ChiArts Working to Correct Data with ISBE and CPS

It has recently come to our attention that the 2018-2019 Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) report card wrongly lists ChiArts as one of the lowest performing schools in the state.  Specifically, the report incorrectly states that ChiArts has a 2.2% graduation rate, which is grossly inaccurate. We know that 98.5% (132 out of 134 students) of our 2019 senior class graduated by the end of this summer. ISBE reports from the past five years consistently note much higher stats for our school and a commendable designation, and CPS ranks ChiArts as one of the top high schools in the city.  

We are actively and urgently working with ISBE and CPS to uncover the data problem and to ensure that it is corrected. Once we get corrected information, we will contact the Sun-Times to update their story with the accurate rankings and data and further update this website.

As always, we thank you for your interest in ChiArts, our students and staff.

ChiArts Seniors Sarah Bonds & Victor Garcia Featured in The Chicago Sun-Times

Sarah Bonds (Theatre Conservatory) and Victor Garcia (Visual Arts Conservatory) are two rising senior artists, multifaceted leaders, and both wise beyond their years. This fall, Sarah and Victor were accepted into Chicago’s 2019 Rising Star Honor Roll and featured in The Chicago Sun-Times. We’re so proud of all they’ve accomplished and the knowledge they continue to share in our communities. Click the links or images below to learn more about their work and watch video features! 
 
 
 
These profiles are part of a series made possible by Allstate as part of its commitment to support young artists in Chicago and to empower the next generation of rising stars.

ChiArts Alumni Exhibit at SOFA Chicago

ChiArts presented a Special Exhibit entitled Four Years Later: New Work by Six ChiArts Alumni at the Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago on November 3-6. This year, ChiArts’ first class of graduates will complete the next step in their artistic development – college and conservatory graduation – and the beginning of their professional careers. Four Years Later includes a selection of works by six alumni from the first ChiArts graduating class of 2013. This special exhibit was curated by ChiArts’ Visual Arts Department Chair Whitney Bradshaw.

In conjunction with the special exhibit, Whitney Bradshaw led a live critique with the help of her esteemed guest curator Tricia Van Eck, Artistic Director and Founder of 6018North. In lieu of a traditional lecture, Van Eck and Bradshaw conducted a live group critique with the students to show the audience how ChiArts’ visual artists are trained to discuss and evaluate each other’s work.

See the full press release here: ChiArts Alumni to Exhibit at SOFA Chicago.

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