ABC/NY offers programming in volunteer, leadership, and professional development, while promoting the arts' role in economic revitalization.

We engage, as volunteers, smart people who care about the arts. And we develop leaders in the business of the arts, among both those entering the arts field and those already making a difference.

Programs of ABC/NY

NY Business Volunteers for the Arts

For more than 40 years, ABC/NY has connected the arts and business communities in New York City through challenging projects and opportunitites that increase creativity among the business sector and stregthen the arts.

Businesses are using the arts to inspire employees, stimulate innovation, and foster creative collaboration. ABC/NY works with a wide variety of corporations and firms to offer a menu of opportunities for employee engagement with the arts. ABC/NY can provide both individual (skills-based) and team volunteer opportunities, as well as special projects such as arts volunteer fairs, workshops, and volunteer and board training. Get involved today!

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Diversity in Arts Leadership Internship Program

The Arts & Business Council of New York’s Diversity in Arts Leadership internship program strives to strengthen and advance diversity in the arts management field and provides college students working towards careers in the arts or business sectors with a hands-on introduction to arts nonprofits in New York City. The Arts & Business Council of New York matches undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds with energetic host arts organizations and business mentors, who guide the students’ personal and professional growth throughout the summer.

Students selected to participate in DIAL become integral members of the arts organizations in which they are placed and engage with DIAL alumni and the staff of both the Arts & Business Council of New York and Americans for the Arts, as well as attend a wide array of cultural events in New York City. Students gain invaluable exposure to dynamic leaders across a variety of arts disciplines and businesses and participate in professional activities and projects that prepare each one for his or her career, better equipped to enter the workforce as a diverse and creative future leader.

Emerging Leaders of New York Arts

Emerging Leaders of New York Arts (ELNYA) is the New York branch of a national Emerging Leaders Network facilitated by Americans for the Arts. ELNYA provides young professionals in the first decade of their careers with opportunities to develop the contacts, skills, and knowledge they need to advance to senior leadership positions.

This peer-managed program offers social, professional development, and networking events such as panel discussions called Creative Conversations, networking happy hours, and a culture club for moderated group outings to cultural events.

Board of Directors

Chair - John Haworth
Director, George Gustav Heye Center (National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution)

Vice Chair - Robert L. Lynch
President & CEO (Americans for the Arts)

Vice Chair of Programs - Kevin Hogan
Director of Planning & Assessment (Asia Society)

Secretary - Steven D. Spiess

Treasurer - Alessandra DiGiusto
Chief Administrative Officer (Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation)


Advisory Council

Kevin Hogan (CHAIR)
Director of Planning and Assessment (Asia Society)

Alessandra DiGiusto
Chief Administrative Officer (Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation)

Leah Fischman
VP, Marketing & Communications (Time Warner)

Kathleen A. Pavlick
Arts Consultant

Janet Zagorin
Client Services Officer (Sidley Austin LLP)

Frederica Wald
Chief Marketing Officer (Pace University)

Melanie Childress Carucci
Head of Collaboration Services (Thomson Reuters)

Regan Lynn Larroque
SVP, Client Strategy Director (Christie's)


The History of ABC/NY

The Arts & Business Council was created in 1965 by a group of business leaders from the New York Board of Trade, with the purpose of creating closer ties between business and the arts. Arts membership was started in 1970, and the organization was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 1973.

The Business Volunteers for the Arts program was launched in 1975 and, with assistance from the Rockefeller Foundation, replicated across the country.

Through the 1980s and 1990s, the Arts & Business Council expanded its affiliation with like organizations in other cities and started the National Arts Marketing Project.

In 2005, the Arts & Business Council merged with the national organization Americans for the Arts; national affiliates are now coordinated by the Private Sector Affairs department of Americans for the Arts.

Together, arts and business strengthen the leadership—staff and volunteer—of New York’s cultural treasures of every discipline and every size.

Together, arts and business excite and energize existing work forces and can guide young men and women to join in fulfilling careers.

Together, arts and business build capacity and effect New York’s economic growth.