ChiArts’ spring gala 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.



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

This evening is a kerfuffle of creative writing, dance, music, theatre, and visual arts showcases by ChiArts scholar-artists.

  Click this video to watch a highlight reel from Kerfuffle! 2017

Last year, with a sold-out venue, we surpassed our fundraising goal and made Kerfuffle! history. This year, we’re aiming to exceed last year’s efforts and make 2018 the greatest commotion of creativity yet! If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor for 2018 or have questions regarding Kerfuffle! fundraising, please contact Marlena Dzis, Manager, Annual Fund and Special Events, at or 773-534-0308.