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Frieze Partners with Tishman Speyer at Rockefeller Center

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Frieze Partners with Tishman Speyer at Rockefeller Center

Frieze Los Angeles may have opened today in Los Angeles. But this new announcement shows that things are starting to heat up in NYC ahead of Frieze New York.

 

Rockefeller Center

Tishman Speyer and Frieze New York announced a new partnership to bring public art to Rockefeller Center. The new annual collaboration will be curated by Brett Littman, director of the Isamu Noguchi Museum. 20 sculptures from Frieze gallerists will be installed in April in anticipation of Frieze New York through June.

 

Rockefeller Center, conceived by John D. Rockefeller, has a robust collection of murals, sculptures, and friezes. The Lower Plaza and Fifth Ave entrance already have two notable sculptures, Prometheus by Paul Manship and Atlas by Lee Lawrie and Rene Paul Chambellan, respectively.

 

Prometheus by Paul Manship (1885-1966), via Rockefeller Center

 

The creation of Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center continues John D. Rockefeller’s vision of the partnerships between businesses and the arts. By bringing in pieces from the Frieze gallerists, Rockefeller Center can share inspiration and creativity with the public.

 

Loring Randolph(Artistic Director, Frieze Americas) said: “I’m thrilled to be collaborating with Rockefeller Center and Brett Littman on a major two-month art initiative, opening up an exciting array of artworks to New Yorkers and international visitors in the heart of Manhattan. Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center is an unprecedented opportunity for our galleries to present work by their artists far beyond a fair booth or gallery space, in a historic, much-loved, and bustling New York City site. Brett Littman is one of New York’s brightest curatorial minds, and I cannot wait to see what he has in store for us!” 

 

Brett Littman said: “It is very exciting to be working on such a far-reaching project with Frieze New York and Rockefeller Center. My goal for Frieze Sculpture this year is to curate an immersive campus-wide installation that is responsive to the architecture and Noguchi’s bas relief News (1940). I plan to include a diverse group of international artists, many of whom have not sited public sculpture in New York before, whose works are conscious of our current political moment and question how sculpture operates in our contemporary world.” 

 

Michaella Solar-March(Managing Director, Rockefeller Center Marketing and Experience) said: “Rockefeller Center is known and celebrated for its displays of public art, both permanent works and special exhibits with some of the world’s leading artists. Bringing Frieze Sculpture to New York is the next step of our public art journey, and we can’t wait for New Yorkers to be able to enjoy this incredible, wide-ranging installation that will effectively turn the Center into an art park each year.”

 

Like grandfather, like grandson.

David Rockefeller, Jr, founder of the Business Committee for the Arts and namesake of the David Rockefeller pARTnership Award, founded One Chase Plaza, now 28 Liberty, with a similar vision of pairing the arts and business. Like Rockefeller Center, One Chase Plaza was designed as a physical manifestation of that idea, with the artwork an integral piece of the building structure. The plaza, now owned by Fosun, boasts an Isamu Noguchi piece commissioned by David Rockefeller, Jr. Fosun was a recipient of the 2018 BCA 10  Award for its partnership with arts organizations like Sing For Hope, and for its incorporation of the existing art into its new logo.   

 

More than 30 Sing For Hope Pianos on 28 Liberty Plaza

 

Cover image: Atlas by Lee Lawrie (1877-1963) and Rene Paul Chambellan (1893-1955) via Rockefeller Center

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Annoucing our 2019 Judges!

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Annoucing our 2019 Judges!

We are excited to share this year's esteemed judges for the BCA 10 Awards: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America. We are honored to have their expertise!

 

 

Toni Freeman

The Arts and Science Council (ASC)

 

Mark Hegedus

Magic Hat Brewery

 

Kate Marquez

Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance

 

Felicia Shaw

Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis

 

Ryan Williams

NBC

 

Every year, Americans for the Arts recognizes 10 businesses of all sizes for their exceptional involvement with the arts that enriches the workplace and the community. These companies set the standard for excellence and serve as role models for others to follow. We also honor an individual with the BCA Leadership Award and a partnership with the David Rockefeller Fund pARTnership Award.

 

Check back this Spring to meet our 2019 honorees!

 

The honorees will be celebrated a gala in New York City on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Central Park Boathouse.

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How the Arts can Solve Top Concerns of CEOs

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How the Arts can Solve Top Concerns of CEOs

 

CNBC reported on The Conference Board’s latest study, C-Suite Challenge 2019™, which lists the top three internal concerns for CEOs as the following:

 

1.       Attracting and retaining top talent

2.       Creating new business models due to disruptive technology

3.       Developing the next generation of leaders

 

If these concern you, you should try the arts.

 

Attracting and retaining top talent

The arts stimulate positive company culture and conversation, foster employee well-being, and inspire a healthier work environment through unique and meaningful experiences for human connection. Who wouldn’t want to work at an organization that encourages a positive work environment?

 

The Standard, a past BCA 10 honoree, has been using the arts to create organizational culture through a pop-up gallery that showcases employees’ visual and textile art, jewelry, and fashion pieces. The show was designed to break down barriers among departments, foster better relationships among co-workers, and encourage innovation in the workplace.

 

Outside of the office, the arts are essential to the development of a vibrant and diverse community in which the best employees want to live, work, shop, create, and contribute. Businesses and its leaders understand the value of the arts in enriching community life. 79% of companies surveyed in study Business Contributions to the Arts, conducted in partnership with The Conference Board, support the arts to improve the quality of life.

 

2018 BCA 10 winner Phillips 66 has been involved in its community as supporters of Houston Symphony as a leading corporate donor, and as a presenting sponsor of free performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre by Stages Repertory Theater. Greg Garland, CEO said the company “is proud to support the arts. Our communities are enriched by the arts, precisely because art touches and changes lives in ways that are positive and profound.”

 

Creating new business models due to disruptive technology

The arts reveal and enhance the breadth of talent and creativity among employees and teams by cultivating the creative thinking skills your business needs. Take CopperPoint Insurance. The company’s commitment to integrating the arts into its operational culture has created opportunities to think outside the box. Since 2007, CopperPoint has engaged in a “drawing out loud process” known as Graphic Facilitation which features the use of large-scale imagery to lead group discussions and literally draw the company’s annual goals and initiatives.

 

The arts foster inspiration, empathy, and leadership —all which establish a platform to innovate in an ever-evolving economy. At Hallmark, creative employees can take part in the my5days program, which leads to “new ways of thinking, personal inspiration, and growth.” Through workshops, gallery shows, and collaborations with nonprofits, Hallmark is giving its employees opportunities “to renew, explore, learn, and think differently about the world and work around them.”

 

The arts can work beyond helping employees develope creative solutions around new technology - particularly if art is part of the tech. Nokia Bell Labs has been collaborating with artists as part of its Experiments in Arts and Technology (E.A.T. Program). Working with New Museum's NEW INC and Stevens Institute of Technology, the company is exploring modes empathic communication in the latest technology. This partnership is not only trying to integrate a more beneficial human aspect to technologoy, but it is encouraging engineers and researches to look at their work from new persepctives.

 

 

Developing the next generation of leaders

According to Business Contributions to the Arts, 63 percent of companies promote board service at arts organizations. This data is supported by studies conducted by Korngold Consulting, which demonstrate that board experience creates stronger leaders, as summarized in this Forbes piece– Nonprofit Board Service Builds More Effective Business Leaders.

 

It’s no wonder that 2018 BCA 10 honoree Fifth Third Bank’s Teresa Tanner, chief administrative officer, was named Chair of ArtsWave’s Board of Directors last fall;  and the company has many other executives who serve on the boards of arts and cultural organizations, including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Ballet, and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, as well as other arts organizations across its 10-state reach. ArtsWave even started a program, BOARDwayBound, which selects board candidates and current board members for a two-month professional development session. In a post in BizJournals, President and CEO Alecia Kintner noted “Arts board leadership is one of the top professional development tools Cincinnati’s corporate community uses to groom high-performing employees into future leadership.”

 

Suffice it to say, the arts are pretty powerful. They can have remarkable effects on employees, companies, and communities. But that's not all - check out our Arts + Social Impact Explorer to see how they intersect every aspect of our lives. So the next time you encounter an issue, consider using the arts.

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Square Partners with Exit12 Dance Company

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Square Partners with Exit12 Dance Company

2018 David Rockefeller pARTnership Award winner Square released the next film in its remarkable series For Every Dream: Exit12: Moved by War.

 

The latest installment follows veteran and dancer Roman Baca and his company Exit12, as they create and perform pieces that speak to the experiences and effects of war.

 

"From the beginning, the artistic mission of their dance company, Exit12, has been to use choreography as a means of communicating the diverse and nuanced experiences of military veterans. Exit12 holds workshops with active duty and retired veterans, with the goal of coaxing out creative expression through movement of the body. For some, the more abstract form of dance allows them to communicate when words have failed them."

 

Exit 12: Moved by War from Square on Vimeo.

 

 

In 2018, Square won the David Rockefeller pARTnership Award in tandem with Cheyenne River Youth Project for their documentary Lakota in America. We had the honor of speaking with Justin Lomax, Head of Operations of Square and Malcolm Pullinger, Creative Director of Even/Odd Films in conversation with Julie Garreau of CRYP in November 2018. Check out the webinar on ArtsU to learn more about Square's partnerships and the incredible film series.

 

To nominate a business for the David Rockefeller pARTnership Award or the BCA 10, click here. Nominations are open until February 1.

 

To learn more about serving the health and well-being of our military populations through the arts, visit the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military at Americans for the Arts.

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Checking in with Creativity

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Checking in with Creativity

LIFEWTR is at it again, bringing creativity and design where you wouldn’t expect it. As official water for Marriot International, LIFEWTR is building upon its arts-centric foundation by launching an art and technology campaign. As the official in-room water, LIFEWTR will encourage guests to dip into their own creativity and share their work.

 

The water bottles, which already have striking artwork on the label, will also be tagged with an QR code that guests can scan with Facebook’s in-app camera. From there, guests can select augmented reality art pieces, featuring work from past LIFEWTR artists to decorate their room’s virtual walls.

 

Through engaging guests through art, Marriot is hoping to “spark new ways of thinking,” according to Matthew Carroll, Vice President, Global Brand Management for Marriot Hotels. This partnership elevates the guests’ experiences beyond a typical stay by engaging and “engag[ing] and inspir[ing] guests through innovative travel offerings.”

 

Stacy Taffet, Vice President, Water Portfolio, PepsiCo said “LIFEWTR and Marriot hotels are committed to advancing creativity and finding new and innovative ways to bring art to life.” The collaboration with technology is aligned with the next set of bottles, Series 7, which will showcase designs by “emerging creative talent who focus on art through technology.”

 

Photo from Multivu Press Release

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Vans Custom Culture Announces 2019 Shoe Customization Contest

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Vans Custom Culture Announces 2019 Shoe Customization Contest

Today, Vans Custom Culture announced the opening of the 2019 Vans Custom Culture Shoe Customization Contest. From January 2-January 31, art teachers and administrators register their high schools on the Vans Custom Culture website to be one of the 500 schools in the running for the grand prize. Select schools will receive a box of arts supplies from partner Yoobi and will be tasked with transforming an unconvential canvas of 2 pairs of shoes into art. This year’s themes are “Local Flavor” and “Off The Wall.” From here, a top 50 will be determined based on the artwork and an impact document. The final phase will take place from April 22 – May 3 in the form of a public vote to select the five finalists. The grand-prize winner will be presented $75,000 at a surprise celebration with Vans and partners Americans for the Arts and Journey. Runner-ups will receive $10,000 and a gift from Vans.

 

Vans has partnered with Americans for the Arts since 2012 as Custom Culture’s official national charity partner. Together, these organizations are highlighting the value of arts education. Last month, Vans and Americans for the Arts announced its 10 grantees for the Vans Custom Culture grant, which awards public (and charter) high school programs that demonstrate commitment to providing students with a well-rounded education.

