Panel Discussion: New Examples of Collaboration

CreativeChicagoExpo_0131_square_wTypeOn March 15, 3:00 pm at the Chicago Cultural Center Yates Gallery, Creative Partners will hold a free panel discussion about their business model, featuring Julia Rhoads (Artistic Director of Lucky Plush Productions), Peter McDowell (Managing Director of eighth blackbird), and Angela Luem (Program Coordinator for Pentacle’s Help Desk and Managing Director of Back Office in Chicago). Where are arts organizations innovating in administration to match and propel artistic innovation? Since its formal inception in January of 2013, Creative Partners has changed the fundraising landscape for three small-to-mid-sized arts organizations — Lucky Plush Productions (dance), eighth blackbird (music) and Blair Thomas & Co. (theater) — through a shared development team. The first of its kind resource-sharing model organized to effect long-term sustainability, Creative Partners has generated significant short-term outcomes for its partner organizations: an increase in individual and institutional giving, cross-disciplinary audience development, and greater collective visibility.

With Pentacle’s Help Desk® and Back Office programs, in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and San Francisco, participants work with Pentacle staff and mentors, all experts in the field of performing arts management, to help support their company’s business life. In addition to working one on one with their mentors in the Help Desk® program and Back Office Managing Directors, all participants meet, both in their home cities, and as a national network, to build a supportive peer community.This panel discussion will feature collaborative and shared business practices to support the continued vibrancy of the nonprofit arts sector, including a background on the inception and driving vision of both organizations and what we have learned from our work thus far.


Join us at the 2014 Creative Chicago Expo, March 14–15 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 10am–4pm. Connect with Chicago’s creative community, find resources and information for you to thrive. Choose from 30+ workshops and 140 exhibitors. This year’s theme, Moving Forward, will be highlighted by four keynote speakers: artist Theaster Gates, chef Carrie Nahabedian, fashion designer Maria Pinto and filmmaker Robert Teitel. FREE – No RSVP. For event details and schedule, visit