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

Senior Director, Finance & Operations

bianibi @ artsalliance.org

ERICK DESHAUN DORRIS

Director of Community Organizing

dorris @ artsalliance.org

CLAIRE RICE

Executive Director

rice @ artsalliance.org

AISHA MOTLANI

ACLS Leading Edge Fellow

motlani @ artsalliance.org

RYN OSBOURNE

Communications and Programs Assistant

osbourne @ 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

Opportunities

Join our team! Arts Alliance is looking for a new Development and Operations assistant. The person in this part-time position will support the administrative and logistical needs of the organization and will be part of the Development and Operations teams. Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but are encouraged to apply by August 1! See the full job description and how to apply here.

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 T. BOONE

THE POETRY FOUNDATION
BOARD CHAIR

Michael J. Hernandez

FRANCZEK P.C.
VICE CHAIR

Chris Jabin

The Joffrey Ballet
Secretary / Treasurer

Directors

PHILLIP BAHAR

CHICAGO HUMANITIES FESTIVAL

MIMI DE CASTRO

ITW

Kassie Davis

CME Group Foundation

E. Brooke Flanagan

Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Rena Henderson Mason

Bold Agenda

O. VICTORIA LAKES-BATTLE

IFF CHICAGO

VIVIAN LEE STANDIFIRD

PEORIA, IL & CHICAGO, IL

KATHRYN M. LIPUMA

WRITERS THEATRE

JASON PALMQUIST

MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT

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 Erick Deshaun Dorris to learn more about joining the Arts Leadership Council.

PHILLIP BAHAR

CHICAGO HUMANITIES FESTIVAL
Co-Chair

SCOTT SILBERSTEIN

HMS MEDIA
Co-Chair

CHRIS AUDAIN

ALPHAWOOD FOUNDATION

Doug Johnson

McLean County Arts Center

José Ochoa

ChiArts Foundation

Heather Ireland Robinson

Jazz Institute of Chicago

NATALIA VILLANUEVA LINARES

YAKU, HIGH PLACE

Camille Wilson White

Oak Park Area Arts Council

HENRY WISHCAMPER

THEATRE DIRECTOR, PLAYWRIGHT, PRODUCER

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