Creative and Innovative Employees: Arts Education and Building the Future Workforce: The Conference Board Webinar in Partnership with Americans for the Arts
This webinar will focus on the value an arts education can have on building the necessary skills for the 21st century workforce and will address how employers can capitalize on these opportunities and what partnerships, programs, and practices can help support skill development in creativity and innovation in the workplace.
Speakers Mary V.L. Wright, Program Director, Workforce Readiness, The Conference Board; Randy Cohen, Vice President of Local Arts Advancement, Americans for the Arts; Harvey P. White, Chairman, (SHW)2 Enterprises; and Miguel Salinas, Community Relations Program Manager, Adobe Systems Inc. will discuss the increasing need for a creative and innovative workforce and how business leaders look to arts education as one of the key indicators for creativity.
Business Committee for the Arts corporate circle members and Americans for the Arts members can register for free. To register, please contact Timarie Harrigan at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, www.conference-board.org.
Americans for the Arts Half Century Summit
The Half-Century Summit in Baltimore, June 24–27, 2010 will feature many in-depth conversations about arts and business partnerships featuring panelists from the private sector like Tim McClimon (American Express); Chris Johnson (AstraZeneca); Walt Sanderson (Sirius/XM Radio); Beth McGuire Ree (Target); Jonathan Spector and Carolyn Cavicchio (The Conference Board); Mark Shugoll (Shugoll Research); and Courtney King (CECP). Foundation leaders Janet Brown and Michael Marsicano will also be joining us. Topics will range from the future of private sector support to how arts and business are finding more ways to become engaged. For more information, http://convention.artsusa.org.
Facts & Figures
Executives Look for Creativity
According to a survey conducted by American Management Association, more than 57 percent of executives surveyed agreed that their employees are measured in creativity during annual performance reviews. Respondents said they need a workforce equipped with the four Cs: critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation. Seventy-five percent of executives said these skills will become more important to their organizations in the next three to five years. For information, www.amanet.org.
Consumers Want to Be More Engaged in Corporate Social Responsibility
The 2010 Cone Share Responsibility Study found that the large majority of consumers want to be engaged. Seventy percent of consumers are willing to dedicate time and money to influence corporate social/environmental practices through surveys and research. However, only 53 percent of consumers feel as if they are encouraged by corporations to speak up on these issues. For information, www.coneinc.com.
ThinkSocial & PepsiCo Invite Change
ThinkSocial at the Paley Center for Media in collaboration with PepsiCo are launching #Promise, a new initiative that looks into the power of social media in corporate citizenship and social and environmental change. Together they will be putting out a call to action for companies and consumers to submit their own #Promises. Executives and business and civic leaders will make #Promises in the form of corporate commitment. For information, http://think-social.org.
Bank of America Shows Art Globally
Through 2010 and 2011, the Bank of America Art in Our Communities program will be lending more than 20 full exhibitions to museums across the United States and overseas. Art in Our Communities will tour the works of various artists to institutions including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Museum of Women, and the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London. For information, www.marketwatch.com.
PECO Supports Cleopatra at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia
PECO is the community sponsor of Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt for its first showing at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The traveling exhibition is organized by National Geographic and Arts and Exhibitions International with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities and the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology. The exhibit is on display through January 2, 2011 with the support of PECO. For information, www.prnewswire.com.
Speaking From Experience
“Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company is proud to support innovative arts education programs that not only serve an important cultural purpose, but more importantly, they provide an invaluable contribution to the community. Artistic expression is an essential vehicle for individual creativity and for the communication of cultural messages. An understanding of the arts helps young adults discover their own creativity, build self-esteem, and foster celebration of a diverse cultural heritage.”—Lawrence E. Daurelle, President and CEO, Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company; THE BCA TEN 2009 Winner