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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
8
Tue
9:00 am Breakfast Club: Do I Really Need... @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Breakfast Club: Do I Really Need... @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Jan 8 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
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[...]
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[...]
Mar
12
Tue
11:30 am Annual Benefit Luncheon – Arts &...
Annual Benefit Luncheon – Arts &...
Mar 12 @ 11:30 am
Annual Benefit Luncheon - Arts & Business and Capacity:  Exemplifying Cultural Equity @ Chicago | Illinois | United States
“There is no more time for social, civic, or economic silos. Integrating institutional social responsibility, inclusion, urban and demographic planning, and equitable economic models must form the basis for 21st century community development strategies. The[...]
Apr
13
Sat
9:00 am Board Training: Nonprofit Financ... @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Board Training: Nonprofit Financ... @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Apr 13 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
BOARD MEMBER TRAINING Speaker: Megan Angle, Manager, Porte Brown LLC Learning objectives include: Financial oversight and safeguarding of assets and nonprofit status Policies: conflict of interest, whistleblower, document retention & destruction, executive compensation, etc. Understanding[...]

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