Calendar 2018-09-18T10:27:17-05:00

Jun
27
Thu
Lab: Digital Community Engagement Tactics @ WeWork State Street
Jun 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Building your digital community and social media presence can often be seen as a daunting task for nonprofits that are often fraught with limited budgets and staffing capacity. In this Learning Lab, Kelsey Riley will provide practical community engagement tactics for social media that will help your organization establish its brand voice and build an organic following. Whether you are looking to revisit your social media strategy or start from scratch, these tools will prove to be helpful for you. Attendees will walk away with useful tips and a clearer understanding of what it takes to own your approach to your organization’s social media presence and how this strategy can lend itself to a better understanding of the people you impact through your work online and offline. At this Learning Lab, arts and cultural leaders will experience a brand audit, review key social media platforms, explore social media analytics, and more.

Instructor: Kelsey Riley / Creative Consultant

Click here to read Kelsey’s bio.

For more information, and accessibility accommodations, email Braden Cleary at bcleary@artsbiz-chicago.org or call 312.372.1876 x 105.

Presenter Bio:

Kelsey Riley is an independent event, marketing, and project management consultant who helps brands and organizations tell stories, impact people, leverage relationships, and increase brand awareness.

Having years of experience in communications, event management, and marketing, she has lent her services to Art of Culture, Inc. (formerly known as Donda’s House), an arts education non-profit as Social Media Manager. She has provided project-based consulting services to creatives, organizations, and brands based in Chicago and remotely as well. Past clients include Contexture TV, Vic Mensa, Red Bull’s 30 Days in Chicago, Vocalo Radio 91.1 FM and currently include Chicago Public Schools. She has also contributed to digital publications including Blavity, My Creative Connection and more on various topics such as #BlackLivesMatter, and emerging icons in pop culture. She has been honored for her commitment to using her platform for advocacy and social justice by rolling out the Chicago Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and more. Among these honors, in 2016, she was selected to be a Social Media Ambassador for the 2016 Aspen Institute Symposium “State of Race” in Washington, DC.

In recent years, she has contributed to Twitter chats for blkcreatives (“Social Media + The Revolution”), facilitated workshops at Social Media Week, and has been featured as a panelist for events that spark invigorating dialogue on various topics including branding strategy and the entrepreneurship journey. An emerging visionary and cultural entrepreneur who identifies as queer, Kelsey continues to advocate for the support of Black and Brown LGBTQIA+ creatives in Chicago and beyond. She is also an advocate for self-care and mental health awareness as a survivor of sexual assault and domestic abuse. You can find on her Twitter and Instagram @KRileyTips. You can also follow the hashtag #krileytips across social media platforms.

Jul
18
Thu
Summer Bash 2019 @ Bridgeport Art Center
Jul 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

 

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Bridgeport Arts Center
1200 W. 35th Street

 

Summer Bash is BACK!

This year’s festivities will take place at the spectacular Bridgeport Arts Center, a working space peppered with artist studios, galleries, and sculpture.

Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with a summer soundtrack by DJ C (Jake Trussell). Throughout the evening, guests will have the opportunity to sip on cool drinks, enjoy live entertainment, peruse a market of local creative enterprises, and mingle with fellow arts supporters – all in support of Chicago’s culture and commerce!

Food trucks Tazacos Gourmet Tacos, Jamaican Cuisine, and Harold’s Chicken will be on deck with a variety of edible delights for purchase. For those who might find themselves wanting to capture the unforgettable evening, a Vivid Image photobooth awaits! Complimentary après performance sweets are also yours for the taking courtesy of Panache Ganache, culinary creators of decedent urbane cakes and confections.

And just when you think this evening can’t sound any better… The pièce de résistance: UNLIMITED ICED SHANDY, SANGRIA & BEER!

Summer Bash celebrates the Arts & Business Council of Chicago’s work and the many Chicagoans who make it happen. This year’s festivities also support our goal of reaching all 77 of the city’s community areas, by 2020. Grab your tickets and champion the city’s arts!

      

For more information, email info@artsbiz-chicago.org or call 312.372.1876, ext. 101.
Proceeds from this event directly benefit the Arts & Business Council of Chicago and the Bridgeport area nonprofits they serve.

Our Partners & Supporters

 

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago recognizes the generosity of Bridgeport Art Center and support from Paul Levy, former A&BC board chair and VP, Prairie Management Corporation.

Parking

 

Open parking is available at Bridgeport Art Center’s north parking lot.

About Bridgeport Art Center

 

The Bridgeport Art Center was established in 2001 and is a visually breathtaking creative home for artists, designers, and working professionals. Located in the former Spiegel Catalog Warehouse, this 500,000 square foot building features high ceilings with wood beams, exposed brick, and large windows with incredible city views.  This raw industrial work space is suitable for inspiration, woodworking, metal design, office spaces, and manufacturing / distribution.

Bridgeport Art Center also boasts two stunning event venues and three curated art galleries.  Our goal is to continually serve as a resource for imaginative minds and to be a home to the emerging and evolving Chicago area art scene.

Jul
24
Wed
Lab: It’s Not All About the Give/Get: A New Model for Assessing Board Contribution @ WeWork State Street
Jul 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A superb board member brings a wealth of time, treasure, and talent to an organization. So why do we continue to evaluate and prospect board members strictly on financial capacity? If a board of directors is to reflect the community it serves, the sector must consider more equitable models of assessment.

Arts & Business Council of Chicago Executive Director Kristin Larsen will present her innovative, point-based, assessment model for boards of directors. Larsen  will guide you through using a points-based evaluation system to reduce anxiety around giving capacities and create an equitable board of directors that is welcoming to marginalized groups.

