Events

Oct
10
Sat
CANCELLED: Think & Do Tank: Roseland @ Palmer Park Cultural Center
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Saturday, October 10, 2020, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Palmer Park Cultural Center, 201 E. 111th St.

Do you need help getting your organization or creative enterprise to the next level? Are you unsure how to grow your business, expand your creative practice, or get things done? Get your business-related questions answered at our next Think & Do Tank!

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC) connects skilled Chicagoans with creative people, creative communities, and creative businesses through Think & Do Tanks – half-day business consulting events and resource hubs designed to address the immediate needs of community-based art makers. Through Think & Do Tanks, and guidance from Business Volunteers for the Arts®, you’ll have the opportunity to tackle the questions and challenges of most importance to you.

What Happens at a Think & Do Tank?
Participants engage Business Volunteers for the Arts®—skilled Chicagoans, consultants, and subject matter experts in the areas of business planning, strategic planning, board governance, marketing, communications, human resources, accounting, and more—via one-hour, in-person consulting sessions. You choose your meeting time (1-4 consulting hours, per event) and area of consulting focus. Expect to walk away with actionable advice, concrete recommendations, and the essential knowledge needed to get things done!

Every Think & Do Tank includes community area-specific activities, networking, and a welcoming space for dialogue. A&BC staff will also be on-site to offer advice, connect you with programs, provide referrals, and help you navigate additional service providers.

Get Help In:

  • Concept & Development Planning
  • Board Governance
  • Financial Management
  • Income Generation
  • Audience Development & Marketing
  • Staffing & Structure
  • Facilities
  • And more!

Who Should Attend:

  • Chicago-area artists, creatives, culture-makers, and artist-entrepreneurs;
  • Community groups, collectives, and organizations (whether you’re a nonprofit or not!)
  • Roseland-area residents, organizers, activists, and change agents!

Consultations are free the day of this event. To reserve a meeting time in advance of the event, register here. Open to all. Walk-ins welcome.

For more information, email us at info@artsbiz-chicago.org.

This Think & Do Tank is presented in partnership with the City of Chicago Park District’s Arts & Culture Unit (ACU).

About Think & Do Tanks
The Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC) offers Think & Do Tanks as part of the 77 Communities Initiative, a realignment of resources to prioritize supporting creative enterprises in divested communities. These half-day business consulting events and resource hubs, presented in partnership with the City of Chicago Park District’s Arts & Culture Unit (ACU), serve to engage artist-entrepreneurs, creatives, and groups where they are – in community. All Think & Do Tanks are open to the public.

Feb
22
Mon
Round Table: Board Composition & Recruitment @ Webinar
Feb 22 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Round Tables for Senior Leaders are designed to benefit senior leaders from creative businesses and nonprofit organizations to convene with peers to discuss ideas, context, and emotions; to make sense; and re-orient their visions and actions.

Facilitated by our Business Volunteers for the Arts® and other skilled individuals, Round Tables will offer conversations on a variety of management and leadership topics. If you are looking for a space for connection, empowerment, and processing the difficulties of the moment, Round Tables are for you.

February’s Round Table for Senior Leaders will focus on Board Composition & Recruitment.

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Mar
23
Tue
Round Table: Build Back Better @ Webinar
Mar 23 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Round Tables for Senior Leaders are designed to benefit senior leaders from creative businesses and nonprofit organizations to convene with peers to discuss ideas, context, and emotions; to make sense; and re-orient their visions and actions.

With a vaccinated population now in sight, we are all thinking about and planning for what exactly that might mean. What have you learned over the last year? How are you thinking about using this chance to do things differently? Join other senior leaders from Chicagoland creative businesses and non-profit organizations to share ideas (and stresses) about how the creative community can Build Back Better.

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Apr
27
Tue
Round Table: Investing in Open Conversations About Mental Health @ Webinar
Apr 27 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Round Tables for Senior Leaders are designed to benefit senior leaders from creative businesses and nonprofit organizations to convene with peers to discuss ideas, context, and emotions; to make sense; and re-orient their visions and actions.

