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Business Tue May 05 2009

The Arts, Seeking Your Smarts

These days, arts organizations flounder as the economy slouches towards a Hooverville redux. Plus many of those wacky liberals gave all their cash to Obama instead of their fave arts nonprofits. But you can help. The Arts & Business Council of Chicago seeks volunteers with business experience to act as pro bono consultants for local arts organizations.

Qualifications are:

-A minimum of five years of professional experience
-Expertise in marketing, public relations, strategic and business planning, accounting, financial management, IT, and human resources
-An interest in the arts
-Willingness to commit 5-10 hours per month

Joining the program means a sense of accomplishment (finally!) and a resume booster for you, while the arts organizations get some extra smarty-pants help when they need it most.

The deadline to apply is June 12th, and the training for accepted applicants is June 19th. There is a $100 fee for participating, but discuss with the organizers if that's a hardship. Details and application are online (disregard the outdated deadlines).

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Doug / May 5, 2009 4:11 PM

Great idea, but why would they charge people $100 to work pro bono?

Doug / May 5, 2009 4:11 PM

Great idea, but why would they charge people $100 to work pro bono?

Lindsay / May 8, 2009 2:31 PM

Hi Doug - I contacted the Arts and Business Council... the fee is actually just to pay for staff to match and train all the volunteers. The Arts & Biz council is really small with not much earned income. Plus once you've done this program once, you can participate again with no additional fee. And again, organizers told me that if this was a hardship, volunteers should ask about options. -LM

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Architecture Tue Nov 03 2015

Paul Goldberger Describes the "Pragmatism and Poetry" of Frank Gehry's Architecture in His New Book

By Nancy Bishop

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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Steve at the Movies Fri Jan 01 2016

Best Feature Films & Documentaries of 2015

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