Support the next generation of Chicago artists & industry leaders

Nathan Rivera, Visual Arts ’23. Untitled. 2021, Multi-Media Collage.

Thank you for supporting the ChiArts Foundation

There is only one ChiArts; a place for learning, creating, performing, and discovering one’s potential. It is the only public high school in Chicago dedicated to pre-professional arts training. While a lot has changed since ChiArts welcomed the first freshman class in 2009, the mission to develop the next generation of diverse, artistically promising scholar-artists remains the same. Help us fund the arts for the extraordinary, every contribution makes a difference.

Mail a check payable to ChiArts Foundation:

ChiArts Foundation
PO Box 772076
Chicago, IL 60677-2076

For gifts of stock, wires, and all other forms of giving please contact the Development Department at [email protected].

Did you know you can increase the impact of your gift by utilizing your employer’s matching gift program? Contact your Human Resources or Corporate Giving representative to find out if your employer will match your gift.

ChiArts Foundation accepts gifts in the form of stock or securities. To donate stock, please email [email protected] to inform us of the name of the securities you intend to transfer, the number of shares, and the approximate dollar amount. This information will ensure we can accurately process and recognize your generous contribution.  

After providing us with the above details, contact your broker and provide the following information:

Account Name: ChiArts Foundation 

Broker: Fidelity Investments 

DTC number: 0226 

Account number: 636-249353 

ChiArts Foundation’s Federal Income Tax Identification Number: 85-1586666 

Upon receipt of the shares, ChiArts Foundation’s broker will liquidate the securities in the most cost effective manner for the Foundation. You will receive an acknowledgment letter from ChiArts Foundation following the transfer, but please consult your tax accountant for the specific tax benefits you may receive for your contribution.  

Including ChiArts Foundation in your estate planning is easy and will ensure a sustainable future for ChiArts’ conservatories and future generations of scholar-artists.  

There are many ways to make a planned gift to ChiArts Foundation and provide tax benefits to your estate and/or heirs. Below are a few gift examples to discuss with your financial advisor or estate lawyer.

• Will or living trust 

• IRA or retirement plan designation 

• Charitable remainder or charitable lead trusts 

• Gift annuities 

Financial benefits to the donor are associated with each of these philanthropic instruments. ChiArts Foundation encourages you to seek professional advice from your trusted legal and financial advisers in all charitable estate planning matters.  

Please contact [email protected] to ask any questions or to inform us of your legacy gift plan so that we may properly recognize you for including ChiArts Foundation in your estate plans.  

ChiArts Foundation accepts gifts via ACH and bank transfer.

Please contact [email protected] to notify us of your interest, and we will provide you with wire instructions.

Your support in action
A student concentrating while writing

$100 Notebooks for every Creative Writing scholar-artist

A student playing bass guitar

$250 5 private music lessons

A student manipulating clay with an instrument

$500 2 lbs of clay for a Visual Arts sculpture class

A student performing on stage

$1,000 Theatre summer programming scholarships

A group of students gracefully dancing

$2,500 Technology, costuming, & props for one feature Dance production

A student belting into a microphone

$5,000 An entire year of pre-professional training for a scholar-artist


Annual Benefit

11.16.23 | BY Johnny Merrifield

Kerfuffle! 2024

On Thursday, May 2, 2024, the Foundation will host its annual spring benefit Kerfuffle! at Morgan Manufacturing in the West Loop to support the Music, Theatre, Dance, Creative Writing, and Visual Arts conservatories at The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts). The event welcomes over 350 supporters, arts partners, and civic leaders to celebrate ChiArts’ public, pre-professional, and 100% donor-funded arts conservatories, serving over 600 students from all of Chicago’s 50 wards. Throughout the event, creative commotion takes center stage as guests explore the worlds of ChiArts’ scholar-artists at this unconventional student performance-driven cocktail and dinner experience. Be prepared for a one-of-a-kind evening with spectacular live performances, poetry stations, and visual art showcasing how ChiArts is changing the Chicago arts community and beyond. Stay tuned for sponsorship and ticket announcements!

See our donors
A student in sunglasses playing trumpet on stage

You make it possible

With your help, the ChiArts Foundation raises funds to provide tuition-free arts programs and opportunities for scholar-artists to flourish during and beyond high school.