The pARTnership Movement Celebrates Six Months!
The pARTnership Movement recently passed the six month mark since its official launch! Learn more about the movement and how Americans for the Arts and partners are reaching business leaders with the message that partnering with the arts can build their competitive advantage.
New Volunteering for the Arts Tool Kit
Volunteers are a critical component of any arts organization. From ushers to fundraising to pro bono consulting and board service, volunteers expand the capacity of a nonprofit. Volunteers also create an entry point for establishing a relationship with businesses. Learn how to engage this eager workforce for mutual benefit with tips from our new Volunteering for the Arts Tool Kit.
Arts and Diversity Webcast Highlights
Hear highlights from our webcast produced in partnership with The Conference Board about the role of the arts in bridging diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
MasterCard for Music
MasterCard and Sonoma State University recently announced details of a new partnership. MasterCard will become the title sponsor of the annual MasterCard Performance Series and will support the building of an outdoor pavilion for music and dance at the Green Music Center. “This is a transformative project that will create an innovative learning environment for students and will provide an economic boost to the area and help diversify its tourist base,” said Sandy Weill, chairman of the Green Music Center Board of Advisors. For information, www.businesswire.com.
ArtWalk Helps Create Identity for Local Businesses
Brought together by a love of art and desire to give back to their community, local businesses joined forces with the Chatsworth Fine Arts Council to produce the West End Art Walk in Chatsworth, CA. "The idea was to get people off their couches, out of their houses, and on the street with something to do in Chatsworth that is fun and family-oriented and celebrates art in Chatsworth," said Erik Pampalone, owner of Naya Fresh Body Spa and one of the founders of the West End Art Walk. For information, www.northridge.patch.com.
Facts & Figures
Trends in Corporate Philanthropy
According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual report on corporate giving, donations grew by 4 percent in 2011. More than 7 in 10 corporate leaders anticipate their philanthropic budgets will be roughly the same for 2012 amid continued worries about the economy. To read the report’s other findings, www.philanthropy.com.
Millennials and Volunteering
According to The Millennial Impact Report, Millennials are volunteering in record numbers, with 63 percent of survey respondents reporting that they volunteered for a nonprofit in 2011, and 90 percent of those respondents expected to volunteer as much or more in 2012 than in 2011. 77 percent seek the opportunity for leadership positions, and 48 percent wish to apply their professional or academic background when volunteering. To read the full report, visit www.themillennialimpact.com. If you would like to learn how you can engage skill-based volunteers (including Millennials and all age groups), check out our new tool kit, Volunteering for the Arts Tool Kit.
The BCA 10
Painting a New Future
Golden Artist Colors, a 2012 BCA 10 winner, has manufactured high-quality paints for artists since its founding in 1980. This year, the Golden Foundation is opening a new Artist Residency Program, housed just several hundred yards away from the main facility. Barbara Golden, executive director of the Golden Foundation, said of the project, “The board members decided to pursue a dream that we’ve had for 30 years, which was to create a painting space for artists on the property.” For information, www.syracusenewtimes.com. Find out if you have a BCA 10 honoree in your community!
Private Sector Network
Art@Work in Southern Arizona
The connection between artistic creation and scientific innovation can be experienced this summer as 30 Ventana Medical System, Inc. employees showcase their works at the second annual Ventana Employee Art Exhibition and Competition in Tucson, AZ. Through a progressive partnership with Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA), the arts have been part of the daily work experience via quarterly gallery exhibits from local and world-renowned artists on display for the 1,300 employees who work at Ventana. For information, www.pARTnershipmovement.org.
Speaking From Experience
"The diversity and exceptional quality of cultural and performance arts are why many people have chosen this area. The Wilde Automotive Family actively supports those who live and work in and visit this community and the values most important to them. The arts are fundamental to our humanity...They inspire us, foster creativity, and help us learn about ourselves and the world around us." – Mark Wilde, President, Wilde Automotive Family and a 2011 BCA 10 Winner