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On BOARD is the Arts & Business Council of Chicago’s (A&BC) unique program that provides arts and cultural organizations with the opportunity to meet with highly-qualified and trained individuals who are ready to engage as active board members.

We recruit business professionals who are passionate about the arts and want to make a difference in their community. These individuals attend trainings that cover the major aspects of board service and how to be effective ambassadors for the organization they join. The goal at the end of the program is for an individual to match with a participating organization.

Our On BOARD Director Noemi Garcia is here to be your guide throughout the program and help facilitate a match between an individual and your organization.

We offer the On BOARD program three times a year:

  • Winter session runs February – May
  • Spring session runs May – August
  • Fall session runs September – January

If accepted into the program, you will be required to send 1-2 organization representatives to the Meet the Boards networking event. This event is your first opportunity to meet the individuals participating in the program. The Meet the Boards events are held on Wednesdays from 5:30-8pm in downtown Chicago.

Meet the Boards Dates

  • Winter: February 13, 2019 – Application deadline is Jan 11
  • Spring: May 29, 2019 – Application deadline is May 3
  • Fall: September 25, 2019 – Application deadline is Aug 23

Eligibility Requirements

  • Active A&BC client
  • Up-to-date board member expectations sheet
  • 2 or more non-founding, non-staff board members
  • General Liability insurance (required starting January 1, 2019)
  • Directors & Officers insurance (required starting January 1, 2019)
  • Must provide comp tickets to events during the program session
  • Programming during the first 2-3 months of the program session
  • Regular board meeting schedule

Apply Today

Currently an A&BC client and ready to submit your On BOARD application?


Your organization must be an active client of A&BC to be eligible for participation. If you have not come in for a formal consultation with A&BC’s staff in the past 3 years or if you have had leadership changes within your organization, you will first need to submit a New Client Application.

Formal program acceptances and deferrals will be sent out two weeks prior to that session’s Meet the Boards date.

Program Fee

The program fee is nonrefundable and not dependent on you matching with an On BOARD candidate.

Organization’s Annual Budget Participation Fee
<$450,000 $350
$450,000 – $850,000 $550
>$850,000 $750


If you have questions or want to learn more about the On BOARD program, please contact On BOARD Director Noemi Garcia at ngarcia@artsbiz-chicago.org or 312-372-1876 x103.