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About Us

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago’s mission is to strengthen nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.

We do this by building working relationships between arts and cultural organizations and highly-qualified business professionals, providing training in all aspects of management and board function, and highlighting research in leading and emerging issues related to the world of arts nonprofits.

Lending expertise.
Providing Support.
Facilitating Partnerships.

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SERVICES FOR ARTS ORGANIZATIONS

Looking for management and board consulting, new board members or professional development? A&BC’s services connect you to these opportunities and more.

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS

If you’re a professional ready to apply your skills in a highly innovative, creative, and rewarding environment, help give back to the community while refining your own leadership skills.

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Since launching…

On BOARD:
over 300 volunteers trained and matched

Business Volunteers for the Arts:
over $10 million in pro bono consulting services

Upcoming Events

Apr
20
Sat
9:30 am Business Volunteers for the Arts... @ Teamwork Englewood
Business Volunteers for the Arts... @ Teamwork Englewood
Apr 20 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Business Volunteers for the Arts® (BVA) connects skilled professionals with arts and cultural organizations in need of management assistance. Are you ready to join our pro bono consulting program and lend your professional abilities? Apply in[...]
May
7
Tue
9:00 am Breakfast Club: Proposal Writing @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Breakfast Club: Proposal Writing @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
May 7 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Breakfast Club: Proposal Writing @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago | Chicago | Illinois | United States
The Arts & Business Council of Chicago convenes a monthly morning gathering for arts administrators to discuss topics and share ideas relevant to the business of art. Breakfast Club is a dynamic opportunity for arts administrators[...]
May
15
Wed
6:00 pm Lab: Budgets and Boards @ WeWork State Street
Lab: Budgets and Boards @ WeWork State Street
May 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lab: Budgets and Boards @ WeWork State Street | Chicago | Illinois | United States
What function does the annual budget play in your organization? What decisions should a board make in setting or approving an annual budget? Although budgeting is a central duty for many boards, the answers to[...]
May
18
Sat
9:00 am Board Training: Arts Organizatio... @ Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Board Training: Arts Organizatio... @ Arts & Business Council of Chicago
May 18 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
BOARD MEMBER TRAINING Presenter: Kristin Larsen, Executive Director, Arts & Business Council of Chicago Topics include: Structures of arts organizations and their boards—staffing, income, and programming models Life cycle of arts organizations, from the founding[...]
May
29
Wed
5:30 pm On BOARD: Spring Meet the Boards
On BOARD: Spring Meet the Boards
May 29 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Meet the Boards is a networking session for On BOARD candidates and arts organization boards to meet and learn about each other. Attendees discuss the mission and history of the organization, current and upcoming initiatives, and how new[...]

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