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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 ways to strengthen your organization or business? Perhaps new relationships, board members, volunteer consultants, or learning? Our programs and services connect you to these and more.

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FOR INDIVIDUALS

We’re looking for remarkable people. People who get things done and enjoy seeing others succeed. Whether you’re looking to upskill, reskill, get to know Chicago a little better, or simply give back to our city, A&BC has a program for you!

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Upcoming Events

Jan
25
Sat
10:00 am Business Volunteers for the Arts... @ Chicago Public Library - Back of the Yards Branch, Large Meeting Room
Business Volunteers for the Arts... @ Chicago Public Library - Back of the Yards Branch, Large Meeting Room
Jan 25 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Business Volunteers for the Arts: Winter Orientation @ Chicago Public Library - Back of the Yards Branch, Large Meeting Room
Business Volunteers for the Arts® (BVA) connects skilled Chicagoans with arts, cultural, and creative communities in need of assistance. Are you interested in joining our pro bono consulting program and lending your abilities? Apply! Application[...]
Feb
8
Sat
10:00 am Board Leadership Lab: Arts Organ... @ Chicago Public Library - Little Village Branch
Board Leadership Lab: Arts Organ... @ Chicago Public Library - Little Village Branch
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Topics include: Structures of arts and cultural organizations and their boards Life cycle of nonprofit organizations, from the founding board to the working board and the governing board—board governance, staffing and structure, income generation, and[...]
Feb
12
Wed
6:00 pm Learning Lab: Working at the Int... @ Humboldt Park Cultural Center
Learning Lab: Working at the Int... @ Humboldt Park Cultural Center
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Learning Lab: Working at the Intersection of "Arts &" @ Humboldt Park Cultural Center
Art for art’s sake is a thing of the past. The arts, cultural, and creative sector (including institutional funders) is shifting to uplift civic causes in the communities it serves. Organizations working at intersections like arts[...]
Mar
7
Sat
10:00 am Board Leadership Lab: Fiduciary ... @ TBD - Austin
Board Leadership Lab: Fiduciary ... @ TBD - Austin
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Topics include: Laws governing nonprofit boards of directors The role of the director: responsibilities & restrictions Bylaws Understanding the importance of Directors & Officers insurance Duty of Care, Duty of Loyalty, and Duty of Obedience[...]
Mar
16
Mon
10:00 am Learning Lab: Sexual Harassment ... @ To be determined
Learning Lab: Sexual Harassment ... @ To be determined
Mar 16 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
As of January 1, 2020, Illinois employers must provide sexual harassment training to all full-time and part-time equivalent employees on an annual basis in order to be compliant with Illinois employment law. This includes nonprofit[...]

News

Since launching…

On BOARD

Over 300 volunteers trained and matched

Business Volunteers for the Arts

Over $10 million in pro bono consulting services