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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

Jun
11
Tue
9:00 am Breakfast Club: Marketing with a...
Breakfast Club: Marketing with a...
Jun 11 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Breakfast Club: Marketing with a Mission
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 to connect with[...]
Jun
27
Thu
6:00 pm Lab: Practical Community Engagem... @ WeWork State Street
Lab: Practical Community Engagem... @ WeWork State Street
Jun 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lab: Practical Community Engagement Tactics @ WeWork State Street | Chicago | Illinois | United States
More information coming soon! Instructor: Kelsey Riley / Creative Consultant Click here to read Kelsey’s bio. For more information, and accessibility accommodations, email Braden Cleary at bcleary@artsbiz-chicago.org or call 312.372.1876 x 105. Presenter Bio: Kelsey Riley is[...]
Jul
18
Thu
5:30 pm Summer Bash @ Bridgeport Art Center
Summer Bash @ Bridgeport Art Center
Jul 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Summer Bash @ Bridgeport Art Center | Chicago | Illinois | United States
 
Jul
24
Wed
6:00 pm Lab: It’s Not All About the Give... @ WeWork State Street
Lab: It’s Not All About the Give... @ WeWork State Street
Jul 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lab: It’s Not All About the Give/Get: A New Model for Assessing Board Contribution @ WeWork State Street
A superb board member brings a wealth 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
2:00 pm Business Volunteers for the Arts...
Business Volunteers for the Arts...
Jul 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 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[...]

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