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Business Contributions to the Arts Survey 2018

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Business Contributions to the Arts Survey 2018

Business Contributions to the Arts: 2018 Edition is the second edition published by The Conference Board and Americans for the Arts of the annual study. Conducted in the summer of 2018, the survey garnered 132 responses from small, midsize, and large U.S. businesses, 123 of which made a philanthropic contribution of some description in 2017 and are therefore included in this report. Here are some of the findings:

 

Business support for the arts is increasing. Nearly a quarter of companies expect to increase their funding for the arts in the next 12 months and only 7 percent expect a decrease. These increases will likely be driven by increased overall philanthropy budgets.

 

Creativity continues to drive business engagement with the arts. More than half of respondents overall (53 percent) reported that arts support contributes to stimulating creative thinking and problem solving. This aligns with data from Americans for the Arts’ recent public opinion poll, Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018, where 55 percent of employed adults say their job requires them to “be creative and come up with ideas that are new and unique.” An even greater proportion (60 percent) say that the more creative and innovative they are at their job, the more successful they are in the workplace.

 

The arts improve the economy and quality of life in communities. 79 percent of companies believe arts improve the quality of life in their community, and 63 percent of companies believe the arts contribute to the economy. Similarly, our recent public opinion poll found that 68 percent of Americans say the arts are good for the economy and support jobs.

 

Click to expandBusinesses are looking to the arts for their diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies. 36 percent of all companies partner with the arts as a way to address diversity in the workplace. When looking at companies with over $25 billion in revenue, this increases to 50 percent of all companies surveyed. Additionally, 42 percent of all businesses say the arts provide an avenue to address challenging conversations in the workplace. This is an upward trend from past surveys.

 

Employees want to be engaged with their jobs and their communities. 63 percent of companies promote board service at arts organizations, and 60 percent of companies provide opportunities for their employees to volunteer at arts organizations on company time.

 

Arts education is a priority for businesses. Arts education programs are the most common area of the arts field supported by companies, with 69 percent indicating involvement in such programs. In addition to arts education, music, visual arts, theatre, and culturally specific arts organizations all receive support from more than 50 percent of companies.

 

When it comes to measuring impact, there is room to grow. 55 percent of companies do not measure the social impact of their arts support. This is an area for growth for arts organizations as the business community continues looking for data and a return on investment on their community partnerships.

 

A version of this post initially appeared on ArtsBlog

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Businesses Committee for the Arts Open for Nominations

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Businesses Committee for the Arts Open for Nominations

Does your community have a business leader who champions the arts? Do they understand the arts create vibrant work places? Do they believe that the arts can encourage cultural equity? Do they know that the arts mean business?

 

If so, you can nominate them to become part of the Business Committee for the Arts . The BCA is comprised of business leaders who are passionate about the role the arts play in advancing business goals and transforming communities. Members serve as ambassadors for the mission of the BCA and of Americans for the Arts.

 

For more information and the Nomination Form, click here.

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Announcing the 2017 BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America

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Announcing the 2017 BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America

Americans for the Arts is pleased to announce the BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America honorees for 2017.

 

Presented every year by the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA), a division of Americans for the Arts, the BCA 10 awards honor 10 U.S. companies for their exceptional commitment to the arts through grants, local partnerships, volunteer programs, matching gifts, sponsorships, and board membership.

 

The BCA 10 Awards will be presented by Americans for the Arts on October 11, 2017, at a black-tie gala at the Central Park Boathouse in New York City. The 2017 honorees are:

 

21c Museum Hotels (Louisville, KY)

Cardinal Health (Dublin, OH)

Guitar Center (Westlake Village, CA)

Halekulani (Honolulu, HI)

Houston Methodist (Houston, TX)

Humana Inc. (Louisville, KY)

Kaiser Permanente Colorado (Denver, CO)

Lincoln Financial Group (Radnor, PA)

Magic Hat Brewing Company (South Burlington, VT)

The Betsy Hotel (Miami Beach, FL)

 

"We are grateful to honor these businesses and individuals for their exceptional involvement in ensuring that the arts thrive in their communities," said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. "They provide the arts with significant financial and in-kind support, and they incorporate meaningful arts-related programs into their employee, customer, and community relations activities – truly setting a standard for other businesses to follow."  

