On BOARD® is the Arts & Business Council of Chicago’s unique program that provides arts, cultural, and creative organizations with the opportunity to meet trained individuals who are ready to engage as active board members. 

We recruit passionate, skilled Chicagoans who want to make a difference in their community. They attend training that covers the major aspects of board service and learn how to be effective ambassadors. Individuals who successfully complete the full program demonstrate an understanding and commitment to upholding high standards of nonprofit board governance.  

Although the program assists organizations in identifying qualified board member prospects, placements are not guaranteed. 

Through On BOARD®, arts, cultural, and creative leaders are also able to attend training to enhance their understanding of board governance. Interested organizations can read more about the On BOARD® Labs curriculum below.

On BOARD® Labs 

A board of directors is responsible for the health and strategic direction of the nonprofit organization. A&BC’s On BOARD® Labs dive deep into nonprofit management and board governance issues to give you the experience and skills you need to lead. 

On BOARD® Labs are open to current board members and staff leaders of arts and cultural organizations who are looking for education on nonprofit management and the roles and responsibilities of board members. The full program consists of four On BOARD® Labs. Participants can attend single sessions or the full program. 

Fall 2020 Tuition

Full Tuition: $200 – Purchase a class pack and save!
Individual Sessions: $35


  • Feb 8 – Arts Organization Structures & Board Responsibilities
  • Mar 7 – Fiduciary Responsibilities of a Board Member
  • Apr 4 – Nonprofit Finances, Budgeting, & Tax Issues
  • May 2– Fundraising & Arts Advocacy


  • Sept 14 – Arts Organization Structures & Board Responsibilities
  • Sept 28 – Legal & Fiduciary Responsibilities of Board Members
  • Oct 12 – Nonprofit Board Committee Structures & Strategic Planning
  • Oct 26 – Nonprofit Finances, Budgeting & Tax Issues
  • Nov 9 – Nonprofit Fundraising
  • Nov 23 – Arts Advocacy for Nonprofit Board Members
Board Recruitment Opportunities 

By invitation only through 2020. There will be a limited number of open opportunities for nonprofit organizations to recruit prospective board members, volunteers, and supporters at A&BC’s Arts & Drafts networking events.


For more information, email Braden Cleary at bcleary@artsbiz-chicago.org or call 312.372.1876 ext. 105.

Cancellation Policy

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC) reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule any training for which registrants will receive a full refund. Full refunds may be issued if a cancellation request is made within 5 business days of purchase date. No refunds are issued for cancellations within 72 hours of the training. No refunds will be issued for “no shows.” 

Individual Trainings

In the event of a registered individual’s cancellation for individual trainings, A&BC will retain an administrative fee of 30% of the cost of the training. 

Full Program

If you cannot attend a training, you may be issued a credit equal to the value of the registration fee to be used towards a future board training. The credit must be used within one year of purchase or the credit is forfeited. This allows A&BC to plan for event capacity and keep costs affordable.