See Chicago Dance (SCD) hosts quarterly convenings to foster dialogue among artistic directors, independent artists, administrators, and funders. As many companies lack funds to seek outside assistance, SCD provides invaluable peer networking opportunities. All SCD convenings are free and open to all members and non-members.

We would love to see you there! Our next convening is Monday August 15th from 12:00-1:15pm CST. The incredible Sarah Lombardi will be leading the convening through what Financial Literacy means and looks like for independent/gigging artists, company based artists, and administrators. Want to know more? Want to register? (psst click here) Find out more about the workshop and Sarah below:


Workshop topics will include:
● Developing positive habits
● Creating a personal budget
● Setting goals
● Advice about financial tracking tools (Excel, apps, etc.)
● Preparing for the future (savings, taxes, insurance)
● Suggestions will be pertinent for both 1099/ gigging artists and company-based artists and administrators.

Sarah Lombardi (she/her/hers)
Sarah Lombardi has 15 years of experience working in the non-profit sector with a focus in finance and accounting. Sarah spent 6 years at SmithBucklin, an association management company, helping non-profit clients with their accounting operations. Sarah has also held roles at The Appraisal Institute, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, and The Cradle. Sarah is currently the Director of Finance for the Government Finance Officers Association.Sarah also serves as Program Committee Chair for the CFO Roundtable of Chicago. Sarah facilitates workshops and gives lectures centering on financial literacy. Sarah’s other passions include yoga, the arts, golfing and traveling.


Register for the Financial Literacy convening below:


Topics of the past year’s convenings, with attendance totaling more than 280, included a series of dialogues about diversity and equity in the dance field and conversations with leading dance critics about the evolution of dance media coverage. Below you will find the date and location of previous dance community convenings. Click on the links to view the meeting agenda, presentation, and/or materials handed out during the convening.

December 10, 2020 - Post Election Convening Part 2 via Zoom

November 16, 2020 - Post Election Convening Via Zoom

October 22, 2020 - Listening Session Findings Via Zoom

April 8, 2020 - Chicago Performing Arts Virtual Retreat Via Zoom

March 23, 2020 - Postponed due to Covid-19

November 19, 2019 - The Whitehall Hotel

August 21, 2019 - Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

May 29, 2019 - Chicago Cultural Center

January 17, 2019 - Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago