Final Issue of BCAnews, BCA’s Printed
The January 2011 issue will
be the final issue of BCAnews.
You can find current news on business support to the arts here in the
monthly e-newsletter, BCA Noteworthy, on ARTSblog, and via ArtsWatch,
a weekly e-newsletter that provides the latest policy-relevant arts and
culture news. You can continue to learn about effective arts and
business partnerships by becoming a member of Americans for the Arts. Please
with any questions.
Museum Admission Due to Low Numbers of Locals
After low turnout rates from
Chicago residents, The Art Institute of Chicago is discontinuing the
Target Free Thursday Evening program at the museum. The program will
end on June 2, 2011. This decision was made after research showed that
most of the visitors on Thursday evenings were from out of state, and
the program's goal was to benefit local area residents. The decision
was made not by Target, but by The Art Institute of Chicago. Despite
cutting Target Free Thursdays, visitors will now have access to new and
different admission-free days. For information, www.chicagobusiness.com.
Symphony Orchestra Aims to Grow Audience
The Indianapolis Symphony
Orchestra was gifted a five-year $500,000 grant from the Eli Lilly
& Company Foundation to support "initiatives aimed at building
and sustaining new audiences to its concerts and programs." Lilly
is also the title sponsor of the orchestra's Lilly Classical Series.
For more information, www.insideindianabusiness.com.
Jobs Fare Well
Arts and entertainment
nonprofit jobs grew 4.6 percent per year between 2007 and 2009
according to a recent study from John Hopkins University, showing the
most improvement out of all groups studied. While overall nonprofit
jobs grew by 2.5 percent per year over the same period, for-profit jobs
decreased by 3.3 percent per year. For more information, www.ccss.jhu.edu (pdf).
According to a new Chronicle of Philanthropy poll, 53
percent of 181 organizations surveyed reported that they were raising
more money in November and December of 2010 than they had during the
same time the previous year. One in five of these organizations said
that donations had increased by 20 percent or more. For more
State of New
York's Largest Nonprofits
annual list of New York's largest nonprofits found that New York City's
Metropolitan Museum of Art suffered more than most in 2010. The museum
cut its operating budget to $289.2 million for their fiscal year ending
in June 2010, compared to a $309.5 million budget in the previous year.
The significant cuts were made due to decreased donations and losses in
the museum's endowment. For information, www.crainsnewyork.com.
for the BCA 10
Nominate a company in your
community that supports the arts! The BCA 10 recognizes businesses of
all sizes for their exceptional involvement with the arts that enrich
the workplace, education, and the community. These companies set the
standard of excellence and serve as role models for others to follow.
For more information and to nominate a company, www.AmericansForTheArts.org/go/BCA10.
"Arts organizations play
an important role in our communities. The arts inspire innovation,
promote creativity, and foster collaboration—all qualities that
are also important in business. We support the arts through our
volunteerism, our patronage, and our contributions. In return, the arts
enhance our lives and those of our neighbors, making Oklahoma City an
even better place to live, work, and do business." --John
Richels, President and CEO, Devon Energy, BCA 10 Winner