The BCA 10
Nominate an Outstanding Businesses Today
Recognize a business with exemplary art support in your community by nominating them for The BCA 10: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America. Here are a couple examples of stories we’ve been hearing: law firms that invest in early arts education, major retailers that work to boost museum attendance, and even a real estate company that not only supports artists through commissioned works, but does so to inspire its employees.
Nominations close February 17, so submit your nomination today! For more information, www.AmericansForTheArts.org/go/BCA10.
The Arts Are Houston’s Clandestine Economic Powerhouse
Americans for the Arts President & CEO Robert L. Lynch and BCA Executive Board Member and Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP Joseph C. Dilg authored an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle celebrating the value of arts and business partnerships for the Houston economy spearheaded by the city's many BCA 10 honorees. On January 17, Houston’s arts and business leaders gathered at the Houston Grand Opera to celebrate all of the past Houston BCA 10 honorees for their dedication and innovation in partnering with the arts. For information, www.chron.com.
Investing in Innovation
In partnership with the Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Humana Foundation has been the lead sponsor of the Humana Festival of New American Plays for the past 33 years. This project represents the longest, continuous, and current partnership between a corporation and a theater in the country. The Humana Festival of New American Plays has introduced more than 400 plays into the American and international theater’s general repertoire and has premiered three Pulitzer Prize-winning plays. Have your own success story to share? Let us know about the innovative arts and business partnership in your own community. For more information, www.pARTnershipmovement.org.
Does Volunteering Create Great Leaders?
Forbes Contributor Karl Moore, in conjunction with Richard Pound, discusses the strengths of building leaders through volunteer opportunities. The article states that, “Because corporate managers volunteering in nonprofits don’t have titles to define their positions, they have to practice what some call ‘per mission leadership.’ That is, they have to earn the trust and respect of the people they are supervising. Also, they need to do all this with what are usually much more limited resources than what they are accustomed to in their ‘real jobs,’ which often requires significant creative skills.” For information, www.forbes.com.
Roadmap to The pARTnership Movement
February 15, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. EST
This webinar will provide a detailed examination of to the pARTnership Movement—the new Americans for the Arts program that aims to strengthen relationships between business and the arts. The webinar will walk through the newly launched website focusing on the For the Arts section—showing local examples of partnerships, how to use newly created tools, and talking points to increase community partnerships between businesses and arts organizations. To register, http://eo2.commpartners.com/users/afta/session.php?id=7884.
Facts & Figures
Texas Sees Strong Growth in Charity
Texas saw charitable giving increase by 9.3 percent in 2011 compared to an overall growth of 7.5 percent nationwide. Companies and individuals in Texas gave nearly $29 billion in 2011, according to a report from Dallas-based Atlas of Giving. Forecasting for 2012 calls for a 3 percent increase in charitable giving in 2012 for Texans. For information, www.bizjournals.com/dallas.
Speaking from Experience
"Our success is driven by innovative people who thrive in communities with engaging and diverse cultural opportunities. As Humana’s business has grown, so too has its commitment to the communities we serve." —Michael B. McCallister, Humana’s Chairman and CEO and BCA Hall of Fame Inductee