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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

Jan
25
Fri
2:00 pm Winter Orientation — Business Vo... @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Winter Orientation — Business Vo... @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Jan 25 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
BVA Orientation – January 2019 New business volunteers must attend a BVA Orientation before starting on a project. We offer the BVA Orientation four times a year— winter, spring, summer and fall on Friday afternoons[...]
Feb
2
Sat
9:00 am Board Training: Arts Organizatio... @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Board Training: Arts Organizatio... @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Feb 2 @ 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[...]
Feb
5
Tue
9:00 am Breakfast Club: Advocacy and the... @ Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Breakfast Club: Advocacy and the... @ Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Feb 5 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Breakfast Club: Advocacy and the Nonprofit Voice @ 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 to[...]
Feb
12
Tue
5:30 pm Headshot Happy Hour @ Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Headshot Happy Hour @ Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Feb 12 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Headshot Happy Hour @ Arts & Business Council of Chicago | Chicago | Illinois | United States
The Arts & Business Council (A&BC) invites you to an evening of cocktails & conversation with The  LinkedIn Professor, Tajuana Ross. Show yourself some love by learning how to create an impressionable LinkedIn profile that[...]
Feb
13
Wed
5:30 pm On BOARD: Winter Meet the Boards
On BOARD: Winter Meet the Boards
Feb 13 @ 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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