Cutting through the hustle and bustle of Times Square, an advertisement promoting the pARTnership Movement made its appearance on MTV’s 44 ½. Playing four times every hour, the advertisement filled the megatron—one of the largest in Times Square—for the week of October 3–9. The pARTnership Movement is a new initiative from Americans for the Arts that provides businesses and arts organizations with the resources they need to make meaningful collaborations—partnerships that not only support a healthy, creative, and artistic community, but that also give businesses a competitive advantage. Keep an eye out for the new website, www.partnershipmovement.org, coming soon. Click here to view the advertisement which appeared on MTV’s 44 ½.
The BCA 10
Arketype Hosts Creative Conversation
On October 27, Arketype, Inc., a 2009 BCA10 honoree, partnered with Americans for the Arts to host “Creative Consortium: A New Financial Patron Approach,” a part of the Creative Conversation series. The Creative Conversations, part of National Arts and Humanities Month, brought together local arts and community leaders to discuss the arts in their communities. Arketype’s conversation focused on developing a grassroots consortium of financial backers from all walks of life. For more information, www.arketypeinc.com.
BCA 10 2011 Winners Recognized in Their Local Communities
This year’s BCA10 winners have been making headlines across the country for their dedication to supporting the arts. See what is happening in Florida with Walt Disney World Resort and Wilde Lexus of Sarasota. Take a look at what people have to say about some more of this year’s honorees, including Printing Partners, Baker Botts L.L.P., and Publicity Works.To read more about the event, visit ARTSblog.
WEBINAR: Award-Winning Arts and Business Partnerships
Wednesday, November 16, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. EST
Each year, the BCA 10 honors 10 businesses setting the standard of excellence and serving as role models for other businesses to follow. Hear directly from the 2011 honorees about how they support the arts and learn how to create successful partnerships with the businesses in your community. This webinar is Wednesday, November 16, 2011, from 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. EST and will be moderated by Rie Poirier Campbell, Chief Operating Officer of Greater Hartford Arts Council. Panelists include: Michael O’Brien, President Printing Partners; Christine Hoisington, Manager of Community Partnership Relations, Booz Allen Hamilton; Cindy Howley, Manager - Kohler Stewardship & Corporate Events, Kohler. For information and to register, http://eo2.commpartners.com.
Join the Private Sector Blog Salon, November 14–18, 2011
The arts have relied on patrons for thousands of years, but the new landscape of arts and business partnerships offers much more than just exchange of money and goods. More than ever, the arts are being deeply integrated in business strategy to benefit workforce development, recruitment and retention, management training, creative problem solving, community engagement, and to celebrate diversity. Join a select group of bloggers to discuss these issues on ARTSblog from November 14–18.
Zappos Shoe Company Makes Its Mark in Downtown Las Vegas
Zappos CEO Mr. Hsieh has hundreds of employees donating time to brainstorm ideas for new restaurants, bars, and artistic opportunities near Las Vegas City Hall. This includes purchasing the rights to First Friday, a monthly celebration of the downtown art scene, and donating $2 million to the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. For information, www.lasvegassun.com.
Facts and Figures
Mixed Success in Fundraising: Met Opera Is Up, Lincoln Center Is Down
The Metropolitan Opera in New York saw a significant increase in private donations this past year, rising 21.7 percent to $127 million. Down in Florida, the New World Symphony reported its largest percentage increase in private giving last year. However, not everyone has been reporting the same gains. According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, many of the 400 largest U.S. based nonprofits have yet to fully recover from the recent recession. Donations to Goldman Sachs Gives, the company’s charitable foundation, dropped 36.4 percent last year and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts saw donations plummet 42.4 percent. With no end in sight for U.S. economic woes, many nonprofits are rethinking how they fundraise. For information, www.bloomberg.com.
Northwestern Mutual Foundation Provides Grants to Foster Arts Education
Northwestern Mutual has allocated more than $500,000 in grants to support arts education groups across Wisconsin. “Our goal is to help ensure kids in Milwaukee have access to the arts,” said Vice President of Northwestern Mutual Foundation Deanna Tillisch. “Research shows that students who participate extensively in arts programs score higher on standardized tests, are more well-rounded, and exude more confidence than those not exposed to the arts.” For information, www.marketwatch.com.
Private Sector Network
Nashville Arts and Business Council Inspires Corporate Creativity
The Arts and Business Council of Nashville celebrated Nashville’s diverse and robust artistic community with their annual ArtWorks exhibit and reception. Designed to reveal the artistic potential of the community, ArtWorks invites companies to enter ten original pieces of art created by their employees. Featuring entries that ranged from painting and photography to sculpture and architecture, ArtWorks was a showcase of the creative potential in the business community. All entries compete to win the Critic’s Pick Awards and the People’s Choice Awards, adding a little friendly competition to the mix. Read more about the evening, and see the list of winners, www.abcnashville.org
Speaking From Experience
"The arts inspire each of us in different ways, provoke thought, spur creativity, and connect us with one another in a shared experience. These are essential qualities of a strong and successful business as well." —Ralph W. Shrader, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Booz Allen Hamilton and The BCA 10 Winner