteer their time to school activities or contribute in a way that is meaningful to them. This can include any of the following:
- Financial contributions (monthly giving, one-time gifts, Kerfuffle! or ChiArti Gras sponsorships)
- Services (catering, graphic design, printing, photography, sewing/laundry)
- Connections (restaurants, venues, galleries, arts partners)
- In-kind donations (snacks, dinner, supplies)
To view the 2017-2018 “Your Gift, Your Way” packet, which includes an outline of ways to give, pledge form, buy-a-brick form, list of donors and volunteers from the 2016-2017 school year, and ChiArti Gras save-the-date, please click here.
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. “Your Gift, Your Way” – no matter how large or small – helps create a stronger ChiArts.
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, Manager, Annual Fund and Special Event, at 773-534-9710 ext. 12190 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We thank the following parents and guardians for their financial support during the 2016-2017 school year (includes gifts from July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017).
|Lori and Hugo Acevedo||Anthony Finney**||Tiawana Parker|
|Neila Adams||Gerald Wilk and Jennifer Frei||Jeffrey Parker|
|Luzmila Adrianzen||Christine Funk||Sharon Stokes-Parry and Bruce Parry|
|Jesse Alonzo||John and Mary Funk**||Lisa and Will Payovich|
|David and Christine Antos||Chiara Galimberti||Maria Perez|
|Stephanie and Barry Batson||Michael Gathman||Chester Wilson Jr and Chad Pilkins|
|Blake and Leslie Batterson||Brian and Laurie Gingrich||Donna and Reginald Ponder|
|Lunye Benson||Laura Kristek and Steven Godfrey||Gayle Starr and Evan Poulos|
|Deborah Berkman||Velicia Goode-Moore||Jean and Raul Ramos|
|Dana and Lyle Berkowitz||Leah Gordon||Kimberly Reynolds|
|Naomi Berkowitz**||Cynthia Greco||Sheila and Rafael Rivera|
|Laurie and Mark Blair||Nora and Gaute Grindheim||Esther Rivera|
|Mahnlaye Boayue||Jennifer Haffner||Andrea Robinson|
|Martin Borucki||Gwendolyn Harris||Kristina Roque|
|Elizabeth Bradbury||Veronica Hernandez||Judith Roszak|
|Jacqueline and Marc Bratland*||Thomasyne Hubert||Wendy Ryce-Smith|
|Morena Bresciani||Thomas and Amy Hubert||Yanitzia Salgado|
|Gwyndolette and Julian Brown*||Stephen Joyce||Jose Eguiguren and Aida Sanchez|
|Diane Brydl||Anthony Karwatowicz||Aloma Sandoval|
|Luz E. Borges-Caraballo and Edwin Caraballo||Julie and Kevin Kee||Orit and Ezra Schwartz|
|Mayela Carrasco||Louise Rasmussen and Julian Kerbis||John Holbert and Leslie Schwartz|
|Sarah Chrystal||Gina Lafayette-Wiltz||Lisa and Jon Seda|
|Yvette and Jorge Cisneros||Nancy Kenyon and Troy Lair*||Leticia Segura|
|Lorrie Elliott and Marcus Clark||Barbra Littleton||Laura and Greg Shields|
|Kristin and Craig Collins||Pamela Lucas||Zulma Soto|
|Lilia Perez Lopez and Raul Correa||Michael Markham||Karianne and Tom Soulsby|
|Jesse Vazquez and Janette Cortés-Duewel||Paulino Martinez||Paula and Alan Sprecher|
|Radovan Sirdich and Maureen Cunningham||Michael Edmonds and Maria McDermott||Patrick and Maureen Stauffer*|
|Monika Dabrowski||Clare McWilliams Parker*||Lisa Simmons and John Street|
|Kari Dahl||Julia Corcoran Melín and Hector Melín-Aldana||Charles Swedberg|
|Mildred O. Able Darby*||Melissa Miller||Grace Swedberg|
|Shirley Decorte**||Melanie and Lawrence Moorhouse||Rev. Marcus and Rev. Robyn Tabb|
|Dianna De Leon||Jerry and Larisa Morrison||Kelsey Taylor|
|Brendan and Carol Deely||Ivonne and Hernan Mosquera||Joseph Ficht and Erika Teijeiro-Ficht|
|Richard Dianovsky||Isidro Angulo and Marlene Nakamura-Angulo||Joe and Margaret Tilson|
|Gaile and James Dominici||Eric Revels and Pamela Narins||Karen Walker|
|Preston Draper||Melissa Spring and Greg Neidballa||Lawrence Wood and Gwenan Wilbur|
|Cynthia Echendu||Michelle and Andrew Ohlson|
|Tracy Elmblad||Patrick Rita and Teresa Omiotek|
|Tuesday Few||David Leary and Laura Owen*|
|*alumni parent(s) during the 2016-2017 school year|
Please contact Marley Dzis, Manager, Annual Fund and Special Events, at email@example.com if you do not see your name on the list or if you have an alternate preferred listing.
Stephanie Cox-Batson and Leslie Batterson, featured in the video above, held the Executive Committee positions listed during the 2016-2017 school year.