 

 For information regarding BCA 10, please contact Jessica Gaines, Business Committee for the Arts Coordinator, at (202) 371-2830 or via e-mail at jgaines@artsusa.org.

 

Event sponsorship and program book advertising opportunities are available.

 

 

Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 55 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at AmericansForTheArts.org.

 

Business Committee for the Arts (BCA) was founded in 1967 by David Rockefeller. A division of Americans for the Arts, the BCA encourages, inspires, and stimulates businesses to support the arts in the workplace, in education, and in the community. BCA merged with Americans for the Arts in 2008.

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Creative America – the $704 Billion Arts and Culture Economy

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Taken from the Huffington Post article “Goals Worth Fighting For,” by Americans for the Arts CEO Robert L. Lynch, below are eight goals that could strengthen our country through the arts. Great reminders to the business community and leaders everywhere as the status of federal funding for the arts is called into question.

 

1. Every person in the United States deserves to have access to the broad range of arts in his or her life. The way to do that is increase federal funding for the arts to $1 per capita for a more creative America;

 

2. Every child in the United States deserves to have access to every art form, grades K-12. The way to do that is fully fund and implement the Well-Rounded Education provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act to close gaps in access to arts education for all students;

 

3. Our country needs to be competitive and the arts provide a great opportunity for economic development, including tourism and support for small arts businesses run by entrepreneurs. One way to get there is by establishing a cabinet-level position to advise President Trump on the $704 billion arts and culture economy;

 

4. The creation of millions of jobs would be helped by boosting economic and community development programs, like those proposed in Senator Tom Udall’s CREATE Act, which promote the role of the arts in serving the American public through federal agencies such as the Small Business Administration, Rural Development Administration, FEMA disaster recovery centers—to name just a few. The job numbers speak loudly: the nation’s arts and culture sector employed 4.7 million wage and salary workers in 2013, with a total compensation of $339 billion;

 

5. Our military service members and veterans deserve to be fully supported during and after valiantly serving our country. Two ways to do that are to support the arts as they are integrated into health and wellness programs, which has shown much success in the past, and to increase access to arts therapists and artist-directed programs to help provide a pathway for re-entry and re-integration of our service members and veterans into the workforce. The NEA’s Creative Forces program is a shining example of this work;

 

6. Preserve or expand charitable tax deduction incentives;

 

7. Support creative youth development by strengthening community-based organizations working in youth development and the arts; and

 

8. Promote cultural exchange programs that advance diplomatic objectives and cultural cooperation through the exchange of art and other aspects of culture among nations.

 

As business leaders continue to share why they value the arts, the arts' impact to and improvement of society remains notably strong.  Additional resources and information about supporting and advocating for the arts are here.

 

Photo: Courtesy of Milliken & Company 2014 BCA 10 Award winnerFountain by Krisel. Sculpture located at the Roger Milliken Center.

Sheila Pree Bright’s Young American series from The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. A program made possible by 2011 BCA 10 and 2016 BCA Hall of Fame Award winner Aetna Inc.

Courtesy of Corning Incorporated 2015 BCA 10 Award winner. Dancers at 171 Cedar Arts Center, a multi-arts center supported by Corning Incorporated Foundation.

 

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Americans for the Arts Releases Seventh pARTnership Movement Essay: Embrace Diversity & Team Building

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Americans for the Arts is proud to announce the seventh installment in the pARTnership movement essay titled Embrace Diversity & Team Building.

 

Each essay in the series, started in June 2015, illustrates one of The pARTnership Movement’s 8 reasons businesses partner with the arts, and has been a key tool in motivating and guiding sustainable, symbiotic partnerships between businesses and the arts. This essay focuses on how you can use the arts to embrace diversity and team building with employees. The essay features case studies from Travelers in Minneapolis and ShoreTel in Sunnyvale, CA.

 

To view and download our Embrace Diversity & Team Building essay and the rest of The pARTnership Movement’s essays, visit www.partnershipmovement.org.

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Americans for the Arts Releases Sixth pARTnership Movement Essay: Saying Thanks

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Americans for the Arts is proud to announce the sixth installment in The pARTnership Movement essay series: Say Thanks. The new release contains hard data, two notable case studies, and many reasons why the arts are a great way to show appreciation for your employees. The facts and figures are clear: the perfect way to inspire your employees is by providing access to arts experiences that show your appreciation for their contributions.

