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Promote the Movement

Now that you know about the pARTnership Movement, what are the best ways to talk about what it is and promote its message to local businesses? Read this handy guide that outlines how to use the pARTnership Movement ads in local media, place articles and op-eds, get the word out through social media, build strategic alliances, and plan arts and business gatherings.

Place the Ads

To make it as simple as possible to promote the pARTnership Movement, we’ve created a series of ready-made ads that you can place in local newspapers and magazines, print in your own organization’s publications, or put on your website or social media accounts.

 

Click here to download the ads in English. Contact us for Spanish versions.

Build Relationships

In addition to promoting the pARTnership Movement so business leaders begin receiving the message that the arts can build their competitive advantage, you can start cultivating individual relationships.

 

Building pARTnerships On Your Own: To help you get started, we’ve put together a helpful tool-kit on building partnerships. It’s chock full of smart ideas, media strategies and more to help you begin to establish local partnerships and explain the benefits of partnering with your arts group.

 

Business Speak: In this tool-kit, learn how to effectively talk to business leaders, marketing departments, human resource personnel and other decision makers within the business environment about how to develop mutually beneficial projects. 

 

Creating pARTnerships with Small and Midsize Businesses: Did you know that in 2009, 69 percent of business support for the arts came from businesses with annual revenues of less than $1 million dollars? In this tool-kit, you’ll learn how to leverage that support.

 

Using Research to Make Your Case: Oftentimes, numbers speak the loudest. Check out our tool-kits on using Americans for the Arts Creative Industries and Arts & Economic Prosperity reports to make your case for support. You can also read our BCA Survey of Business Support for the Arts to understand the trends and patterns of how and why businesses support the arts.

 

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Arts: In this tool-kit, learn what corporate social responsibility is, and how arts groups can partner with businesses to achieve societal change, in addition to furthering the goals of a business and the mission of an organization.

Design Collaborations

Now that you’ve got the relationships in place, what are the best programs and collaborations to propose that are mutually beneficial to both arts and business?

 

Employee Engagement and the Arts: Businesses are always searching for innovative ways to recruit and retain employees. Programs that engage employees through the arts are a wonderful catalyst that can help shift perceptions, embrace diversity, build team spirit, foster creative thinking, and improve communication.

 

Bringing the Arts into the Workplace: Learn how arts organizations across the country are making the case for arts-based training and creating new and innovative programs to work with businesses.

 

Working with Volunteers: Volunteers create an entry point for establishing a relationship with businesses. This tool-kit focuses on skills-based volunteering. If you’re interested in investing more deeply in this type of program, check out our tool-kit on establishing a Business Volunteers for the Arts® program.

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