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Seeing High Seas: Art + Tech in Times Square

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Seeing High Seas: Art + Tech in Times Square

For tech giant Microsoft, partnering with the arts is nothing new. Since their BCA 10 honor in 2013, they have continued to collaborate with artists, including Mel Chin. The Queens Museum and No Longer Empty are hosting his exhibit Mel Chin: All Over the Place in the bright, bustling center of New York City. Here, tourists and art goers alike can step into Chin’s two-part multimedia works Wake (hosted by Times Square Arts) and Unmoored.

 

Among the mammoth installation of Wake’s animatronic Jenny Lind figurehead of the 19th century USS Nightingale and its skeleton, viewers can immerse (or submerge) themselves into the work with Unmoored. Together, Chin and Microsoft developed a mixed reality experience depicting New York City under water. Complete with different types of plankton, the imaginary water rises above the viewers when they don the Microsoft HoloLens – a potential glimpse into the future of the city.

 

According to Queens Museum, Chin’s work highlights “the natural environment, socioeconomic systems and injustice, the weight of lamentations as well as the lightness of humor to reveal truths” and uses different “disciplines that intersect in the artist’s politically charged work and demonstrate how art can promote social awareness and responsibility and reanimate curiosity.”

 

Through this partnership, Chin created a world where the past, present, and future collide.

 

Other businesses that collaborated on this project include Listen (a company that focuses on sound, strategy, and experiences), and Zengalt (the HoloLens team that focuses on museums).

 

Photo from Unmoorednyc.com

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Cool Globes in a Pittsburgh Summer

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Cool Globes in a Pittsburgh Summer

Since 2006, Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet, an offshoot of a commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative, has placed globes around the world to combat climate change. Using public art, Cool Globes has brought messages of awareness to Washington DC, California, Texas, and Copenhagen, Geneva, Marseilles, Amsterdam, and Jerusalem.

 

Last month, they unveiled the latest exhibit in Pittsburgh, with support from 2013 BCA 10 honoree PNC Foundation. In a news release, Greg Jordan, PNC General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer said:

The Cool Globes exhibit is internationally recognized not only for its artistry but also for shining a light on the environment. The exhibit, and the globe we selected for installation at Triangle Park that represents green building, couldn’t be a more natural fit with PNC’s commitment to sustainability initiatives. We can think of no better place to showcase this exhibit and the work of local artists than our hometown.

 

In 2013, at the time of PNC’s BCA honor, then Executive Vice President and Director of Community Affairs said, “The PNC Foundation has always believed that engagement in the arts enriches lives and builds stronger, more vibrant communities.” Through this partnership with Cool Globes, PNC Foundation continues to use the arts to create strong, engaged communities.

 

Cool Globes in Pittsburgh is also made possible by the City of Pittsburgh Mayor’s Office, Heinz Endowments, and the Pittsburgh Penguin Foundations.

 

Check out a sample of the globes on their site.

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Museum and Hospital Partner for Art and Medicine

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Museum and Hospital Partner for Art and Medicine

Through past BCA 10 honorees in healthcare, American’s for the Arts’ Art & Health topics, and The National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military, we have seen countless stories of the healing properties of the arts and how they can help people lead better, healthier lives. But there are other ways that the arts can benefit a patient – through helping create better doctors.

 

Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA, in partnership with Seattle Art Museum (SAM) created the Art & Medicine program that brings residents and physicians to SAM. As reported in the Seattle Times, by learning from the arts educators, these physicians develop observational skills and better relationships with colleagues.

 

For all the training and research these physicians did in medical school, there was little interaction with real patients. Through this partnership, doctors engage with pieces that help them consider humanity and empathy. In addition to helping their relationships with patients, the doctors can also build teamwork amongst themselves. In a workspace were there can be separations between the departments, this arts program allows them to come together.

 

The program is led by Sarah Bloom, Senior Manager of Education Programs and Dr. Amish Dave, who lead the Art & Medicine for SAM and Virginia Mason, respectively.

