Arts Alliance Illinois unites and connects the arts sector. Our events offer ideas and inspiration, shared with your communities of arts-passionate people.

Upcoming Events

Registration is now open for the inaugural event in our new AMP (Arts Move Policy) Series — public presentations focused on intersections between arts and culture and civic and social issues. Five events through May 2019 will focus on subjects such as Arts + Immigration, Arts + the Military, and Arts + Technology. Please join us on Monday, December 10 for the Alliance AMP Series: Arts + Civic Engagement, featuring Chicago Votes, State Matters, Marj Halperin, and Tom Cross. Illinois artists are serving as leaders in civic engagement, educating the public about government and empowering citizen participation in democracy. We’ll look at innovative examples of arts-fueled civic engagement in Illinois, analyze the federal and state-level midterm election results, and discuss their potential impact on arts, culture, and arts education. Click here to learn more.

The Arts Move Policy Series is generously funded by The Joyce Foundation and the Chauncey and Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation. The Alliance wishes to thank Member Organization the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University for hosting the Alliance AMP Series: Arts + Civic Engagement.

Recent Events

Thanks to those who joined us October 21–23 for Galesburg XCHANGE 2018, the tenth One State Together in the Arts conference. Additional preconference events for Local Arts Agencies based in Illinois kicked off this statewide convening for the arts, culture, and creativity in Galesburg, Illinois. Visit to view videos from six full conference sessions, shot and streamed live by Andrew Suprenant and Adam D. Singer. Note these videos will be republished with closed captions at a later date.

One State 2018 Galesburg XCHANGE was produced in partnership by Arts Alliance Illinois and the Illinois Arts Council Agency, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Partner Sponsor Blick Art Materials and Supporting Sponsor Galesburg Community Foundation, Planning Partners Galesburg Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and Galesburg Chamber of Commerce, more than 60 presenters and artists, and our Galesburg Venue Partners: Knox College, the Orpheum Theatre, Discovery Depot Children’s Museum, Prairie Players Civic Theatre, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Central Congregational Church, The Box and Art Defined, The Kensington, Cherry Street Restaurant and Bar, Landmark Café and Crêperie, and Iron Spike Brewing Company.

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Thanks to those who joined us on Friday, June 22 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago for Brass Tacks: Making Equity Work in Arts and Culture. 

This action-oriented discussion on racial equity in the arts featured a keynote from Vu Le of Nonprofit AF and Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, and an esteemed panel including George Aye, William EstradaTonika JohnsonMeida Teresa McNealHilesh Patel, and Norman Teague, moderated by Kamilah Rashied. General admission was free to current members of Arts Alliance Illinois; regular admission was $15. Click here to become an Alliance member today.

Brass Tacks: Making Equity Work in Arts and Culture was offered in partnership with Enrich Chicago and the Art Leaders of Color Network, in conjunction with the 2018 Chorus America conference in Chicago, June 20–23, co-hosted by Chicago Children’s Choir and the Grant Park Music Festival.

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Learn more about our Sixth Annual Benefit Luncheon and our Statewide Listening Tour.