 

Vans is a VF Corporation brand. VF received a 2018 BCA 10 award for its outstanding support of the arts. Every year, Americans for the Arts, recognizes 10 businesses of all sizes for their exceptional involvement with the arts that enriches the workplace, education, and the community. To nominate a business for the 2019 BCA 10 awards, click here.

 

Photo: Entry from the Vans Custom Culture Competition, Fontainbleau High School

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BCA 10 Nominations Now Open!

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BCA 10 Nominations Now Open!

Every year, Americans for the Arts through its Business Committee for the Arts, honors the 10 best businesses partnering with the arts in America.

 

As today’s business landscape continues to shift, companies need talent that can respond to an ever-changing world of work. Participation in creative expression fosters and incubates the essential skills and leadership needed in today’s world. Innovation can be defined as applied creativity and partnering with arts organizations and artists unlocks pathways to that innovation.

 

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.

 

Sean Conrol of Square and Julie Garreau of Cheyenne River Youth Project accept the David Rockefeller pARTnership Award from Camilla Rockefeller at the BCA 10 Gala. Photo by Sylvain Gaboury.

 

NOMINATE A BUSINESS for their exceptional involvement with the arts that enrich the workplace, education, and the community.

 

NOMINATE A BUSINESS PERSON FOR THE LEADERSHIP AWARD, which recognizes an individual for his/her extraordinary vision, leadership, and commitment to supporting the arts.

 

NOMINATE A BUSINESS AND AN ARTS ORGANIZATION (OR ARTIST) FOR THE DAVID ROCKEFELLER PARTNERSHIP AWARD, which recognizes an exceptional project, program, or initiative that represents a true alliance, collaboration, or exchange between the two. 

 

Submissions close January 25.

 

To nominate or learn more about eligibility, visit www.americansforthearts.org/events/bca-10/nominations.

 

All honorees will be celebrated at the BCA 10 black-tie gala in New York City during the first week on October 2019.

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A Theatre Company in Good Company

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A Theatre Company in Good Company

Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company

 

The Tony Award-winning director founded the eponymous organization in 2002 with a mission “to celebrate the rich tradition of black storytelling while giving voice to bold new artists of all cultures.” Since its founding, the theatre company has not only produced remarkable shows, but it has become an integral part of Atlanta’s community. True Colors has partnered with businesses throughout the city, including past BCA 10 honoree Turner Broadcasting, Coca-Cola, and State Farm.

 

Turner Broadcasting Systems

Turner Broadcasting has been a sponsor of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company since 2007. Through the Turner Voices Program, that “strategically invests in community arts and culture and youth development,” the company has become a vital part in “developing a pipeline of future storytellers and talent.”

 

Turner’s engagement with True Colors Theatre Company extends far beyond one hallmark program.  Three Turner employees sit on the Board of Directors, including the Board President. These connections inspire deeper involvement within the arts and the community. In addition to board leadership, the company promotes performances to their employee base through digital e-boards and a corporate responsibility newsletter, who then receive discounts to shows. True Colors even produces programming specifically for Turner Broadcasting: for one performance each season, they can invite up to 300 employees to attend a dress rehearsal. This is not only a way for the company to show gratitude to its staff by providing an opportunity to attend the rehearsal, but it helps promote the performance by word of mouth. Employees who see the show in previews spread the word among the office and the community.

 

The theatre company also partners with Business Resource Groups (BRG), particularly with Black Professionals at Turner (BP@T) to bring together local actors and directors with Turner Broadcasting Systems employees. By exposing the Turner creative teams to other creatives in the community, everyone can learn from each other’s experiences.

 

With an abundance of opportunities for the Atlanta staff to interact with artists, employees in the New York City office wanted a piece of the fun. This past spring, Kenny Leon directed the revival of Children of a Lesser God, which ran at Studio 54 from March-May 2018. Leon hosted a lunch and learn for the New York City Office, an exciting opportunity for employees to meet a Tony Award-winning director and a chance for Leon to spread the word about the production.

 

Turner Broadcasting Systems will receive the Abundance Award at True Colors Applauds Awards Brunch in 2019, given to a corporation for its outstanding support of the arts community.