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BOARDway Bound with ArtsWave

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BOARDway Bound with ArtsWave

Cincinnati’s ArsWave is back with its signature program aimed at cultivating business leaders who will become the region’s next set of arts board members. BOARDway Bound offers selected board candidates and current board members a two-month professional development session. Throughout the process, the newest cohort will take courses like “All Things Revenue,” “Nonprofit Financial Management,” and “Impact, Collaboration, Storytelling,” among others.

 

Since 2004, ArtsWave has trained and placed 300+ candidates, many of whom come from health, energy, and financial industries. Equipped with a greater understanding of arts management, these leaders have successfully helped arts organizations increase revenue and increase audiences.

 

As ArtsWave President and CEO Alecia Kintner notes in an ArtsBiz, “Arts board leadership is one of the top professional development tools Cincinnati’s corporate community uses to groom high-performing employees into future leadership.” Through board participation, employees have opportunities to explore different challenges and creative solutions. Moreover, through these engagements, they can deepen their sense of community.

 

One of the local businesses that understands the value of board participation is Cincinnati Fifth Third Bank. ArtsWave nominated the company for a BCA 10 Award, which it will receive on October 2 in New York City at the BCA 10 Gala that honors the best businesses partnering with the arts.

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United States Conference of Mayors Approves Arts-related Resolutions

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United States Conference of Mayors Approves Arts-related Resolutions

From June 8-11, mayors from across the nation convened in Boston for the annual meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM). Among other resolutions related to Arts and Culture Funding and the recognition of Arts and Humanities Month, USCM approved the resolution for using Arts and Business Partnerships to Promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

 

Here’s an excerpt of the approved resolution:

 

“NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the United States Conference of Mayors reaffirms the value of the arts in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion; and

BE IT FUTHER RESOLVED, that The United States Conference of Mayors encourages businesses to leverage arts-based partnerships to achieve internal and external diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.”

 

For the full listing of approved resolutions from the Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment, and Sports committee, click here.

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IKEA Partners with Artisan Refugees for New Line

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IKEA Partners with Artisan Refugees for New Line

IKEA announced that its Brooklyn store will have a new, exclusive line, created by Jordanian women and Syrian refugee artisans. In partnership with the Jordan River Foundation, it created the line TILLTALANDE, which features handmade products. The cushion covers and rugs weave together traditional techniques and modern styles.  

 

Jordan River Foundation was founded in 1995 to promote child safety and community empowerment. IKEA, the Swedish home furnishings giant, has been partnering with social entrepreneurs since 2012. With the founding of the IKEA Social Entrepreneur Initiative, the company has been collaborating with artisans and designers across the globe to promote economic empowerment, particularly for women. Together, IKEA and the Foundation have created jobs for more than 100 women, while also creating a unique line.

 

Check out this video on the process.

 

Photo: TILLTALANDE page, via IKEA

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PurePoint Financial Offices Display Local Artists

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PurePoint Financial Offices Display Local Artists

PurePoint Financial is a hybrid digital bank that launched in February 2017. Although it has only been around for a year and a half, it is already into its second art exhibit at its flagship Park Avenue location. With the aim of celebrating the community, PurePoint Financial has supported local artists who feature the New York City landscape and culture.

 

This week, it opened its new gallery, “Dance as Art: The New York Photography Project,” by Kevin Richardson. His work showcases dancers around the city, celebrating both their talent and the NYC environment.  

 

In 2017, PurePoint Financial displayed the photography of Rachel Neville, also a dance photographer. When she auctioned off some of her work, a portion of the proceeds went to Project LIFT, which is a program of New York Theater Ballet that provides access to children. PurePoint is making a matching contribution to the New York Philharmonics Very Young Composers program.

 

With the launch of the first exhibit, Maha Madain, Head of Marketing at PurePoint Financial said, “The art scene is part of New York. What better way to showcase our commitment to the community than being part of the community?”

 

Likewise, their office in Houston features work by Lynn Lane, the official photographer for the Houston Grand Opera and Alley Theatre.

