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 open now to join the Illinois team for the 2019 National Arts Action Summit in Washington, DC on March 4 and 5. Click here to get started.

Complimentary tickets are available now for the 2019 Chicago Mayoral Arts Forum, February 10 at Broadway In Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse. Click here to learn more.

The Alliance’s new Arts Move Policy (AMP) Series — public presentations focused on intersections between arts and culture and civic and social issues — continues through spring 2019 with events focused on Arts + Immigration, Arts + Technology, and Arts + the Military. Keep an eye on your inbox and Alliance social media @ArtsAllianceIL for more information and remember, registration is FREE to current Individual Members as well as staff at Alliance Member Organizations and Enterprise Partners.

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

Recent Events

Thanks to those who joined us December 10 for the Alliance AMP Series: Arts + Civic Engagement, featuring Chicago VotesState MattersMarj Halperin, and Tom Cross. As Illinois artists are serving as leaders in civic engagement, educating the public about government and empowering citizen participation in democracy, we looked at innovative examples of arts-fueled civic engagement in Illinois, analyzed the federal and state-level midterm election results, and discussed their potential impact on arts, culture, and arts education.

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.

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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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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.