Calendar 2018-09-18T10:27:17+00:00

Breakfast Club: Do I Really Need Insurance? @ 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 connect with one another and collaborate on solutions for navigating personal and industry challenges.

Tuesday, January 8 from 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Do I really need insurance? Yes. Even if I’m a small nonprofit? Still yes. Arts organization are inherently prone to risk. When you bring audiences into your space for a performance or exhibition, engage volunteers to fulfil your end of year appeal mailing, and throw incredible fundraiser events, you create opportunities for personal and financial risk.

Determining the insurance policies that are right for your organization is tricky. Join the conversation at Breakfast Club to connect with peers who are also in search of the best policies. We’ll discuss some best practices to consider and direct you to a policy that suits your needs.

Register for Breakfast Club here. 

Winter Orientation — Business Volunteers for the Arts (BVA) @ 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 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm in downtown Chicago.

The Winter application deadline is January 11. Apply here.

For more information about the BVA program, click here.

Board Training: Arts Organization Structures & Board Responsibilities @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Feb 2 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm


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 board to the working board and the governing board
  • Relationship between the board and staff, and challenges posed by staffing and board transitions

Price: $150

Advance registration is required as space is limited. We will not accept walk-up registrations. For details on registering for this training, please contact Noemi Garcia at

Annual Benefit Luncheon – Arts & Business and Capacity: Exemplifying Cultural Equity
Mar 12 @ 11:30 am

“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 fate of sustainable cities, marginalized communities, and American progress in a globalized world depends upon it.”

Xavier Ramey, CEO and Lead Strategist, Justice Informed


You are invited to A&BC’s annual benefit luncheon on March 12. The luncheon will gather like-minded individuals dedicated to exemplifying cultural equity through values, policies, and practices in order to build substantive and meaningful relationships with the communities around us – and served by us. Arts & Business and Capacity: Exemplifying Cultural Equity will be an event unlike any other in Chicago, leveling strategies to realize bottom-line impacts and admirable corporate citizenship. Xavier Ramey of Justice Informed will deliver the keynote address. Ricardo Gamboa, award-winning artist, activist, and academic, will moderate.

Tuesday, March 12 at 11:30 am
300 E Randolph, 30th floor

Chicago, IL 60601

Sponsorship Opportunities >>


Previous Corporate Partners include: Accenture – Aon – The James A. and Mary H. Bell Charitable Foundation – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois – The Boeing  Company – Boston Consulting Group – Crain’s Chicago Business – Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust – The Duchossois Group – Elkay Manufacturing – Goodman Theatre – Holland Capital Management – HY Connect – IBM –  Joffrey Ballet – McDonald’s – Northern Trust Company – Ogilvy Public Relations – Price Waterhouse Coopers – Quarles & Brady, LLC – Rosenthal Collins Group – School of the Art Institute of Chicago – Segal Consulting – South Coast Solutions – Staples – Williams Capital Group – Willis Towers Watson

Board Training: Nonprofit Finances, Budgeting, & Tax Issues @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Apr 13 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm


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 nonprofit financial statements
  • Taxes including payroll and UBIT
  • Filing with the IRS and other government entities
  • What occurs during an audit and when you need one
  • Managing cash flow

Price: $150

Advance registration is required as space is limited. We will not accept walk-up registrations.

For details on registering for this training, please contact Noemi Garcia at