Welcome Prospective A&BC Volunteers!

The Arts & Business Council’s volunteer opportunities are designed to connect business professionals to volunteer opportunities with nonprofit arts organizations in the Chicago area. Business volunteers work with arts nonprofits on skills-based consulting projects to address the organizations’ management needs and On BOARD candidates fill critical needs in art organizations’ boards of directors.

Each year, our corps of over 300 volunteers works with our client organizations in fields including dance, theater, music, performance, arts education, galleries, literary organizations, and cultural centers.

Business Volunteers for the Arts (BVA)

The BVA program recruits and trains experienced business professionals and matches them to serve on pro-bono consulting projects with small-to-medium-sized nonprofit arts organizations throughout the Chicago area. These projects, which range from 2-6 months long, are geared towards professionals looking for shorter-term volunteer engagements.

On BOARD

The On BOARD program recruits and trains business professionals for board service and matches them to the boards of small-to-medium-sized arts nonprofits in the Chicago area. Board terms, which are usually 2-3 years long, are ideal for professionals looking for longer-term volunteer engagements.

Attention Employers

BVA consultants and On BOARD candidates undergo extensive training in preparation to work with arts organizations. Encouraging your employees to volunteer with A&BC is a powerful way to develop your next generation of leaders. Our opportunities introduce them to a wide network of business professionals and allow them to build and develop professional skills they wouldn’t normally use in their day-to-day work.