The BCA 10
Know of a Business with Outstanding Partnerships with the Arts? Work for One? Let Us Know!
The BCA 10 recognizes businesses of all sizes for their exceptional involvement with the arts that enrich the workplace, education, and the community. These companies demonstrate the power of arts and business partnerships and set examples for other companies to follow. Submit your nomination today! Nominations close February 15. For more information and to nominate a business, visit www.AmericansForTheArts.org/go/BCA10!
The pARTnership Movement
The arts are a great way to show you appreciate your employees. Providing tickets to events, museum memberships, and other arts experiences is the perfect way to inspire employees and say “thanks.” Read the other 7 reasons to support the arts at www.pARTnershipmovement.org.
Conserving our Cultural Treasures
BCA 10 winner Bank of America, is partnering with the Seattle Art Museum to restore Jackson Pollock's 1947 work "Sea Change." Since 2010, 22 museums around the world have received funding from the Bank of America Art Conservation Project. According to CEO Brian T. Moynihan, "The arts help create deeper respect and understanding in the communities we serve. We take pride in our support for institutions and programs that help people around the world experience the arts and global heritage we share." For more information, www.pARTnershipmovement.org.
Energizing the Arts in New Jersey & Pennsylvania
NRG Energy, Inc., an energy company based in Princeton, NJ is partnering with Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania, on the NRG Energy Creatively Green Awards to teach children and their families about sustainability through the arts. "Through the NRG Creatively Green Awards, hundreds of schoolchildren and their families will enjoy arts and educational events that use creative ideas to help kids learn about living a more sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle," said Jennifer Brunelle, head of NRG Global Giving. For more information, bit.ly/NRGEnergyInc.
Facts and Figures
Trends in Civic Engagement
Approximately 26.8 percent of U.S. residents volunteer according to the latest Volunteering and Civic Engagement study produced by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This equals 7.85 billion total volunteer hours. 3.6 percent of people volunteer for arts and sports. The largest percentage of volunteers (34.4 percent) is for religious organizations. For more information, www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/national.
Private Sector Network
8 Tips for Courting Influencers the Art Basel Way
The 2012 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, which ended on December 9, featured the perfect marriage of arts and business. Hundreds of high end companies hosted private parties; pop up exhibitions and roving ads on cars, carts and even people. Millions of dollars in art sales, restaurant meals, hotel rooms and luxury car rentals exchanged hands. Corporate marketing executives took notice. The way brands connect with consumers takes many forms. Partnering with an event like Art Basel and the related activities provides the opportunity for direct contact with new customers. Hundreds of companies were looking to capture the attention of the 500,000+ arts aficionados that descended on Miami and Miami Beach for the week. Read the full article and see how these lessons apply to your organizations at, blog.artsusa.org.
Introducing Flywheel, Sacramento's First Arts Incubator
The Arts & Business Council (ABC) of Sacramento launched Flywheel, the region’s first creative economy incubator. By curating a diverse group of the region’s top emerging artists, creative start-ups and arts organizations, ABC has been able to develop a pathway to sustainability for local talent, while also establishing our region as a hub for the arts! Professionals and Business Volunteers for the Arts are working with the group, providing trainings, workshops, consulting, and pro bono legal, accounting, management, and marketing services. For more information, www.pARTnershipmovement.org.
Speaking from Experience
“Art is like oxygen—it is essential to breathe. From the time our architectural firm was founded in 1961, we have been committed supporters of both visual and performing art forms in our community. It is integral to everything we do. Art should be an essential part of all business; everyone benefits from the creative process and its enhancement to the quality of life.” ~ Earl S. Swennson, FAIA, Founder and Chairman of the Board, Earl Swennson Associates, Inc. (ESa) and 2012 BCA 10 winner.