Chicago Academy of the Arts Celebrates 40 Years of Creative and Educational Excellence

Chicago Academy of the Arts | ChicagoAcademyForTheArts.org

Chicago Academy of the Arts | ChicagoAcademyForTheArts.org

Chicago Academy of the Arts | ChicagoAcademyForTheArts.org

Alumni include Cecily Strong, Lara Flynn Boyle, Justin Tranter, Lalah Hathaway, Tom Gold, Kevin Mimms.

The Chicago Academy of the Arts has been home to thousands of incredible young artists, inspired teachers, and tireless advocates for the arts for 40 years.

— Jason Patera, Director of the Chicago Academy of Arts

CHICAGO, Illinois, USA, May 9, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — For four decades, The Chicago Academy of the Arts (the Academy) has provided a world-class education to budding young artists in the fields of music, dance, theater, media arts, musical theater and visual arts. As one of Chicago’s leading art and culture high schools and one of the most diverse schools in Illinois, the Academy has created an unparalleled and transformative educational model. Students are inspired to develop their potential through rigorous artistic training coupled with a reputable academic program.

Notable alumni include Cecily Strong (actor, author, Saturday Night Live comedian – 2002, theater), Lara Flynn Boyle (award winning actress – 1988, theater), Justin Trantner (award winning musician and music producer – 1998, music and Theater musical), Lalah Hathaway (award winning singer – 1986, Music), Tom Gold (award winning choreographer – 1986, Dance) and Kevin Mimms (actor and current “Jake from State Farm” – 2008, Theater)

“It’s more than just a school. The things I learn here are more than an education.”
​- Asim Baraka, student ​ (expected 2023, Musical Theater)

The Academy celebrates this milestone with a gala at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Several alumni, current and former students, and distinguished guests will be in attendance. Learn more about the Chicago Academy of the Arts 40th Anniversary Gala or make a Don.

Academy graduates have earned nearly $39 million in college scholarships over the past five years and been admitted to top universities and conservatories nationwide. Most students pursue competitive careers in the arts, as well as the sciences, humanities, business, and more. The alumni exemplify the powerful effect of art and arts education as Broadway stars, Grammy winners, engineers and entrepreneurs. This special evening will spotlight students, alumni and all who call the Academy “home”.

“The Chicago Academy for the Arts has been home to thousands of incredible young artists, inspired teachers, and tireless advocates for the arts for 40 years.
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As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we honor the legacies of those who built our special community, those who used this education to transform themselves, and those who used this education to leave their mark on the world. And, as we look to our future, we are excited to set the standard for what a school community can be and do in the decades to come.”
– Jason Patera, Director of the Chicago Academy of the Arts

The Academy would like to thank gala co-chairs Mara Georges and Rusty Hernandez-Sanfilippo, as well as gala sponsors:

Patricia and Ken Hunt
Michael and Kelly Finnerty
Levoyd Robinson and Marianne Colon
justin trater
Emily Barr and Scott Kane
Mara Georges and Michael Mutz
Rusty Hernandez-Sanfilippo and Jeffrey Sanfilippo
Rick and Dean Bayless
Todd and Sharon Walbert
Sandy and Monica Williams
Carlos and Dr. Marina Claudio
Dr. Serafin DeLeon and Dr. Jennifer Chan
Nora Fleming
Krista Linn and Dominique Leonardi
Law Office of Nishay K. Sanan, Esq.
Richard and Susan Sander
Steven Schloss and Dr. Judith Wilen
The Academy needs your help to help its students award over $1 million in annual scholarships to nearly 50% of its student body. For more information on tickets, sponsorships and donor opportunities, please contact Event Director Tanya Pietrkowski at 312.421.0202.

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