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JetBlue Showing #NonstopPride

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JetBlue Showing #NonstopPride

JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline. With a strong New York representation amongst staff and with one of the leading resource groups for LGBT workplaces, JetPride, it was an easy connection for the airline to partner with New York Gay Men’s Chorus. They first announced their partnership in 2017 and are continuing their support of #NonstopPride.

 

Founded in 1980, it has grown into a successful chorus with over 260 members from diverse backgrounds and ages, and is a member of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses, Inc. Over the years, they have performed at corporate events to concerts and television shows with high-profile singers and orchestras.

 

In addition to supporting NYCGMC, JetBlue is also a supporting of The Center (The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center), Stonewall In Gives Back Initiative, and other Pride events throughout the country.

 

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Law Firm uses Art to Celebrate Pride Month

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Law Firm uses Art to Celebrate Pride Month

For the 12th year, Clifford Chance Arcus Americas is formally celebrating Gay Pride Month through art. This year, there will be art exhibits celebrating the LGBT+ and allies community in New York and Washington, DC in an exhibition entitled, Marks of Resistance. Itwill open in New York and DC on June 20 and 21, respectively, and will remain on view until September 21.  

 

Marks of Resistance includes artwork with a wide range of creative practices that emphasize presence and visibility as a form of political resistance. Works span diverse media and forms: portraiture—of queer people, places and archives that reify cultural memory and demand our attention—and abstract works that articulate identity, personhood and presence through slight or cumulative marks, color and materials.”

 

By exhibiting art by LGBT+ artists, Clifford Chance is able to embrace diversity and foster a supportive, inclusive work environment.  Arcus Allies, the LGBT+ network group, has been expanding its Gay Pride Month programming over the years. While the parallel exhibits of Marks of Resistance will be held in NYC and DC, there will also be works displayed in nine other offices: Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Perth, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo. Since 2016, they have increased the number of participating offices by two.

 

Marks of Resistance artists include: Nancy Brooks Brody, Antonius Bui, Heather Cox, Florence Derive, Edie Fake, Lola Flash, Adrienne Gaither, Daniel Marcellus Givens, Eric Gyamfi, Lenn Keller, Wayne Koestenbaum, Larry Mantello, Signe Olson, Allison Michael Orenstein, Mickalene Thomas and Conrad Ventur.

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eBay, Public Art Fund, and Ai Weiwei Come Together to Support Refugees

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eBay, Public Art Fund, and Ai Weiwei Come Together to Support Refugees

On June 20, World Refugee Day, eBay will release a series of exclusive works through a partnership with Public Art Fund and artist/activist Ai Weiwei. 500 editions of six banners bearing portraits of refugees will go on sale for $750 each. These pieces come from his exhibition Good Fences Make Good Neighbors in NYC, a multi-faceted, 300+ pieces installation that included portraits from the nineteenth century to today. In partnership with Public Art Fund, the display ran for five months throughout all five boroughs of New York City.

 

The artist said: “The work is directly related to the history of human migration and aims to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis happening today. It is a reminder of the artist's responsibility to defend the understanding that all humans share the same meaning of life. I have always believed that to be the foundation of our aesthetic practice."

 

Sam Bright, Senior Director of Art & Collectibles at eBay stated, "we're thrilled to continue our partnership with the Public Art Fund and Ai Weiwei to exclusively give our 171 million active buyers a chance to own limited artworks for an important cause. This special sale furthers our mission to use the power of our platform to impact significant causes, benefiting two essential organizations supporting refugees." Through the company’s platform eBay for Charity, all proceeds from the sales will go to Public Art Fund, which will make a donation to USA for UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Regufees) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

 

In addition to his compelling work, Ai Weiwei is known for his human rights and social justice activism. He will be honored for his Outstanding Contributions to the Arts at Americans for the Art’s 2018 National Arts Awards in October.

 

Photo: Artist Ai Weiwei with artworks: Banner 51, Banner 2, Banner 13, Banner 200, Banner 90, Banner 50; CNC laser cut vinyl 17” x 48.” Courtesy, Public Art Fund, NY.

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