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


Stay tuned for the next events in our AMP (Arts Move Policy) Series. AMP focuses on intersections between arts and culture and civic and social issues — how creatives are making a difference across Illinois communities, and how you can get involved. 

Recent AMP events include Arts + Military with speakers National Veterans Art Museum, CreatiVets, and Arts Quincy on May 4, 2019,  Arts + Technology featuring Laurie Baskin, Drew McManus, and the Chicago Center for Arts and Technology on April 18, 2019, Arts + Immigration featuring Joseph Josué Mora, Aram Han Sifuentes, and Dr. Christina Gómez on February 28, 2019, and Arts + Civic Engagement featuring Chicago VotesState MattersMarj Halperin, and Tom Cross on December 10, 2018.

The Arts Move Policy Series is generously funded by The Joyce Foundation and the Chauncey and Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation.

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MAY 2019

On May 14, the Alliance hosted "Supporting a Creative Life in Chicago," a conversation about the arts, culture, and creativity in Chicago and what Mayor Lori Lightfoot should do to support access to a creative life for all. Feedback from the sessions was shared with Mayor-elect Lightfoot, mayoral staff, and the transition team. As part of The Chicago Community Trust's On the Table, these conversations were among dozens taking place across the region in one day, engaging thousands of Chicagoans.

MARCH 2019

On March 5-6, the Alliance led a team of 29 Illinois arts advocates, representing multiple arts, sectors, and regions of Illinois, to Washington, DC for the National Arts Action Summit (NAAS). The two-day event brought together hundreds of artists, administrators, and advocates from around the country. As one of the largest state teams at NAAS, our group collectively met with the offices of every Illinois representative and senator to discuss our creative state. For more recap on the experience of the Illinois team, search #ILArtsDC on social media.

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On February 10, the Alliance, in partnership with Host Sponsor Broadway and Supporting Sponsor the League of Chicago Theatres, hosted the 2019 Chicago Mayoral Arts Forum at Broadway Playhouse. Five candidates participated, including eventual run-off candidates Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle. Click here to view the full video online, courtesy of HMS Media, and don’t forget to vote in the Chicago Municipal Election run-off on April 2, 2019.

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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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JUNE 2018

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 Annual Benefit Luncheon and our Statewide Listening Tour.