ChiArts' spring gala and presentation, Kerfuffle! is less than five weeks away! On April 27, we welcome supporters, arts partners and civic leaders to a celebration of ChiArts' past and future to raise funds in support of ChiArts' conservatory programs. Student artists and performers display their talents 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 Chicago History Museum. 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 purchasing tickets or sponsoring, please visit our website!

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers recently announced the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Medalists. This tremendous achievement has been given to creative teenagers across the nation since 1923. Past winners include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote and Robert Redford! Out of this year's 330,000 submissions, only 2,740 Medals were awarded at the national level. We are incredibly thrilled and proud of our students Guadalupe Campos, Cameron Collins, Steven Jones and Gillian Koptik for receiving National Medals! Guadalupe Campos ('17) received two Gold Medals for her accomplishments in Drawing and Illustration and Painting. Steven Jones ('17) was awarded two Silver Medals for his pieces in Drawing and Illustration. Cameron Collins ('17) received a Drawing and Illustration Gold Medal. Last but not least, as a freshman, Gillian Koptik received a Silver Medal for her creative writing piece in the category of Flash Fiction!
Ravyn Lanae ('17) just finished her first national tour with Chicago rapper, Noname! Rayvn's latest EP, M idnight Moonlight, was inspired by the moon and explored relationships between hues and emotions. This past March, Rayvn was featured in Rolling Stone's "10 New Artists You Need to Know", had an extensive artist profile in VIBE and recently published an interview with Essence Magazine. Check out Rayvn's innovative tunes from her Midnight Moonlight EP on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and YouTube.

This past March, our Theatre Conservatory has been busy learning from guest artists, participating in acting competitions and preparing for the final showcases of the year! In addition to conservatory work, students are already diving into the Chicago theatre scene by auditioning for professional productions.
Jasiana Caraballo (Musical Theatre '17), is in the cast of PINOCCHIO at Chicago Children's Theatre in April and May! Ariana Burks (Musical Theatre '17), is taking part in a workshop of TREVOR: THE MUSICAL at Writer's Theatre in Glencoe.

Students from the Dance Department attended a luncheon with Misty Copeland at the Union League Club on March 23! As the first African American Female Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, Misty shared her secrets to growing strong physically and mentally! Our students received copies of Misty's new book, " Ballerina Body" and participated in a  discussion regarding diversity and healthy habits in the arts. Our dance majors even met Misty for autographs!

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 5-7
7:00 - 9:00 PM 
ChiArts Black Box Theatre 
The Theatre Conservatory's seniors perform an o riginal show, INVITED, that they devised and  produced over the course of the school year!
*This production contains mature content and language.  
It is recommended for audiences ages 13 and older.

Friday, April 21
6:00 - 9:00 PM 
MANA Contemporary
Hosted by MANA Contemporary , this special event is the culminating exhibition of a ChiArts visual art student's high school career. The works on view will include selections from students' year-long thesis investigations as part of their 
 Major AP Studio Art Course.
This showcase is free and open to the public! 

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