 

Corporate BRGs

True Colors has also partnered with other companies like Coca-Cola to celebrate Black History Month. It presented a scene from August Wilson’s King Hedley II to the African American Resource Group at a gathering with foods celebrating the African American experience.

 

Jamil Jude, Associate Artistic Director, introducing the cast of King Hedley II at Coca-Cola. Photo by LaTeshia Ellerson, courtesy Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company

 

Community Engagement

Though not a sponsor, State Farm has been active in ensuring their employees are engaged in the local community. Director of Education, Nikki Toombs, will be directing a montage performance featuring some of our students from the August Wilson Monologue Competition. There will be singing, monologues and movement in the montage.

 

Main photo: Nina Simone: Four Women by Christiana Ham & Directed by Michele Shay. L-R: Wendy Fox Williams, Regina Marie Williams, Adrienne Reynolds, and Jordan Frazier. Photo by Greg Mooney, courtesy Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre

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Private Sector Takes a Stand

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Private Sector Takes a Stand

“Brand Impact,” “Brand Democracy,” “Brand Activism” – whatever you call it, you should get in on it.

 

In recent years, it might have seemed like taking a stand on social or political issues could spell disaster for a company. And yet, more and more often, we are seeing brands and their leaders speaking out.

 

Why would a company risk losing customers and profit if a stance could alienate significant portions of the country?

 

Stakeholders expect it.

 

As reported by eMarketer, two-thirds “want brands to take a stand on social and political issues.”  With over half of the respondents stating that companies should take a stand on human rights and labor laws, combined responses for “yes, all brands should take a stand” and “only if it relates to products/services” were all above 64%.

 

According to Edelman’s 2017 report: The Rise of the Belief-Driven Buyer, 1 in 2 people are belief-driven buyers, meaning “they choose, switch, avoid, or boycott a brand based on its stand on societal issues.” In the 2018 survey, they found that 64% of respondents are belief-driven buyers. This stance is the majority across all ages, with the highest percentage among the 18-34 range. However, 35-54 and 55+ are steadily increasing at a faster rate.

 

Even internally, almost 57% of employees at Fortune 1000 “think corporations should play a more active role in addressing social issues,” as reported by Povaddo. 55% want the “company and/or CEO to be more vocal on important societal issues.” Employees want more outlets and resources to be engaged with political or social issues.

 

Why are brands expected to take stands?

 

The private sector has power.

 

Consumers are looking to corporations to lead the way. Per Edelman, 57% of respondents in the US believe “it is easier for people to get brands to address social problems than to get government to take action” and 53% believe “brands can do more to solve social ills than government.”

 

Likewise, according to GlobeScan and BSR’s State of Sustainable Business 2018 report, 71% of respondents believe that large global companies are “more effective than governments at advancing the sustainability agenda.”

 

 

What’s one way companies can take a stand?

 

The arts can make a difference.

 

Although the arts are not explicitly listed as an issue, they intersect with each category. As demonstrated in the Art + Social Impact explorer, the arts can play a significant role in all arenas. Through business partnerships with artists and arts organizations, we have seen the power of the arts in advancing human rights, the environment, gender equality, LGBTQIA+ rights, and more.

 

Here’s to hoping that an increase in expectation and effort from corporations to be mindful of and invested in social and political stances means an increase in engagement with the arts.

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2018 BCA 10 Honorees in Forbes Magazine

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2018 BCA 10 Honorees in Forbes Magazine

This year's BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America honorees were in the September 30 issues of Forbes Magazine.

 

Read more about this year's honorees:

Churchill Downs

Fifth Third Bank

Fosun International Shanghai CN

Phillips 66

The Standard

Tierney

UMB Financial Corporation

VF Corporation

West Bend Mutual Insurance Company

Zions Bank

 

David Rockefeller pARTnership Award: Square + Cheyenne River Youth Project

BCA Leadership Award: Chandrika Tandon

 

 

Special thanks to Christopher "Kip" Forbes, Vice Chairman of Forbes and winner of the 2011 BCA Leadership Award.

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