Facts & Figures
New Corporate Art Department at Christie’s
Christie’s has developed a new department within their auction house that will be dedicated to the sale of corporate art collections. With the decline of the economy, it is expected that many companies will be looking to profit from sales of their collections. For information, www.crainsnewyork.com.
Suspension of New Grants at The New York Times Company Foundation
As of Friday, April 24, 2009, The New York Times Company Foundation will no longer be accepting grant applications. The company has also put an end to their employee matching gift program. These cuts are due to financial strain the company is facing. For information, www.crainsnewyork.com.
New York City Nonprofit Initiative
Mayor Bloomberg announced the conception of new initiatives to help the cultural, health, and social service nonprofit organizations of New York City. The Mayor’s Office is working with philanthropists to create a program that will pair business and nonprofit executives for a two-year, one-on-one partnership. For information, www.nyc.gov.
Lobbying for Business Support of the Arts
At a time when the city of Indianapolis, IN, is looking to cut a third of its arts funding, Steve Russell, founder of Celadon, spoke at Monument Circle on the case for business funding the arts. In Indianapolis, arts groups generate $48 million in economic activity and spend an additional $50 million on local business. For information, www.indystar.com.
Last Chance to Register for the Forum for New Ideas
Join us at the Forum for New Ideas on Tuesday, May 5, 2009, 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. at Microsoft (1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York City). We will explore how business can work with the arts to stimulate the economy and increase employee productivity. Speakers are Jonathan Spector, CEO, The Conference Board; Krista Pilot, Senior Vice President, Dan Klores Communications; and Randy Cohen, Vice President of Local Arts Advancement, Americans for the Arts. To register, www.AmericansForTheArts.org.
The 44th Annual Encore Awards
Come celebrate exemplary partnerships between arts and businesses. On Tuesday, May 26, 2009, the Arts & Business Council of New York will present the 44th Annual Encore Awards at The Times Center, (242 West 41st St, New York City). This year's honorees include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater & Diageo; CITYarts, Inc. & The Walt Disney Company; Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LEAP) & Fidelity Investments and the Viertel/Frankel/Baruch/Routh Group; and the Museum of Arts & Design
(MAD) & Steelcase, Inc. For more information and for tickets, www.artsandbusiness-ny.org, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 212.279.5910, x1121.
Americans for the Arts Annual Convention
Register now for the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention,
Renewable Resources: Arts in Sustainable Communities.
The convention will take place from June 18–June 20, 2009, in Seattle. Come a day early on Wednesday, June 17, to participate in one of seven Advance Workshops focused on specific topics including Leveraging Private-Sector Support. In this half-day workshop, experts in strategic philanthropy and sponsorship will share their insights about the future of private-sector support for the arts with regard to the current economic climate. To register, www.AmericansForTheArts.org.
PNC Arts Alive
PNC has established PNC Arts Alive, a $5 million, five-year initiative designed to support the arts in the Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey area. PNC Arts Alive doubles PNC’s investment in the arts in this region. The initiative PNC continues to be a leader in corporate commitment to the arts. For information, www.AmericansForTheArts.org/BCA.
Limoneira Co. Finds Room for Art
After five years of unsuccessful attempts of finding housing for a large Santa Paula, CA, art collection, backers have found a space along with some generosity of a local company. Limoneira Co. has offered to lease their historic office building to the museum’s board of directors at a reduced price. They will hold a fundraising reception for the museum’s opening and renovation on May 17, 2009. For information, www.venturacountystar.com.
Humana Festival of New American Plays
Humana has partnered once again with the Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY, for the 33rd Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays. The festival that attracts crowds from around the world has produced more than 350 plays and shown the work of more than 200 playwrights. For information, www.actorstheatre.org.
Speaking from Experience
"I am very passionate about the arts and understand its importance in education and the impact it has in the community. A vibrant arts community is essential for our young and creative associate population at Limited Brands and it has had a significant impact on attracting and retaining talent at all levels of the organization." - Leslie H. Wexner, Chairman & CEO, Limited Brands, Inc.