Thursday, January 8, 2009

Resource Round-Up

By Ben Thiem, Director of Member Services

While involved in the day-to-day business of running your company it can be easy to forget that there are a lot of service organizations and technical resources available to help you. Particularly in troubling economic times, it’s good to remember that you have advocates at your side listening to and addressing your needs. Nationally, we have organizations like Americans for the Arts, which recently released an Arts Funding and Response Readiness Kit, and Theatre Communications Group, providing professional development and advocating to strengthen federal support for performing arts organizations with our new President-elect. In Illinois we have the Arts Alliance, providing state-wide arts advocacy, and the Arts and Business Council of Chicago, creating forums like the one on January 27th in response to the economy. There are many other resources and resource providers available, and as always the League stands ready to assist in any way we can.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Ben.

If your readers are interested in more information on the recession and its impact on the arts as well as the creative sector's response, they can check out the online listing of articles, commentary, research, and more that the Alliance is maintaining:

And delicious users can help us maintain the list by tagging relevant resources with "artsrecession."

Take care,
Scarlett Swerdlow
Illinois Arts Alliance