Annual Fundraising Gala Recap - April 20, 2016


CHICAGO – The Chicago Academy for the Arts welcomed over 200 guests to the Chicago Athletic Club Hotel on Saturday for its annual fundraising Gala “Movers, Shakers, Art Makers.” The Academy’s 2016 Fundraising Gala is its largest fundraising event of the year and included performances by students in all six arts departments in addition to a live and silent auction. The event raised nearly $300,000, money that will directly support the scholarship fund and will contribute to the 15% gap between tuition and cost of educating an Academy student. “We're so grateful to all who supported the event, in particular our co-chairs Kim Morrow, Emily Barr and Kelly Finnerty,” said Academy President Mary Deissler. “The funds raised directly support The Academy's faculty and arts programming, and I am pleased we were able to meet out goal."

Hosted by Emmy Award Winning Reporter, Leah Hope from ABC 7 News, the event began with performances from students in each of the school’s arts departments, offering guests a view into the diverse and comprehensive Academy arts education. The performances included choreographed dance pieces, short films, poetry readings, visual art exhibitions, classical and jazz musical performances, and scenes from plays and musicals. The show was led by the guidance of Artistic Director and Academy Theatre Department Head, Ben Dicke.

Closing remarks and acknowledgements from Academy principal Jason Patera and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Sandy Williams looked toward the future, and reflected on the accomplishments of the student body, and the contributions of the school’s active and generous donors.

About the Chicago Academy for the Arts

Established in 1981, the Chicago Academy for the Arts is a nationally recognized, internationally influential independent high school acclaimed for its successful academic model and pre-professional arts training. Designated a National School of Distinction by the John F. Kennedy Center, The Academy offers a rich, interwoven, and stimulating curriculum comprised of rigorous courses, workshops, and practicums that encourage complex creation and problem solving through both collaboration and self-motivated learning. Students undertake a rigorous academic high school schedule as well as first-class artistic training in one of six courses of study: Dance, Media Arts, Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre, and Visual Arts. The Chicago Academy for the Arts transforms emerging artists through a curriculum and culture which connect intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and creativity to impart skills to lead and collaborate across diverse communities. For more information about The Academy, visit