BCA Executive Board
Advocating for National Endowment for the Arts Funding
BCA Executive Board Member and CEO of World Pac Paper Inc. Edgar L. Smith, Jr. joined Nancy Hanks Lecturer and actor Kevin Spacey and Americans for the Arts Artists Committee Member Alec Baldwin to ask Congress to stop the budget cuts for the National Endowment for the Arts. Smith and the group of advocates met with congressional members to discuss the importance of the arts and appropriate funding across the nation. For more information, http://news.cincinnati.com.
Arts and Culture—Integral to Success in Global Markets
Thursday, April 21, 3:00 p.m. EST
The Conference Board, in partnership with Americans for the Arts, is presenting the webinar Arts and Culture—Integral to Success in Global Markets. The Conference Board's Program Director of the Workforce Readiness Initiative Mary Wright will moderate the discussion on how the arts can bridge cultural differences encountered by the business community and help companies expand their markets globally. Speakers include Boeing Director of Global Community Investing Angel Ysaguirre and Bank of America Arts & Heritage Program Director Allen Blevins. BCA Corporate Circle Members and Americans for the Arts members can register for free. To register, e-mail Business Committee for the Arts Coordinator Timarie Harrigan at email@example.com.
Facts & Figures
Fundraising Stays Steady for Many in 2010
According to the 2010 Year-End Survey of the Nonprofit Research Collaborative, two-thirds of charities surveyed declared that their 2010 funding stayed steady or improved. Also, 43 percent of organizations said they raised more money in 2010 compared to 2009. For more information, http://philanthropy.com.
Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Gives $1 Million Grant
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Indiana University are being granted $1 million from the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation to bring artifacts recovered from the waters surrounding the Dominican Republic to the Children’s Museum. Some of the recovered artifacts will be on display for the first time when the National Geographic Treasures of the Earth exhibit opens this June. For information, http://foundationcenter.org.
Clear Channel Outdoor Joins Arts Campaign
In an effort to assist in the Million Plates Campaign for the Arts, Clear Channel Outdoor has joined forces with the California Arts Council. The campaign is designed to raise $40 million annually for arts programming and arts organization in California through the sale of California Arts license plates. Clear Channel Outdoor created a public service program that will display campaign imagery on more than 100 digital signs across the state. For information, http://blogs.sacbee.com.
The Rise of the Creative Class
Author Richard Florida discusses theories in his book The Rise of the Creative Class in an interview with Fast Company. Florida explains his thoughts on the importance of creativity in business, communities, and local economies. “What I have said in my books—which has been my core message and the mission of my life—is to harness the creativity that lies deep within each human being. Progress will not happen without harnessing the third of us that work in the creative class: scientists, techies, artists, musicians, professionals, people working in medicine and education.” For information, www.fastcompany.com.
City Installs Art Displays in Vacant Storefronts
The downtown district in Dayton, OH is looking to boost its appeal and draw more businesses. As part of Activated Spaces, an initiative launched in January, vacant storefronts in the business district will now display artists' work on six-month rotations. Sherri Wierzba, business development manager for the Downtown Dayton Partnership, said “Activating the space for short-term use or even with creative displays is going to draw awareness from the public to these spaces that they might otherwise walk by or drive by without noticing.” For more information, www.daytondailynews.com.
Speaking from Experience
"Our success, which is our community’s success, is built on the understanding both in the corporate boardroom and in our neighborhood’s households that the arts and culture bring vibrancy and creates a ripple effect of benefits, even for those who don’t participate directly. Our research shows that this ripple effect creates two important kinds of benefits: it enhances the economic vitality of an area and it demonstrates how communities come together and understand each other." —Edgar L. Smith, Jr., BCA Executive Board Member and CEO of World Pac Paper Inc. speaks about the success of Cincinnati-based ArtsWave at Arts Advocacy Day