This 90-minute Round Table presentation is designed to address the current mental health climate to open up conversation and collaboration about how to approach the topic of mental health within your organization from a position of leadership. The discussion will include:

  • How we talk about mental health (vocabulary, generational divide, stigma and bias)
  • How we can make mental health a regular/ongoing topic of discussion
  • How we can put support plans in place ahead of a crisis
  • How we care for ourselves while caring for our teams

Heather R. Bodie, Executive Artistic Director of Erasing the Distance will lead this open conversation about mental health in an effort to increase the ways we can support ourselves and our colleagues, not only in light of the events of this past year, but as an ongoing practice. Read Heather’s bio.

This Round Table is generously underwritten by the Arts Work Fund.

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Heather R. Bodie has spent the last 15 years in Chicago working as an actor, director, and producer. She joined Erasing the Distance in 2013 and has since traveled across the country facilitating conversations about mental health with over 75,000 people. Founded in 2005, Erasing the Distance in a non-profit organization on a mission to disarm the stigma that surrounds the topic of mental health, through personal storytelling.

May
25
Tue
Round Table: Centering Pay Equity @ Webinar
May 25 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Round Tables for Senior Leaders are designed to benefit senior leaders from creative businesses and nonprofit organizations to convene with peers to discuss ideas, context, and emotions; to make sense; and re-orient their visions and actions.

Facilitated by our Business Volunteers for the Arts® and other skilled individuals, Round Tables will offer conversations on a variety of management and leadership topics. If you are looking for a space for connection, empowerment, and processing the difficulties of the moment, Round Tables are for you.

Chicago theatre professional Elsa Hiltner recently penned Pay Equity: What’s in it for Theatre Companies? in Howlround Theatre Commons. Although our Round Table will explore pay equity in all artistic disciplines, Hiltner’s essay (and your requests for this topic!) will inspire our conversation. Some concepts we may explore include:

  • Morals, ethics, values
  • Productivity and the quality and quantity of work
  • Status, power, and decision making
  • Diversity, accessibility, safety, and inclusion
  • Talent acquisition and retention
  • Fund and audience development
  • Involving the board and artists in compensation policy development
  • Communicating compensation policies
  • Monitoring compensation policies

Round Tables for Senior Leaders are supported by Aon.

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Jun
22
Tue
Round Table: Leading Today’s Work Force in a Post-Pandemic World @ Webinar
Jun 22 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Round Tables for Senior Leaders are designed to benefit senior leaders from creative businesses and nonprofit organizations to convene with peers to discuss ideas, context, and emotions; to make sense; and re-orient their visions and actions.

Facilitated by our Business Volunteers for the Arts® and other skilled individuals, Round Tables will offer conversations on a variety of management and leadership topics. If you are looking for a space for connection, empowerment, and processing the difficulties of the moment, Round Tables are for you.

The pandemic, of course, will end. But the world will look much different, which means workforces, organizations, and leadership will need to be quite different. Recovery won’t be easy. Leaders will have to weigh tough choices and make even tougher decisions. And though we can anticipate the changes, a lot still remains unknown.

With something like normal now in sight, we are all thinking about and planning for what exactly that might mean. We’ll explore hiring, retaining, motivating, and managing talent; and next generation leadership development.

Round Tables for Senior Leaders are supported by Aon.

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Jul
27
Tue
Round Table: Trust and Equity @ Webinar
Jul 27 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

This month our Round Table for Senior Leaders will discuss organizational development & leading change in a post-pandemic world.

We’re seeing the need for both coming out of the pandemic.  In our session we’ll explore the R.I.S.E- Model ( Relationships, Information, Strategy & Execution) for leaders to use to progress their teams and organizations.

As we navigate the transition “back to work” there are two predominate themes that have emerged over the past 6 months of the Round Tables: Equity & Trust

Consider: 9/10 companies are preparing to do some sort of hybrid model of work from home & in person, yet 60% have NO PLAN on how to do this.

 How then do leaders ensure equity and build trust across their teams and organization? At our Round Table we’ll look to address these and the following:

EQUITY- while admin folks might be able to work from home, folks such as educators or ticket takers must deliver services in the field

  • What challenges might you have in ensuring equity as you look to re-open?
  • What are your plans to create equity among roles or status?

TRUST- is primarily built being people by having proximity, consistently over time

  • How do we establish trust in a hybrid or 100% virtual model with new team members or in engaging (or reorienting) current team members in creating a strategy for the future?
  • How will you measure performance and progress in your setting?
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Sep
28
Tue
Round Table: “Undoing Past Harms” @ Webinar
Sep 28 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

For the remainder of the year we will be exploring the theme of the senior leader’s role in “Undoing Past Harms… While Leading Future Strategy.”

Many leaders, whether new or seasoned, are faced with undoing harms created by systemic injustices or former leaders of their organizations.

For example:
– are you having a difficult time engaging former or new staff because of past grievances?
– are you attempting to articulate a strategy for the future yet mired by ingrained harmful cultural norms?
– are you unintentionally perpetuating cultural biases?

This is a big topic which deserves time to explore and that’s why we are dedicating the next three month’s to discuss this theme.

Round Tables for Senior Leaders are designed to benefit senior leaders from creative businesses and nonprofit organizations to convene with peers to discuss ideas, context, and emotions; to make sense; and re-orient their visions and actions.

Our facilitator is Myla Skinner, Founder and Managing Partner of Quarter Five which supports businesses and organizations as they navigate complex and consequential change such as Executive Leadership Transitions and Team Restructures; Diversity, and Equity, and Inclusion Design and Implementation. Myla has an unfaltering commitment to respect, equity, thoughtfulness, and intentionality and grounds her work in “calling people in and not out.”

Save the dates of Tuesday October 26 and Tuesday November 23 for two additional Round Tables exploring this theme.

 

Oct
26
Tue
Round Table: “Undoing Past Harms” @ Webinar
Oct 26 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

For the remainder of the year we will be exploring the theme of the senior leader’s role in “Undoing Past Harms… While Leading Future Strategy.”

Many leaders, whether new or seasoned, are faced with undoing harms created by systemic injustices or former leaders of their organizations.

For example:
– are you having a difficult time engaging former or new staff because of past grievances?
– are you attempting to articulate a strategy for the future yet mired by ingrained harmful cultural norms?
– are you unintentionally perpetuating cultural biases?

This is a big topic which deserves time to explore and that’s why we’ve dedicated September, October & November’s gathering’s to discuss this theme.

Round Tables for Senior Leaders are designed to benefit senior leaders from creative businesses and nonprofit organizations to convene with peers to discuss ideas, context, and emotions; to make sense; and re-orient their visions and actions.

Our facilitator is Myla Skinner, Founder and Managing Partner of Quarter Five which supports businesses and organizations as they navigate complex and consequential change such as Executive Leadership Transitions and Team Restructures; Diversity, and Equity, and Inclusion Design and Implementation. Myla has an unfaltering commitment to respect, equity, thoughtfulness, and intentionality and grounds her work in “calling people in and not out.”

Save the date of Tuesday November 23 for an additional Round Table exploring this theme.

 

Nov
23
Tue
Round Table: “Undoing Past Harms” @ Webinar
Nov 23 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

For the remainder of the year we will be exploring the theme of the senior leader’s role in “Undoing Past Harms… While Leading Future Strategy.”

Many leaders, whether new or seasoned, are faced with undoing harms created by systemic injustices or former leaders of their organizations.

For example:
– are you having a difficult time engaging former or new staff because of past grievances?
– are you attempting to articulate a strategy for the future yet mired by ingrained harmful cultural norms?
– are you unintentionally perpetuating cultural biases?

This is a big topic which deserves time to explore and that’s why we’ve dedicated September, October & November’s gathering’s to discuss this theme.

Round Tables for Senior Leaders are designed to benefit senior leaders from creative businesses and nonprofit organizations to convene with peers to discuss ideas, context, and emotions; to make sense; and re-orient their visions and actions.

Our facilitator is Myla Skinner, Founder and Managing Partner of Quarter Five which supports businesses and organizations as they navigate complex and consequential change such as Executive Leadership Transitions and Team Restructures; Diversity, and Equity, and Inclusion Design and Implementation. Myla has an unfaltering commitment to respect, equity, thoughtfulness, and intentionality and grounds her work in “calling people in and not out.”