As we closed 2020, many of us anticipated that 2021 would be dramatically better. But the storming of the Capitol and a daily high record of more than 4,000 COVID-19 deaths created a distressing first week. Let’s not lose hope — there is light at the end of this very long tunnel. Here in Philadelphia, museums are reopening. There is $15 billion in support for cultural venues in a new federal stimulus package. There is some assurance vaccine distribution will speed up.

For many of us, the most we can do is keep charging ahead. The Arts + Business Council is doing just that. Later this month, we kick off our renowned Business on Board program, where we train and match professionals to participate on an arts board. If you haven’t already signed up, you have one more week to participate in the program!

In early February, we will host Adam Grant as part of our Defining Innovation speaker series. Grant is one of Philadelphia’s best-known thinkers, writers, and professors — an organizational psychologist and best-selling author who helps people find meaning and motivation at work. Tickets to this program are on sale and include a copy of Grant’s forthcoming book, Think Again.

In March, we will continue our Industry Intersections program. While last year, we explored the intersection of design and health care, this spring we’ll look at how art, design, and real estate development influence Philadelphia’s evolution.

Designing Leadership, our signature professional development program for creative economy professionals, will launch in April. This year’s program will provide many opportunities to reflect on and learn about leading through crisis and incorporating authentic DEI strategies into your organization, among other topics.

Finally, in May, we will host our 36th Annual ABC Awards. There’s still one more week to nominate a local leader who has influenced the arts community this year — don’t miss your chance to add a name for consideration of winning an award!

We look forward to working with you to make 2021 a better and brighter year.


Diana Lind
Executive Director
Arts + Business Council

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