Invest in Chicago’s Creative Future


Do you believe that creativity should be universally valued as a resource with limitless potential for social and economic impact? So do we. Please consider making a donation or other investment in the services we provide for Chicago’s cultural workers and enterprises. Together we can work to ensure community vitality and an equitable creative economy.

A&BC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts service organization founded in 1985 to strengthen Chicago’s creative economy. Our two overarching objectives are to:

  • Empower creatives and their enterprises through programming that helps them grow capacity to fulfill their vision, and;
  • Model organizational sustainability by growing our own capacity to inspire accountability, persistence, integrity, and respect among our colleagues in the creative economy.

We believe that relationships matter so we value kindness, sincerity, and honesty as they inspire empowerment and transformation. We also believe that diversity builds capacity so we value the inclusion of multiple identities and perspectives, enabling us to make better decisions. And we believe that mutuality is essential so we value partnerships with those who also champion policies and practices of social equity and justice.

We champion policies and practices of racial equity that empower a just and creative Chicago. To contribute to real change, the Arts & Business Council of Chicago will raise questions of racial equity in our organization and in the arts and culture sector at large, and we encourages our partners to join us as we listen, learn, and grow.

Our efforts are funded entirely by contributions from individuals, corporations, governments, and foundations. Please join us.


There are several ways to help:

For more information about contributing to A&BC, email Kristin Larsen, Executive Director, at or call 312.372.1876 ext. 101.

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The Arts & Business Council of Chicago is supported in part by grants from the Alphawood Foundation,  City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events – CityArts; Driehaus Foundation, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Illinois Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts; and Allstate, AON, Boeing, CIBC and Old National Bank.