A&BC’s mission is to develop leadership, the business of arts, and the art of business in Chicago.
We believe our work is vital to sustaining Chicago’s creative AND corporate sectors. We believe the arts can bridge divides, open dialogues, and create understanding—all three tools essential in working toward diversity, access, equity, and inclusion.
A&BC can meet this challenge by continuing its decades-long work of building working relationships between not-for-profit arts organizations and highly qualified business professionals who serve as volunteers; by providing training in all aspects of management and board function; and by conducting research in leading and emerging issues related to the world of arts nonprofits.
Through its flagship programs, each year, A&BC serves more than 100 not for profit art organizations representing an estimated 3,600 artists and 260,000 patrons, as well as working with more than 140 business professionals as both short- and long-term volunteers. Flagship programs are: the smARTscope© assessment tool; Business Volunteers for the Arts (BVA) skilled-based volunteering; On BOARD governance training and board-service matching; Breakfast Club peer-to-peer learning; and Learning Labs, an educational series on arts management topics and best practices.
The goals of Arts & Business Council of Chicago are:
- To enhance the organizational capacity of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations through A&BC’s Continuum of Care and programs including management consulting, educational labs, and governance training and board member matching;
- To train, match and support business volunteers in their partnership with arts organizations’ specifically on skills-based consulting projects and governance essentials;
- To create, adapt, and promote systems that create a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive arts and culture sector, and to commit to an anti-racist agenda, both internally and through all programs.