Programs of ABC/NY

Arts-Based Employee Engagement Program

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

Board of Directors

Chair - Melanie Childress Carucci
Global Business Director, Thomson Reuters

Vice Chair - Alessandra DiGiusto
Head of Corporate Citizenship Americas, 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

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

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


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 men and women 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.