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ChiArts Is Developing The next Generation Of Diverse Scholar-Artists

ChiArts Is Developing The next Generation Of Diverse Scholar-Artists

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In its short existence since being established and opening its doors to students in 2009, The Chicago High School for The Arts has already staked its place as one of the best schools  in the city not only to get a solid education but also train the next generation of creator and artists.  artistically promising scholar-artists students are shining examples of the work of ChiArts and why you should support


The iPhone was created because at the time there wasn’t a great universal device that could make calls, play music and videos, and do everything else, just like many great. Bill Gates and Paul Allen’s idea for a personal computer made them billionaires today. Grubhub filled a void in the food delivery market and so when leaders surveyed the arts education landscape of Chicago they realized there was a void. With that the Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust and the Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust convened a group of approximately ten arts and education organizations to discuss the issue of diversity within mid- to large-sized arts organizations in Chicago and specifically the lack of representation in this landscape by professional artists representing the many ethnic communities who call Chicago home.

Copy of ChiArtsKerfuffle_AlyssaTeijeiro-Ficht_FlamencoSoloThe Chicago Public High School’s mission has not changed, rooted in developing the next generation of diverse, artistically promising scholar-artists through intensive pre-professional training in the arts, combined with a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum. As ChiArts gets ready to celebrate its 7th annual major fundraiser, Kerfuffle! meet these four students who have not only excelled academically they are also earning accolades for their artistic/writing talents and making donors and future donors like you reading this proud to give and support such a worthy institution.  The youth of today will be the future of tomorrow. The lack of diversity in today’s creative sphere should not dictate the inclusion that should come in the future. Supporting ChiArts and these talented students means supporting tomorrow’s creative rising stars.

Damayanti Wallace

Damayanti is a Creative Writing Major at ChiArts whose words and activism are already making waves in the Chicago community and beyond. This year, she was honored in City of Chicago’s 2017 Rising Star Honor Roll, performed at the Poetry Foundation, and was a finalist for the August Wilson Monologue Competition. Recently, she was featured in the Chicago Tribune for her activism against gun violence.


David Lopena

As a Dance Major, David Lopena held a lead singing role in ChiArts’ record-breaking 2018 production of Les Misérables. David is an Anthony Quinn Scholarship finalist and attended the 2017 Nashville Ballet Summer Intensive.


Nathan Acevedo

Nathan is a Music major who has been honored as a 2018 Posse Scholar!!! Nathan has also received a full ride to attend Ivy League Cornell University next year.


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Raven Smith

Raven Smith is a Painting Major in the Visual Arts Conservatory and won first place in the 2018 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry. This year, she was honored with several large scholarships because of her work exhibited in the 2018 Senior IHSAE (Illinois High School Art Exhibition). She received a Gold Medal in Painting from IHSAE and her work was chosen to be their exhibition at the Zhou B. Art Center.

On Thursday April 19, the 7th annual ChiArts fundraiser Kerfuffle! will take place at the Chicago History Museum. You can get tickets here. If unable to attend but would still like to support you can make a donation here. SociaLifeChicago is proud to support the next generation of creative creators as the event’s media sponsor.

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