An e-bulletin of the national Business Committee for the Arts, Inc. (BCA) to demonstrate the value of business-arts partnerships throughout the United States. For more information about BCA and its programs,www.bcainc.org.
Nominate the Best Company Supporting the Arts in America
If you know a company, large or small, that has made exceptional investments in the arts, nominate it for THE BCA TEN - 2008. Only one month left to submit a nomination. Submit your nominations by March 31, 2008. For more information and to nominate a company, www.bcainc.org/thebcaten.nominations.html.
THE BCA TEN - 2007
To read more about the companies named to THE BCA TEN - 2007, the 2007 BCA Hall of Fame Inductee and the 2007 BCA Leadership Award, www.bcainc.org/thebcaten.book.html.
FACTS & FIGURES
Businesses Seek Profit by Doing Good
68% of business leaders surveyed by the IBM Institute for Business Value said that they focus on corporate social responsibility activities to create new revenue streams. For information, www.ibm.com.
Art Improves Advertising Why Companies Give
According to a McKinsey Global Survey, 70% of business executives use the company's philanthropic program to enhance corporate reputation and/or corporate brand, in addition to the social benefits of the philanthropic program. For information, www.mckinsey.com.
A study by the University of Georgia finds that exposure to art makes consumers evaluate products mores positively. The study also demonstrated that even an unfamiliar artwork can successfully compete with a celebrity in conveying luxury appeal. For information, www.uga.edu.
Texas Businessman Pledges $10 million to Museum
T. Boone Pickens, a businessman and entrepeneur, pledged $10 million to the Museum of Nature & Science, Dallas, TX, for an additional building. Pickens wants to increase museum access for children. According to Pickens, "A museum is a starting point for them, or it's a confirmation of something they've thought about a little bit and now it's elevating them to something beyond." For information, www.dallasnews.com.
Lord & Taylor Promotes Art on Fifth Avenue
Lord & Taylor department store displayed sculptures by the artist Thomas Beale, alongside fashion from the store's spring 2008 collection, in the windows of its flagship store on Fifth Avenue, New York City. Previously, the store has exhibited works by artists Larry Rivers and Red Grooms. For information, www.reuters.com.
Lee Miller at Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA is hosting a solo exhibition of the work of Lee Miller. The traveling exhibit, in celebration of the centenary of the artist's birth, contains 140 of the artist's most important images. The exhibition, on view until April 27, 2008, is sponsored by RBC Dain Rauscher. For information, www.philamuseum.org.
Pietro Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci by Ruggero LeoncavalloRichard Leech and Jose Cura are the stars of this double bill. The acclaimed tenors explore the theme of love and betrayal in these two short stories. The opera opens on March 22 for five performances at the San Diego Opera, San Diego, CA. For information, www.sdopera.com.
SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE
"It would be impossible to live and operate in a place as creative and vibrant as New Orleans and south Louisiana without placing an emphasis on all facets of the arts. From our music to our museums to our food, this region is home to a great wealth of artistic innovation which Shell and our employees are proud to indulge in, embrace and support."
-Frank A. Glaviano, Vice President Production Americas, Shell Exploration & Production