The pARTnership Movement
The Many Ways to Connect Arts & Business
Americans for the Arts Director of Private Sector Initiatives Emily Peck discusses how to build a successful and meaningful partnership by thinking of the needs of the business first, and how to look beyond the usual suspects when thinking about potential business partners. Read more, and explore the resources to create these arts and business partnerships by visiting the pARTnership Movement.
Arts Education Navigator
Through a partnership with Vans Custom Culture, Americans for the Arts has created the Arts Education Navigator, a series of e-books designed to help educators, students, and advocates alike navigate the complex field of arts education. For our pARTnership community, the correlation between the arts and success in the workplace can be seen on pages 12 and 13 of Facts & Figures: data on the benefits and decline of arts education.
Private Sector Network
Building Corporate Partnerships is All About Relationships
Director of Programs at Arts & Business Council of Chicago Katie Kurcz comments on last month’s Arts & Business Council of Chicago’s workshop in which constituents learned that the secret to building cultural corporate partnerships is that there are no secrets—the core strategy is as basic as building a strong, healthy relationship. Visit the pARTnership Movement to learn more.
“I have always known that face-to-face meetings are the best way to welcome people into your artistic tent, but hearing this from the panel that stewardship does truly start with a face-to-face meeting and not a cold call or a letter campaign was invaluable advice.” - Kaela Altman, Executive Director, BoHo Theatre
Arts United Receives Multi-Year Grant from Lincoln Financial Foundation
Lincoln Financial Foundation has awarded a $280,000 multi-year grant to Arts United, a northeast Indiana-based organization devoted to creating opportunities to help arts and cultural organizations to thrive. The award will provide support for the Arts United Fund Drive—the primary means of generating over $1 million for more than 70 arts, cultural, and recreational programs each year. The award also continues Lincoln’s long-standing sponsorship of the Nonprofit Arts Internship Initiative (NAII), which gives college students the opportunity to combine classroom knowledge with real world experience. To read more and to find ways that your business can build lasting partnerships with the arts, visit the pARTnership Movement.
Facts and Figures
Independent Sector Releases New Value of Volunteer Time
The value of volunteer time provides one way to measure the impact millions of individuals make with each hour they dedicate to make a difference. According to the Independent Sector, the 2012 value of volunteer time is $22.14/hour, a 35-cent increase from 2011. The Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group releases a dollar estimate of the value of volunteer hours every year as a way to acknowledge the work of volunteers across the country. State-by-state figures for the value of volunteer time are also available on the Independent Sector site.
A New Era of Employee Recognition
Organizations with high employee engagement are experiencing a 22% improvement in customer loyalty and a 21% reduction in turnover, per Aberdeen Group research. Organizations are finding that investing in a formal employee recognition program can lead to an increase in profitability, retention and customer loyalty. In fact, the 2013 edition of Workplace Trends report lists “Recognition” as a top human resource trend. For more information, visit 3blmedia.com, and check out what Chesapeake Energy is doing to engage their employees by reading the success story entitled "Employees and the arts make beautiful music together" on the pARTnership Movement.
Business Speak: Can We Talk? Strategies on How to Build and Fund Successful Volunteer Programs
April 25, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. EDT
Businesses often promote volunteerism as one of the key elements of employee engagement and arts organizations are looking for ways to increase involvement with skilled volunteers. Learn practical strategies on how to build and fund a successful volunteer program in your community. This webinar is presented in partnership with the Arts & Business Council of New York and is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. To learn more and to register, visit Americans for the Arts webinars.
Speaking from Experience
|“We are so fortunate to be able to work with the most creative artists in the world. This both inspires and enlivens our entire staff knowing we can make a difference. Giving back is just our way to join in this community that has given us so much.”|
- Mark Golden, CEO, Golden Artist Colors, Inc.