Members make our

advocacy possible,

and it’s pay-what-you-can! 

Do you think the creative community deserves a powerful voice in Illinois? 
Do you believe that every child should have access to arts education
Do you want a more equitable arts sector in Chicago and beyond?

As a member, you directly benefit from the work you are making possible, including:


  • Advocacy and lobbying for policy change and new funding opportunities that support the creative industries.
  • Representation at meetings with public officials, philanthropy, and other key decision-makers.
  • Assistance navigating government policies and new grant programs.
  • Professional development, resource sharing, and networking with civic and cultural leaders across the state.
  • Research on the impact of the arts and culture and the effects of COVID.


You’ll also get: 


  • Access to our annual member gathering
  • Sweet, artist-designed merch 
  • Exclusive, members-only cultural policy briefings
  • Exclusive cultural policy briefings for your board members or leadership/shareholders 
  • Free advocacy trainings


Due to the COVID crisis, and to center our commitment to equity and access, membership to Arts Alliance Illinois is pay-what-you-can.

Join the many companies, theaters, museums, galleries, art centers, venues, individual artists, administrators, educators and patrons who make Illinois great.

For more information or questions about membership, please email Erick Deshaun Dorris at