In practice, this fresh accountability system increases committee participation, mobilizes current board members to prospect new members and donors, and ignites a sense of self-governance that reduces stress and time for the Executive Director. You’ll leave this Lab with an action plan to define the entire scope of what your board of directors can bring to the organization and design your own point-based assessment model that’s not all about the give/get.

Presenter Bio:

Kristin Larsen rejoined the Arts & Business Council of Chicago in 2017 after serving as Director of Programs in the early aughts. Prior to returning to A&BC, Kristin was Executive Director of Stage 773 (2013-2017), a performance venue in Lakeview and  Executive Director of Remy Bumppo Theater Company from 2002 to 2012. From 1995 to 2000 Kristin was a business representative with Actors’ Equity Association after many years of being an Equity Stage Manager. Kristin has her BFA in production management from The Theatre School, DePaul University and her MA in facilitating organizational effectiveness in the arts from DePaul University’s School for New Learning. Kristin serves on Americans for the Arts Private Sector Council, The Actors Fund Central Region Advisory Council, Pivot Arts Advisory Council and volunteers with DePaul’s Alumni Sharing Knowledge program and the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee. Kristin is an active member of the Unitarian Church of Evanston.

Jul
27
Sat
Business Volunteers for the Arts: Summer Orientation
Jul 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Business Volunteers for the Arts® (BVA) connects skilled professionals with arts and cultural organizations in need of management assistance. Are you ready to join our pro bono consulting program and lend your professional abilities? Apply in time for our next volunteer orientation!

Orientations are offered in the winter, spring, summer and fall. Individuals wishing to join must submit a volunteer application, and participate in an introductory interview, prior to an orientation.

Application Deadline: Sunday, July 7. Apply here.

For more information on the BVA program, click here.

Aug
21
Wed
Lab: What is Public Relations and Why is it Important? @ WeWork State Street
Aug 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

More information coming soon!

Instructor: Vanessa Abron
Agency Abron Public Relations

Presenter Bio:

Vanessa Abron is a public relations professional with expertise in securing positive media coverage for brands in national and local media outlets such as Good Morning America, Extra, The Insider, The Huffington Post, The Breakfast Club, the Associated Press, and ABC News to name a few.  Some of her past client work includes, but aren’t limited to, Aflac, Illinois Lottery, Chicago 2016, Pringles, Adidas, Salesforce.com, ComEd, American Optometric Association, Mercedes-Benz, Nike, Interscope Records, Def Jam Recording, Virgin Records and Reebok.  Vanessa’s experience represents a broad range of public relations initiatives in a variety of industries, making her a valuable asset to any campaign. She accredits her success on her passion for continuously building positive relationships with a broad spectrum of individuals combined with her steadfast commitment to ensuring that the media, community and the client all receive mutually beneficial rewards from any project.

Sep
14
Sat
Board Training: Arts Organization Structures & Board Responsibilities @ Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Sep 14 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

BOARD MEMBER TRAINING

Presenter: Kristin Larsen, Executive Director, Arts & Business Council of Chicago

Topics include:

  • Structures of arts and cultural organizations and their boards
  • Life cycle of nonprofit organizations, from the founding board to the working board and the governing board—board governance, staffing and structure, income generation, and programming models
  • Expectations of board contributions of time, talent, and treasure
  • Relationship between the board and staff, and challenges posed by staffing and board transitions

This training also features an arts administrator leadership panel and an On BOARD alumni panel.

Price: $150

Advance registration is required as space is limited. We will not accept walk-up registrations. For questions about this training, please contact Noemi Garcia at ngarcia@artsbiz-chicago.org.

 

Sep
25
Wed
On BOARD: Fall Meet the Boards
Sep 25 @ 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 board members can contribute to the organization.

Interested organizations must fill out an arts client On BOARD application – the deadline for which is August 23, 2019.

Meet the Boards is by invitation only.

Oct
19
Sat
Board Training: Nonprofit Finances, Budgeting, & Tax Issues @ Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

BOARD MEMBER TRAINING

Speaker: Megan Angle, CPA & Manager, Porte Brown LLC

Learning objectives include:

  • Financial oversight; policy creation and compliance; and safeguarding of assets
    • Policies: conflict of interest, whistleblower, document retention & destruction, executive compensation, etc.
  • Achieving financial accountability
  • What occurs during an audit and when you need one
  • Managing cash flow
  • Taxes including payroll, UBIT, and changes to GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles)
  • Maintaining nonprofit status through tax compliance – filing with the IRS and other government entities

Price: $150

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

For questions, please contact Noemi Garcia at ngarcia@artsbiz-chicago.org.

 

Oct
26
Sat
Business Volunteers for the Arts: Fall Orientation
Oct 26 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Business Volunteers for the Arts® (BVA) connects skilled professionals with arts and cultural organizations in need of management assistance. Are you ready to join our pro bono consulting program and lend your professional abilities? Apply in time for our next volunteer orientation!

Orientations are offered in the winter, spring, summer and fall. Individuals wishing to join must submit a volunteer application, and participate in an introductory interview, prior to an orientation.

Application Deadline: Sunday, October 6. Apply here.

For more information on the BVA program, click here.

Nov
16
Sat
Board Training: Legal & Fiduciary Responsibilities; Non-governing Boards @ Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Nov 16 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

BOARD MEMBER TRAINING

Learning objectives include:

  • Laws governing nonprofit boards of directors
  • The role of the director: responsibilities & restrictions
  • Bylaws
  • Understanding the importance of Directors & Officers insurance
  • Duty of Care, Duty of Loyalty, and Duty of Obedience
  • Conflict of interest
  • Executive leadership responsibilities
  • Committees and non-governing boards – associate, auxiliary, advisory

Price: $150

For questions about this training, please contact Noemi Garcia at ngarcia@artsbiz-chicago.org.