I guess I see the Arts and Business Council of NY as a service to the non-profit arts field, rather than a charity, in the classical sense of charity. ABC/NY provides professional volunteers (legal, financial, marketing, HR, etc.) to these small organizations with limited budgets. It helps to recruit and train potential board members,; there are regular seminars in all facets in the running of a non-profit organizations. This is all available to the members of ABC/NY. I have worked over several for many of their members assisting them with HR issues, some very short term, some longer, and every single one of them has been extremely gratifying, and I have met many wonderful people. I have recommended friends and will continue to do so whenever there is a need for more volunteers.
Since retiring almost 10 years ago, I have worked with several non-profit organizations through ABC/NY - dance companies, theaters, music organizations, and a long-term assignment at one of the prominent museums in NYC which continues to this day. Through ABC/NY I have met people and done work that have given me great satisfaction and introduced me to a world in which I was only a spectator for many years. It's been a wonderful experience, one that I hope will continue for many more years.
The Arts & Business Council of New York helped me find professional fulfillment through volunteering my skills for arts organizations in the New York area. ABC-NY is staffed by professionals who work to understand the passions and desires of the volunteers in addition to their skills, and I felt like everyone I met took a genuine interest in me as a person -- not just as another volunteer.
The service the Arts & Business Council provide to the arts community is invaluable -- and obvious. But the service they provide to the business community in helping its members connect deeper to their professions and their neighborhoods is equally phenomenal. Through building lasting partnerships on both the individual and organizational level, the Arts & Business Council provides one of the most important and sustainable contributions to New York, and I am honored to be a small part of their work.
I was an intern with the ABC/NY's 2010 Multicultural Arts Management Internship Program where I was granted the amazing opportunity to receive an insider's crash course on the non-profit arts community of New York. The program effectively wove together workshops, visits to prominent nonprofit organizations, and firsthand work experience in a passionate NY nonprofit to foster our understanding of the particular blend of passion, ingenuity, and keen management skills that make the arts, and the sharing of art with the public, possible. The staff
I was one of the interns in the 2010 Arts Management Program through ABC/NY. Because of comprehensiveness of the program and the dedicated staff at ABC/NY, I really got to see a 360 degree view of the field and the multiple ways to understand what art management really means. I found their mission especially important and compelling in today's world, where there is often a great perceived chasm between the business and arts world. ABC/NY seeks to bridge that gap between two seemingly distant fields, and in doing so it revitalizes both worlds and builds creative capital in New York.
I was introduced to ABC/NY through my search for becoming a board member, & am now part of two steering committees there. Recently, as well, I attended their Arts Leadership Training Program designed to ready professionals toward a more executive level in the non-profit arts world- an extraordinary experience that I would highly recommend. This organization is not only high functioning, open, generous & visionary- but what really makes it stand out are the people. The core staff is incredibly engaged, approachable & committed beyond what you normally encounter. There is a zest that is infectious & I am greatly looking forward to my continued relationship with them toward discovering synergies & exploring new concepts for supporting the arts here in NYC.
I was a part of ABC/NY's Summer 2009 Arts Management Internship program. The program was very organized and well-run, and it definitely helped expose us to the fields of arts management and non-profit management. As a part of the program, I held a summer internship in the arts and went to workshops, classes, and networking events sponsored by ABC/NY. It was a great way to meet others interested in the arts and to take advantage of the vibrant arts community in New York City.
I'm not really sure how to describe my "role" but I worked with ABC-NY and they are excellent. The people who work there are spectacularly passionate, kind, and helpful, and the work they do is extremely important in today's environment. Helping arts organizations navigate the business world is an often-overlooked area that is so important. Their volunteer recruitment program really helps local arts orgs, and their multicultural internship program may be the best program of its kind in the country. Anyone who needs their services would do well to get in touch with them.
My experience with ABC/NY is as an attorney volunteer. ABC is very active in recruiting volunteers in a variety of professions to assist its members. Working with the staff at ABC has been a treat for me. I admire their commitment to providing necessary information and assistance that the members could not otherwise afford. I appreciate the fact that the members are well-briefed by ABC as to what to expect from the volunteers. Its members are well-served by the expertise of ABC’s staff and their commitment to the arts. I guess I’m really saying that the organization is aptly named. It is an organization devoted to both the business of making art and the art of making business.
ABC's core mission is to be commended. Arts organizations, especially smaller ones, lack the business and legal knowldge needed to succssfully run an enterprise; by connecting business and legal minds with arts organizations ABC helps the arts community flourish. And they do a wonderful job at making those connections. This is one organization that has really carved an important niche. My only recommendation would be to form small "teams" of people from the business and legal worlds that would work together on a semi-regular basis. Each team, when needed and in amounts proportionate to their availability, could be deployed as needed. In this way ABC would always have people ready to go when issues pop up.
The Arts and Business Council has done great work promoting the synergy between the business sector and arts non-profits in NYC. They have helped to link me with several arts non-profits in the city in need of business/marketing skills.