About Us

What We Do

Arts Alliance Illinois fights for arts resources and policies that benefit our members and all Illinois residents. As the only statewide, multidisciplinary organization concentrated on the strength of arts and culture, the Alliance takes on challenges that no single organization or artist can face alone.

 

Why We Do It

Because arts and culture are not a luxury. Artists and cultural organizations are integral in providing health, stability, joy, reflection, and change to all our communities.

COVID-19 has had a severe impact on the arts and culture sector and has made our work more urgent and important. If you are an artist or arts administrator looking for support, please find resources here. If you would like to support the work we’re doing, please consider making a donation.

 

Mission

Arts Alliance Illinois builds the vitality of communities statewide through service and advocacy, generating resources for the cultural sector and creative industries.

 

Our Staff

Our team is small but mighty! For general inquiries please email info@artsalliance.org. You can also reach us by telephone at 312.855.3105.

LIBIA BIANIBI

Associate Director – Operations and Policy

bianibi @ artsalliance.org

AISHA MOTLANI

ACLS Leading Edge Fellow

motlani @ artsalliance.org

CLAIRE RICE

Executive Director

rice @ artsalliance.org

KACIE SMITH

Program and Field Engagement Manager

smith @ artsalliance.org

JONATHAN VANDERBRUG

Deputy Director –
Civic Engagement

vanderbrug @ artsalliance.org

DIMI VENKOV

Senior Manager of Membership and Development

venkov @ artsalliance.org

TAYLOR WISHAM

Communications and Operations Associate

wisham @ artsalliance.org

Board of Directors

Are you passionate about advocacy and civic engagement in the arts? Contact Dimi Venkov to learn more about
joining the Arts Alliance Illinois Board of Directors.

Officers

MICHELLE BOONE

NAVY PIER, INC
BOARD CHAIR

Michael J. Hernandez

FRANCZEK P.C.
VICE CHAIR

Chris Jabin

The Joffrey Ballet
Secretary / Treasurer

Directors

JASON PALMQUIST

MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT

PHILLIP BAHAR

CHICAGO HUMANITIES FESTIVAL

MIMI DE CASTRO

MARKETING AND FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONAL

Kassie Davis

CME Group Foundation

E. Brooke Flanagan

Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Rena Henderson Mason

Bold Agenda

STACY PETERSON

CITY OF PEORIA, ILLINOIS

ELIGIO PIMENTEL

MCANDREWS

MARK RODRIGUEZ

HEARTLAND ALLIANCE

ROCHE SCHULFER

GOODMAN THEATRE

SCOTT SILBERSTEIN

HMS MEDIA

ANDREAS WALDBURG-WOLFEGG

INVESTMENT MANAGER

Arts Leadership Council

The ALC is comprised of Illinois arts and culture leaders who advise the Alliance on strategy, programs, and membership development. 

Contact Dimi Venkov to learn more about joining the Arts Leadership Council.

PHILLIP BAHAR

CHICAGO HUMANITIES FESTIVAL
Co-Chair

SCOTT SILBERSTEIN

HMS MEDIA
Co-Chair

Erick Deshaun Dorris

Joliet Arts Commission and Chicago Jazz Philharmonic

Doug Johnson

McLean County Arts Center

José Ochoa

The Chicago High School for the Arts

Heather Ireland Robinson

Jazz Institute of Chicago

Camille Wilson White

Oak Park Area Arts Council

Our Supporters

We are grateful to our government, foundation, and corporate partners, without whom the Alliance’s advocacy and programs wouldn’t be possible.

Government

Foundations & Corporations