Programs of ABC/NY
Born out of the Business Volunteers for the Arts® (BVA), a national skills-based management consulting program created by the Arts & Business Council of New York (ABC/NY) in 1975, the Art@work Program is a fresh approach that strives to develop a more creative and engaged workforce and promote integrated partnerships between the arts and business sectors that lead to collaborative resource and skills sharing, as well as a mutual investment in the cultural vitality of local communities. The program deploys multi-disciplinary, interactive arts-based workshops into business environments to catalyze company objectives and enhance employee skills and community impact, while creating a new channel of income for artists and nonprofit arts organizations.
We are currently finishing a website redesign for this program which will house our resources and be a hub for both arts and business partners to post and view available projects. In the meantime, please see some of the current projects available.
For 25 years, the Diversity in Arts Leadership internship program (DIAL) has been training and mentoring college students from underrepresented and untapped backgrounds to become arts leaders. One of the longest running programs of its kind in the nation, DIAL’s aim is to strengthen and advance diversity in the arts management field and provide the newest members of the workforce with real-world career experience in the arts and business sectors in New York City.
Arts management interns are carefully chosen from a competitive nationwide pool of students and granted paid, full-time, ten-week-long internships at multidisciplinary arts organizations.To ensure an immersive and well-rounded experience, the summer includes:
- full time work placement at a New York City arts nonprofit,
- summer stipend and transportation cards,
- weekly group site visits to intern host placements,
- monthly professional development workshops, cultural outings, and networking events, and
- a private sector mentor.
Learn more about the program and participants, photos/videos, and its impact.
ABC/NY’s trainings and events support our overarching mission of bridging the arts and business community around creative and mutually beneficial partnerships, but also focus heavily on specific programs. Through the DIAL program, we aim to build practical skills and networks for students and alumni to become arts leaders and through the Art@work program, we focus on training artists/nonprofit organizations to develop, implement, and manage creative arts workshops that help address business challenges and skill-building, as well as spark creativity and dialogue for private sector partners.
Check out our past events recaps for more.
Board of Directors
Chair - Melanie Childress Carucci
Global Business Director, Thomson Reuters
Vice Chair - Alessandra DiGiusto
Head of CSR Americas and Executive Director of Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation
Treasurer - Kevin Hogan
Director of Planning & Assessment, Asia Society
Secretary - Frederica Wald
Chief Marketing Officer & VP University Relations, Pace University
Principal, LF Strategic Advisors
Director Emeritus, George Gustav Heye Center (National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution)
Chief Marketing Officer, Boxed
Regan Lynn Larroque
Principal, Regan Lynn Larroque Consulting
Robert L. Lynch
President & CEO, Americans for the Arts
Public Affairs Manager - Strategic Partnerships, Con Edison
Associate Director, Turner & Townsend
Client Services Officer, Sidley Austin LLP
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 Initiatives 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 people to join in fulfilling careers.
Together, arts and business build capacity and effect New York’s economic growth.