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ChiArts Executive & Artistic Director Named One of Chicago's "40 Under 40"

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Dec 03, 2013
Chicago, IL

This week Jose Ochoa, executive and artistic director of Chicago High School for the Arts (Chicago, IL) was selected as a member fo the Crain's Chicago Business 40 Under 40 Class of 2013. Ochoa will join the ranks of prominent Chicago figures such as President Barack Obama, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Oprah Winfrey, all who have been previously recognized as "Chicago's next generation of leaders."

"I am extremely honored to be counted among Chicago's top 40 Under 40," said Mr. Ochoa. "Before ChiArts opened its doors in 2009, Chicago was the only major city without a public high school for the arts. Now, with the support of our incredibly dedicated Board of Directors, faculty and staff, we are giving students the opportunity and necessary tools to become the future artists of Chicago."

Ochoa joined ChiArts as its first employee nearly six years ago, bringing to life the vision of Chicago philanthropists for a public performing arts high school. Now, in its fifth school year, ChiArts serves nearly 600 diverse Chicago youths, grades 9-12, with pre-professional arts training and a rigorous college preparatory academic curriculum. The success of ChiArts would not have been possible without José's strong leadership.

About Chicago High School for the Arts
The Chicago High School for the Arts is a college-preparatory, pre-professional arts training program in the following disciplines: dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts. ChiArts is a Renaissance 2010 Contract School and Chicago's first public arts high school.  

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Pictured Above: Jose Ochoa

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