The calm in Chicago before the winter storm is anything but calm. I love this time of year; the invigorated and almost frantic pace with which everyone runs about, trying to get as much of the lingering sun, the errands, and socializing as possible before the snow and the chill settles in over the city, shuttling us back indoors, where we stay, with our chili and our Netflix queue.
But for now, movement. Activity. Events! So many! We promised you a couple weeks ago that we’d have plenty to share with you in November and that was no guff. (Aside: “Guff.” Great word. Very “Dad word.”) Lately we’ve been highlighting a number of new member organizations whose work primarily falls in social equity and education, but we believe, too, in the immeasurable importance of culture and art. From the Green House Theatre to the Chicago Composers Orchestra, Woman Made Gallery and Access Contemporary Music, we firmly believe in the value and missions of Chicago’s nonprofit arts community. We are obviously far from alone in this sentiment, and from within this community of patrons, businesses, and aficionados emerges The Arts & Business Council of Chicago’s annual gala, Art in Motion.
This November, A & BC celebrates 26 years of supporting hundreds of Chicago-area nonprofit arts and culture organizations by providing their management with quality educational, assessment and advisory services, and by partnering them with expert volunteers from the for-profit business sector. The gala will bring together 300 business, civic, and cultural leaders for a special evening celebrating the Chicago arts community. Check out the details below!
Friday, November 11
5:30 – 10:00 PM
River East Art Center
A&BC’s annual benefit gala – ArtinMotion – is on Friday, November 11, 5:30-10pm, at the stunning River East Art Center, 435 East Illinois Street. This event will feature cocktails, exciting silent and live auction packages, a savory dinner and exhilarating performances by local arts ensembles. This year A&BC’s featured performers include the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Congo Square Theatre, Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, the People’s Music School and Aloft Aerial Dance. For the first time ever, A&BC is offering a special Entertainment Only ticket, for $100, which includes after dinner cocktails and performances. Sponsors for the evening include BlueCross BlueShield of IL, Crain’s Chicago Business, The Segal Company, The Boeing Company, Accenture, Bank of America, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and more. Ticket registration is athttp://www.artsbiz-chicago.org/events/ or (312) 372-1876 ext. 223.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Chicago arts community and its business leaders, and to support local organizations. We know there are more than a few of you zealous do-gooders out there who are passionate about creating sustainable and accessible spaces for the arts in this city; this one is definitely for you.
More on the Arts and Business Council of Chicago:
The A&BC of Chicago, founded in 1985, links the strengths of the cultural and business sectors to promote community growth and vitality through the arts. From workshops and forums to consulting projects, board placements and one-on-one coaching, A&BC offers multiple ways for organizations to gain mastery in the business of the arts. For more information, visit www.artsbiz-chicago.org.