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Welcome to the Black Arts & Culture Alliance of Chicago, where community thrives and creativity flourishes.

At the heart of our events lies a vibrant tapestry of voices and perspectives, creating dynamic conversations and shaping the future of our Alliance community. Your input is invaluable, driving the evolution of our collective vision. As we strive to nurture this spirit of support and collaboration, we invite you to take the next step and become an integral part of our Alliance.

As a member of BACA, you'll enjoy year-round connectivity and a wealth of opportunities to engage with fellow creatives and cultural enthusiasts. Whether you join as an individual, represent an organization, or align with us as a producing affiliate, your membership unlocks many exclusive benefits, including consideration for the Black Excellence Awards, access to professional resources, networking events, performance opportunities, and more.

Join us in shaping the future of Black arts and culture in Chicago. Whether you're an individual artist, an organization, or a producing affiliate, your membership empowers you to make a difference and leave a lasting impact. Explore membership options, including discounted rates for students and seniors.



  • Subscription to Alliances’s weekly eblast featuring Alliance news, featured events, resources and opportunities

  • Featured on the Alliance website, social media and inclusion in the Chicago Black Arts Directory

  • Membership Engagement Events  (including, but not limited to networking opportunities, affinity groups, collaboration sessions, featured member showcases, etc.)

  • Early registration access and discounts to Alliance Events and Programs (including, but not limited to Professional Development Series, Black United Series, Black Arts Month, Black Excellence Awards, and more)

  • Discounted access to Alliance member and Affiliate events and programs

  • Free listing for all organization's event, performances, job postings, auditions, etc. on Alliance website and social media

  • Participation in genre specific Black United Series (eg. Black United Theatre Auditions, Black United Dance Auditions)

  • Annual Black Excellence Awards qualification

  • Capacity and Professional Development Support for individual artists and organizational leader 

  • Participation in the Annual Meeting for Members (member-led topics)

  • Participation in Annual Black Arts Month Convenings (as available)

  • Qualification to participate in Black Excellence Committee (Individual Members)

  • And more to come...

Individual Memberships include:

  1. Individual artists across all artistic practices.

  2. Advocate members are individuals who are not practicing artists but are supporters of the arts who want to continue to engage with the Alliance.

  3. Student members muct be currently enrolled in a degree-earning program.

  4. Seniors (65+)

Organizational memberships are for those across all artistic disciplines that are Black-led, Black-owned, and primarily focus on or highlight black stories or feature Black artists.

Producing Affiliates are organizations that are are not Black-led, Black-owned, or primarily focus on or highlight black stories or feature Black artists, but whose programming includes and/or features Black stories or Black artists. 

NOTE: Please note that only the specific works created by, led by, or featuring Black artists can be considered for the Black Excellence Awards.

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