Arts Alliance Illinois is the state's leading voice for the arts and arts education. Through advocacy, research, and collaboration, we give voice to a creative state.

The Alliance was founded in 1982 when a small group of artists and arts administrators joined forces to combat the threatened elimination of state funding for the arts in Illinois. Out of these early advocacy efforts, Arts Alliance Illinois was born. Today, with more than 25,000 active subscribers and hundreds of member organizations, the Alliance has become the largest statewide arts advocacy network in the country. Through research, close collaboration with policymakers and public agencies, and robust communications, the Alliance advances widespread support of all the arts, enhances the health of the arts and cultural sector, and fosters a climate in which the broadest spectrum of artistic expression can flourish.

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At Arts Alliance Illinois, we envision a world where the arts are central and indispensable to Illinois. People acknowledge the arts enhance quality of life, fuel creativity and innovation, sharpen the state's competitive edge, attract and retain talent, promote cross-cultural understanding, and connect Illinois nationally and globally.

Core Values

We believe in and our work is founded on creativity, collaboration, and community.

Focus Areas

Arts Advocacy

Arts Alliance Illinois helps you advance widespread support for the arts and arts education in your community. Learn more about arts advocacy.

Arts Education

Arts Alliance Illinois works to ensure every child receives a well-rounded education that includes the arts. Learn more about arts education.

Arts Research

Arts Alliance Illinois provides the facts and figures you need to make the case for the impact of the arts on our economy, neighborhoods, and schools. Learn more about arts research.

Arts Community

Arts Alliance Illinois unites and connects the arts sector. We offer you ideas and inspiration plus a community of arts-passionate people. Learn more about our events.