Webinar: Strategies for Engaging Businesses with the Arts
July 13, 2011 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. EDT
Interested in creating stronger partnerships with businesses in your community? Join in a discussion with field leaders on how your organization can become more engaged with your business community. Learn about The pARTnership Movement, our upcoming visibility campaign designed to reach business leaders with the message of how partnering with the arts builds their competitive advantage and helps them achieve their business goals. Panelists Richard Graber, Houston Arts Alliance; Kelly Seward, ArtsKC; and Peter Kuntz, Arts & Business Council of Chicago will discuss programs they are enacting to successfully increase alliances with businesses in a session led by Emily Peck, Americans for the Arts. Webinars are free to Americans for the Arts members and $35 for non-members. To register, eo2.commpartners.com/users/afta/session.php.
Americans for the Arts Annual Convention
More than 1,000 attendees came together at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention, June 16–18, in San Diego to talk creativity. Business and arts leaders including James Herr of Boeing and Ray Pohlman of AutoZone gathered to discuss the great impact that the arts can have on business. Americans for the Arts is launching the pARTnership Movement in October to take those sentiments even further. The pARTnership Movement will give arts organizations tools to work with business and will message to business that the arts are good for their goals. For more information on the pARTnership Movement, http://blog.artsusa.org. To view this session and others through Convention On-Demand, http://artsusa.sclivelearningcenter.com. Convention On-Demand is $59 for those who attended Annual Convention in San Diego and $129 for all others. For any questions regarding Convention On-Demand purchase, please contact Cary Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org. To read more about the Annual Convention, www.huffingtonpost.com.
Procter & Gamble Sponsors the World Choir Games
The World Choir Games are coming to North America for the first time and will be held in Cincinnati in summer 2012. Recognizing the influence of the arts, Procter & Gamble has signed on as the first major corporate sponsor of the World Choir Games 2012. The biennial choral music competition is expected to draw 90,000 people to the Cincinnati area next summer. For information, http://blog.artsusa.org and http://news.cincinnati.com.
MoMA & Volkswagon Join Forces
The Museum of Modern Art PS1 and Volkswagen announced details of their upcoming partnership. Volkswagen plans to facilitate the expansion of MoMA’s online course offerings starting March 2012 and to support an international contemporary art exhibition at MoMA PS1 in 2013. This unprecedented partnership supports MoMA’s leadership role in contemporary art and VW’s goal of supporting a diverse and global community. For information, www.artdaily.org.
Facts and Figures
Arts Donations—Giving USA
According to a report released by Giving USA in June, contributions to arts, culture, and humanities organizations rose an estimated 5.7 percent to $13.28 billion in the past fiscal year. While the increase in donations is significant, the arts still represent only 5 percent of total charitable donations. Donations from American individuals, corporations, and foundations totaled approximately $290.89 billion in 2010, compared to $280.30 billion in 2009. For information, www.givingusa.org.
Companies Report Increased Giving
A survey conducted by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) found that although the median of philanthropic gifts from corporations remained largely the same from the previous year, the total amount of giving increased by almost 18 percent in 2010. The report gathered data on all giving areas, including, but not limited to the arts, from 184 companies. The survey found that 65 percent of companies increased their donations in the past fiscal year, and 40 percent of those companies noted increases of 10 percent and higher. For information, www.corporatephilanthropy.org.
General Motors Foundation Supports Creativity
The General Motors Foundation has donated $2.5 million to the College for Creative Studies (CCS), the accredited art and design college in Detroit leading in automotive design. "The quality of young designers that CCS educates and trains is a tremendous resource for Detroit and the world," said GM North America President and GM Foundation Board Member Mark Reuss. "Working to strengthen CCS is critical in our attempts to help Detroit rebound economically and for us to win in the marketplace." For information, www.marketwatch.com.
Contemporary Art Sales Back to Peak at Basel Fair
The attendees at this year’s Art Basel spent $1.8 billion at the auction, sending the signal that art might be a safe investment. This marks a rise in price and demand, bringing profits back to where they were in 2008. $445 million worth of art was sold within the first 15 minutes. For information, www.bloomberg.com.
Speaking from Experience
"Strata-G’s involvement in and support of the arts are vital to our company culture, and have been since the agency began in 1978. We strongly believe in the power of the arts to inspire our employees—not just in their creative abilities, but to nurture our larger, collective role in enhancing the cultural opportunities available throughout the region.” – Jeff Eberlein, Managing Partner, Strata-G Communications and The BCA 10 Winner