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In response to valid and ongoing concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, the Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC) has cancelled all in-person events. Please see our COVID-19 Support Center to access resources and information to help navigate this period of disruption.

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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 CREATIVE BUSINESSES

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 VOLUNTEERS

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

Aug
22
Sat
11:00 am Business Volunteers for the Arts... @ Webinar
Business Volunteers for the Arts... @ Webinar
Aug 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
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 through short-term[...]
Sep
14
Mon
11:30 am On BOARD® Lab: Arts Organization... @ Webinar
On BOARD® Lab: Arts Organization... @ Webinar
Sep 14 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Topics include: Structures of arts and cultural organizations and their boards Phases of development of nonprofit organizations, from the founding board to the working board and the governing board Analysis of the board’s role in[...]
Sep
26
Sat
10:00 am Business Volunteers for the Arts... @ Webinar
Business Volunteers for the Arts... @ Webinar
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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[...]
Sep
28
Mon
11:30 am On BOARD® Lab: Legal & Fiduciary... @ Webinar
On BOARD® Lab: Legal & Fiduciary... @ Webinar
Sep 28 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Topics include: Laws governing nonprofit boards of directors The role of the director: responsibilities & restrictions Organizational bylaws Understanding the importance of Directors & Officers insurance Duty of Care, Duty of Loyalty, and Duty of[...]
Oct
1
Thu
5:30 pm Arts & Drafts @ TBA
Arts & Drafts @ TBA
Oct 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Arts & Drafts @ TBA | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Thursday, October 1, 2020, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Location: TBA What’s better than making new connections, sharing ideas, and having a local beer? Meet us at Arts & Drafts, a quarterly networking event for Chicago’s[...]

News

Since launching…

On BOARD

Over 300 volunteers trained and matched

Business Volunteers for the Arts

Over $10 million in pro bono consulting services

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago is supported in part by grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the National Endowment for the Arts.