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Arts & Business Council of Chicago

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Board Development
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Race & Ethnicity


4725 N. RockwellChicago, IL 60625 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Our programming serves Chicago’s cultural workers and enterprises to ensure community vitality and an equitable creative economy. VISION We see a world where creativity is universally valued as a resource with limitless potential for social and economic impact. VALUES • Relationships Matter - We value kindness, sincerity, and honesty as they inspire empowerment and transformation. • Diversity Builds Capacity - We value the inclusion of multiple identities and perspectives, enabling us to make better decisions. • Mutuality is Essential - We value partnerships with those who also champion policies and practices of social equity and justice.


Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC) is an Arts Service Organization which enhances organizational resiliency through capacity building. Capacity building is an intentional effort to improve an organization's effectiveness and sustainability, resulting in the organization successfully executing its mission.

Since 1985 A&BC has engaged with over 600 unique arts and culture organizations, enhancing their organizational resiliency through sequenced capacity building (known as our "continuum of care"), using tools including assessment, direct consulting, educational, and networking programs that strengthen management, administrative and organizational systems.

A&BC serves all arts and cultural producers, by working with administrative and artistic leaders, staff, and volunteers from Chicago’s creative community from a range of budget sizes and longevity, no matter their artistic discipline. We primarily serve emerging to mid-sized organizations with operating budgets under $1.5M.


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