Research and Resources

As part of our website revamp, we have a lot of research that we are working to make available in a more accessible way. Stay tuned. In the meantime, this page will be focused on our COVID-19 resources and resources for advocacy!

Resources for COVID-19


Resources for Organizations

ArtsReady – Preparing for Potential Impact of the Coronavirus

Lawyers for the Creative Arts – Coronavirus Legal Help in Illinois

Springboard for the Arts – Principles for Ethical Cancellation

Theatre Communications Group – Coronavirus Preparedness for Theatres

CERF+ – Artist Business Continuity Planning

PR Boutiques International – 10 Best Practices for Communication Management of COVID-19


Resources for Individuals

3Arts – Emergency Funding Opportunities

COVID-19 & Freelance Artists – Resources for the independent artist community

Creative Capital – List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Alliance of Artist Communities – Emergency Relief Programs


General Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Illinois Department of Public Health – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Recent Research


Arts & Economic Prosperity 5

Arts Alliance Illinois was pleased to serve as the Illinois partner with Americans for the Arts for the fifth iteration of the Arts & Economic Prosperity study. The study quantifies the economic impact – jobs, household income, state and local tax revenue, and more – generated by the nonprofit arts and culture industry in Illinois, including the City of Chicago. 

The Alliance collected data for the Illinois study in 2016, which was then compiled by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. Generous support was provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Illinois Findings
Download the full Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 report for Illinois (pdf)
Download a summary of the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 report for Illinois (pdf)

Chicago Findings
Download the full Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 report for the city of Chicago (pdf)
Download a summary of the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 report for the city of Chicago (pdf)