Target Sponsors Arts Education
Ventura County arts organizations and artists will continue to partner with local elementary schools on arts education initiatives thanks to funding from Target and The John & Beverly Stauffer Foundation. The programs will be carried out through the Ventura County Arts Council’s 2011 Special Principal’s Initiative Arts-in-the-Classroom Mini-Grant Program. The mini-grants can be used for a local organization or artist’s arts education program, art supplies, or transportation to a cultural center in the county. For more information, www.vcstar.com.
Arts in the Georgia Department of Economic Development
The Georgia Council for the Arts will be moved under the umbrella of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) on July 1 after a change of legislation signed into effect by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. As a department that encourages business and job creation, GDEcD Commissioner Chris Cumminskey said “companies moving to Georgia want to be part of a dynamic cultural community.” For more information, www.theweekly.com.
American Electric Power Restores Arts Education Funding
Funding for arts education programs in Central Ohio have been restored by American Electric Power, which granted $120,000 to the Greater Columbus Arts Council for its after-school arts programs serving low-income neighborhoods. This grant followed a $150,000 cut in grants to after-school arts programs to the council’s educational programming. For more information, www.dispatch.com.
Americans for the Arts Annual Convention
We're gearing up for the 2011 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in the next couple weeks and want to remind you to join us at our session on The pARTnership Movement. We will be discussing our upcoming visibility campaign, The pARTnership Movement, 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. Join us, along with speakers from ArtsMemphis and Autozone, on Friday, June 17, from 4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m. at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront as they discuss how businesses successfully partner with the arts. For more information, http://convention.artsusa.org.
Facts & Figures
Giving in the Workplace
According to The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, the top reason that employee donors give to workplace campaigns is to help people meet their basic needs. The second reason for giving was if the employee identified with a cause. This data was found through their recent study, Workplace Giving 2010: Next Generation Workplace Campaigns, which surveyed more than 6,000 full-time employees and interviewed more than 40 executives. The survey found that 36 percent of respondents work at a company offering a workplace campaign. For more information, www.philanthropy.iupui.edu.
Good for Business
Chief Executive’s seventh annual report ranked the best states for business after surveying more than 500 CEOs on criteria which determined a business-friendly environment. Texas tops the list as the best state for business. For Texas, this comes on the heels of Fast Company naming Houston, TX the 2011 City of the Year with great mention of the city's flourishing arts scene. Chief Executive also noted an interesting finding in a study by The European House-Ambrosetti, stating that culture plays a significant role in regional economics. The U.S. ranks highest in leveraging its cultural institutions when compared to the 55 other countries analyzed in the study. For more information, http://chiefexecutive.net.
Private Sector Network
Celebrating Arts and Business
The New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts celebrated local businesses for their outstanding support of the arts at the 27th Annual Business in the Arts Awards. Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, Bellwether Community Credit Union, New Hampshire Magazine, and Fin Brand Positioning were honored at this year’s awards. The event was underwritten by TD Charitable Foundation and sponsored by Bank of America, Citizens Bank, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Hypertherm, Lincoln Financial Group, Northeast Delta Dental, People’s United Bank, Public Service of NH, RiverStone Resources LLC, and Winthrop Charitable Gift Fund. TD Charitable Foundation was the underwriter. For more information, www.nhbca.com.
Speaking from Experience
"Northeast Utilities and its companies embrace the important role played by the arts in energizing the social, economic, and educational fabric of our communities. That’s why Northeast Utilities has a long history of supporting regional organizations which make the arts and culture more accessible to broader audiences." – Charles W. Shivery, Chairman, President and CEO Northeast Utilities and The BCA 10 Winner