2017 Gubernatorial Arts Forum

A public conversation on the role of arts, culture, and creativity in Illinois communities.

Monday, September 11, 2017 at 7:30pm
The Albert Theatre at Goodman Theatre
170 N Dearborn St, Chicago

Alison Cuddy, Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director of the Chicago Humanities Festival, and Craig Dellimore, Political Editor at WBBM Newsradio, will co-host and moderate this roundtable discussion on issues of importance and relevance to the arts, culture, and creative industries ahead of the Illinois Gubernatorial Primary and the November 6, 2018 General Election. 

Invitations to participate were extended regardless of party affiliation. Confirmed to attend are State Senator Daniel Biss, representing Illinois’ Ninth District; Bob Daiber, Regional Superintendent of Schools for Madison County; and J. B. Pritzker, Founder of the Pritzker Group. Any additional participants in the Forum will be announced at later dates. 

While admission to the 2017 Gubernatorial Arts Forum is free, space is limited and seating cannot be guaranteed for walk-ups. Attendees are encouraged to book complimentary tickets in advance, online at GoodmanTheatre.org/GovArtsForum or by phone at 312-443-3800. The Goodman Theatre Box Office is open daily from noon–5pm CST. 

Submit your question to the Forum in advance by visiting bit.ly/GovArtsForum or by using the hashtag #GovArtsForum on social media.

Remembering Katie Kurcz

Dear Friends,
It is with a heavy heart that we share this news. Our dear friend and colleague Katie Kurcz passed away last week from cancer. She had the most beautiful soul. She had a way of connecting people and making friends with whomever she met. She was incredibly passionate about the transformative power of the arts and had such a profound impact on our world. 
We at A&BC have loved having her leadership and friendship over the past 8 years. We have no doubt she touched hundreds of lives the same way she touched ours. The arts community has lost a true visionary and advocate.
Her family has not yet scheduled a memorial service. If you would like to share your condolences, please email us and we will share them with her family. Katie was deeply involved with Snow City Arts, an organization that provides arts education to hospitalized children. Should you be looking for a way to continue her legacy, please consider supporting them. 
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we grieve the loss of a true friend and family member.
Andrew, Kristin, Noemi, Sarah, and Kristen

Kristin Larsen to Return to Arts and Business Council as New Executive Director

April 19, 2017

Kristin Larsen to Return to Arts and Business Council as New Executive Director

CHICAGO—Kristin Larsen has been named Executive Director of the Arts and Business Council of Chicago (A&BC) succeeding Andrew Micheli who recently stepped down to return to focus on his artistic career.

“Kristin emerged as the ideal candidate given her experience, knowledge of the Chicago nonprofit art scene, and A&BC operations both from the program delivery and client perspective,” said A&BC Board Chair Joel Farran.  “Her passion to grow A&BC’s core programs while serving emerging community needs is energizing.”

Larsen will start May 15.  She will return to the A&BC where she was Director of Programs from 2001-2002.  Under Kristin’s leadership, A&BC will continue to catalyze the intersection of the business and arts communities to build strong, active neighborhoods in Chicago.

“Art and culture play a role in everyday life and they are essential to the well-being of our city.” Larsen said.  “I am thrilled to carry on fostering partnerships between the corporate and culture communities, stimulating sector innovation, and growing Chicago’s reputation as a global cultural destination.”   

Kristin brings with her 15 years of experience in an Executive Director capacity managing all aspects of nonprofit theater operations in addition to her board service, grant review, and academic faculty and mentorship experience. Most recently she served as Executive Director of Lukaba Productions/Stage 773 in Chicago.

Toby Sachs, Interim Executive Director will continue to serve in an interim capacity until May 15 and will support to assure a smooth transition.

Ensuring a Smooth Transition-Interim Executive Director Named

March 9, 2017

Ensuring a Smooth Transition – Interim Executive Director Named

Toby Sachs will be joining the Arts & Business Council of Chicago as Interim Executive Director on March 20th, 2017. He will provide important continuity in oversight of operations as A&BC completes a search for a permanent Executive Director (ED) successor following Andrew Micheli’s decision to step down at the end of the fiscal year.
Toby is an experienced executive leader and brings with him a wealth of corporate and non-profit experience. He is no stranger to the A&BC, serving as a pro-bono consultant with A&BC’s Business Volunteers for the Arts program for a decade, leading 11 successful client projects. In all, he has served as a pro-bono consultant to more than 30 non-profits in and around Chicago including assisting current A&BC leadership with brand and strategic visioning. 
Toby’s passion, pragmatism, and wealth of knowledge will ensure a successful transition through permanent ED placement. His career in major advertising agencies in London and Chicago spans 30 years, building brands and shaping strategy for the likes of Kellogg’s, Kraft, Procter & Gamble, Pfizer and Boeing. He led teams that won over $1 billion of new business billings in each of three different agencies and served as CEO to both LeoHealth, a division of Leo Burnett, and mcgarrybowen London. 
Toby will be attending A&BC’s March Board meeting and Annual Benefit Luncheon & Reception on March 21, 11:30am – 1:30pm.
Please join the A&BC community in its dedication to the convergence of Arts, Business and Community - The “ABC’s” of building strong, active neighborhoods throughout Chicago, and in welcoming Toby Sachs to A&BC.
Interested candidates in the permanent Executive Director role should direct inquiries to A&BC Board President, Joel Farran, at boardpresident@artsbiz-chicago.org