Programs of ABC/NY


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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.

Diversity in Arts Leadership LABS (NEW!)

In 2018, ABC/NY is expanding its commitment beyond our Diversity in Arts Leadership Internship into creating solutions along the career continuum to include an offering for alumni and others 5-10 years out in their careers who are motivated to become senior leaders in the arts, called DIAL Labs.

The professional development series and mentorship for 24 mid-career and DIAL Internship alumni across arts disciplines to explore critical skills needed to advance from junior and mid-level positions to senior-level roles in the arts. Three workshops will be held between June and September 2018 in-person in NYC and livestreamed so alumni from across the country have access to the benefits. One-to-one mentor matching is available for those who complete our professional development with senior arts or business leader in the community for an extended 6-month period to serve as champions, accountability partners, and advisors.

If you have any questions, please contact Emma Osore, Program Manager:

Diversity in Arts Leadership Internship

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.

Trainings and Convenings

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

Madison Bedard

Charity Boutte'
Multicultural Marketing Director, Aetna

Leah Fischman
Principal, LF Strategic Advisors

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

Jackson Jeyanayagam
Chief Marketing Officer, Boxed

Justin Kerr
President, Imprint Projects

Regan Lynn Larroque
Principal, Regan Lynn Larroque Consulting

Robert L. Lynch
President & CEO, Americans for the Arts

Alton Murray
Public Affairs Manager - Strategic Partnerships, Con Edison

DeVon Prioleau
Associate Director, Turner & Townsend

Janet Zagorin
Client Services Officer, Sidley Austin LLP


ABC/NY History

Looking Back...

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.

Scroll through highlights of Arts & Business Council history from 1965-2015.

Encore Awards

The Encore Awards, presented by the Arts & Business Council of New York, celebrated innovative collaboration, creative volunteerism, and excellence in arts management. Held annually through 2011, this event brought together arts organizations from every arts discipline with members of the business community who support the arts through their time, talent, and/or treasure. The Arts & Business Council of New York continues to recognize and celebrate arts-business partnerships in a variety of ways.

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