Thursday, January 21, 2021

Blue, green, and red strips of varying thickness form a circle over red text that reads "Americans for the Arts Arts + Business Partnership Awards"

Americans for the Arts annually honors the best businesses partnering with the arts in America at the Arts and Business Partnership Awards based on nominations by individuals and organizations. These six awards recognize businesses of all sizes for their exceptional involvement with the arts that enriches the workplace, enhances education, and transform communities. For outstanding contributions, an individual arts champion is honored with the Leadership Award; and an extraordinary collaboration between a business and its arts partner is awarded the David Rockefeller Award

Americans for the Arts believes that encouraging creative thinking and leveraging creative expression through arts and business partnerships is essential for building healthy businesses and vibrant communities. The Arts and Business Partnership Awards highlight companies that embrace the transformative power of the arts. The awards celebrate companies of all sizes, from local coffee shops to large companies like Microsoft, Warby Parker, and Scholastic.

Individuals or organizations can:

  • Nominate a business for their exceptional involvement with the arts that enrich the workplace, education, and the community.
  • Nominate a businessperson for the Leadership Award which recognizes an individual for his/her extraordinary vision, leadership, and commitment to supporting the arts. (Past honorees include Chandrika Tandon, Raymond J. McGuire, and Robert Buchsbaum.)
  • Nominate a business and an arts organization (or artist) for the David Rockefeller Award, which recognizes an exceptional project, program, or initiative that represents a true alliance, collaboration, or exchange between the two. Thanks to the David Rockefeller Foundation, the winning arts organization or artist will be awarded $2,500 in recognition of their work. (Past recipients include Uniqlo + Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Square + Cheyenne River Youth Project, and Gensler + Access Gallery.) 

Nominations for all awards close February 12, 2021.

To nominate or learn more, visit

All honorees will be celebrated at a virtual gala in Fall 2021.