On April 19, 2018, Kerfuffle! was bursting with incredible performances and a community of supporters we’re beyond grateful for. Thank you to our generous sponsors, guests, faculty, scholar-artists, and volunteers for helping us raise more than ever before at Kerfuffle!. We’re proud to announce that in addition to selling out the Chicago History Museum, we surpassed last year’s record breaking benefit and exceeded our fundraising goal.




  1. (Noun): A commotion or fuss
  2. (Trans Verb): To put into disorder or disarray; ruffle or disarrange
  3. (Synonyms): Brouhaha, hoopla, outburst, ruckus

ChiArts’ annual spring benefit and presentation, Kerfuffle!, welcomes supporters, arts partners, and civic leaders to raise funds in support of ChiArts’ conservatory programs. Student artists and performers display their talents throughout the evening through open studios, poetry stations, pop-up performances, and an opening feature on stage. The event includes a cocktail reception, elegant dinner buffet, and opportunities to explore various performance exhibits throughout the venue. Funds raised through Kerfuffle! are integral to continuing our tuition-free arts program, which serves over 600 students from all of Chicago’s 50 wards. ChiArts’ arts conservatories are wholly supported by individual, corporate, and foundation donations; therefore, Kerfuffle! remains a vital component of ChiArts’ fundraising efforts. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor for 2019 or have questions regarding Kerfuffle! fundraising, please contact Marlena Dzis, Manager, Annual Fund and Special Events, at or 773-534-0308.