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Lending expertise.
Providing Support.
Facilitating Partnerships.

What We Do

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.

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Services & Opportunities

FOR ORGANIZATIONS

Are you looking for assistance? Perhaps new board members, consultants, or professional development? Our services connect you to these opportunities and more.

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FOR INDIVIDUALS

We are looking for remarkable people. People who get things done and enjoy seeing others succeed. Whether you’re looking to deepen your leadership skills, get to know Chicago or simply give back to our city, we have a program for you!

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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

Jul
24
Wed
6:00 pm Lab: It’s Not All About the Give... @ WeWork Monroe Street
Lab: It’s Not All About the Give... @ WeWork Monroe Street
Jul 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lab: It’s Not All About the Give/Get @ WeWork Monroe Street | Chicago | Illinois | United States
 A superb board member brings a combination of time, treasure, and talent to an organization. So why do we continue to evaluate and prospect board members strictly on financial capacity? If a board of directors[...]
Jul
27
Sat
9:30 am Business Volunteers for the Arts... @ Chicago Public Library – Little Village Branch, Rocky Mountain Room
Business Volunteers for the Arts... @ Chicago Public Library – Little Village Branch, Rocky Mountain Room
Jul 27 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 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[...]
Aug
21
Wed
6:00 pm Lab: What Is Public Relations an... @ WeWork State Street
Lab: What Is Public Relations an... @ WeWork State Street
Aug 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lab: What Is Public Relations and Why Does It Matter? @ WeWork State Street | Chicago | Illinois | United States
What is public relations? There are many different responses to this question, but arts and culture leaders should be most concerned with managing their organizations’ public image and reputation. Whether you are connecting with media[...]
Sep
14
Sat
9:00 am Board Training: Arts Organizatio... @ Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Board Training: Arts Organizatio... @ Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Sep 14 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
BOARD MEMBER TRAINING Presenter: Kristin Larsen, Executive Director, Arts & Business Council of Chicago Topics include: Structures of arts and cultural organizations and their boards Life cycle of nonprofit organizations, from the founding board to[...]
Sep
25
Wed
5:30 pm On BOARD: Fall Meet the Boards
On BOARD: Fall Meet the Boards
Sep 25 @ 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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