 

Each essay in the series, started in June 2015, illustrates one of The pARTnership Movement’s 8 reasons businesses partner with the arts, and has been a key tool in motivating and guiding sustainable, symbiotic partnerships between businesses and the arts. With advocacy points, quantifiable support, and guiding practices, the essay series is a great step forward in creating or developing a successful partnership which engages employees, enhances brands, and builds vibrant communities.

 

To view and download our Say Thanks essay and the rest of The pARTnership Movement’s essays and new items, visit http://www.partnershipmovement.org/

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Announcing the 2016 BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America

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Announcing the 2016 BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America

Americans for the Arts is pleased to announce the BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America honorees for 2016.

 

Presented every year by the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA), a division of Americans for the Arts, the BCA 10 awards honor 10 U.S. companies for their exceptional commitment to the arts through grants, local partnerships, volunteer programs, matching gifts, sponsorships, and board membership.

 

The BCA 10 Awards will be presented by Americans for the Arts on October 5, 2016, at a black-tie gala at the Central Park Boathouse in New York City. The 2016 honorees are:

 

Austin Energy (Austin, TX)
Badger Meter (Milwaukee, WI)
CopperPoint Insurance Companies (Phoenix, AZ)
Dealer.com (Burlington, VT)
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, DE)
Dunlap Codding (Oklahoma City, OK)
Johnson & Johnson (New Brunswick, NJ)
M Powered Strategies, Inc. (Washington, DC)
Northern Trust (Chicago, IL)
Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, OH)

 

This year saw first-time awards for businesses representing the states of Arizona, Delaware, New Jersey, and Vermont.

 

"We are grateful to honor these 10 businesses for their exceptional involvement in ensuring that the arts thrive in their communities," said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. "These businesses provide the arts with significant financial and in-kind support, and they incorporate meaningful arts-related programs into their employee, customer, and community relations activities. They enrich the lives of millions of Americans and truly set a standard for other businesses to follow."

 

For information regarding the BCA 10 including sponsorship and tickets, please contact Emily Peck, Vice President of Private Sector Initiatives at 202-371-2830 or via e-mail at epeck@artsusa.org.

 

Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 50 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at AmericansForTheArts.org.

 

Founded in 1967 by David Rockefeller, the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA), a division of Americans for the Arts, encourages, inspires, and stimulates businesses to support the arts in the workplace, in education, and in the community. The Business Committee for the Arts merged with Americans for the Arts’ in 2008.

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Why should your business support the arts? Because your employees support the arts!

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Americans for the Arts has released an in-depth study of American perceptions and attitudes towards the arts, which reveals that working Americans support arts education and favor government funding for the arts. 48 percent of the survey respondents were employed full time when taking the survey.

 

The survey, conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs in December 2015, polled 3,020 adults online on topics such as support for arts education and government arts funding, personal engagement in the arts, the personal benefits and well-being that comes from engaging in the arts, and if/how those benefits extend more broadly to the community. The study is being released in phases with another section coming in spring 2016.

 

Key findings include: 

 

 

  • The survey demonstrates that the public wants more government funding for the arts, and they are more likely to favor than to penalize candidates at the ballot box for providing it. A blog discussing these findings in detail is available on Americans for the Arts’ website.

 

  • Americans are especially likely to favor funding programs that beautify blighted or abandoned areas, create programs for the elderly, and promote pro-social behavior with at-risk youth (68 percent each); aid returning military personnel (69 percent) and provide art in public spaces (71 percent). Funding for programs seeking to create religious art in public spaces is seen as least favorable, though still supported 41 percent. Learn about Americans for the Arts' Public Art Network and our work with arts and health in the military.

 

  • One in five would be willing to pay more taxes (17 percent) in order to see arts funding increase, while similar proportions think the government should cut from other areas of the budget in order to fund the arts more (18 percent). Another 19 percent would like to pay less taxes, but still cut from other areas of the budget to maintain arts funding.

 

Learn more about this study and find other relevant research.

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Mary Phan Wins Scholarship Integrating the Arts and Economics

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Mary Phan Wins Scholarship Integrating the Arts and Economics

The NABE Foundation, the charitable arm of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), and Americans for the Arts jointly announced today that Mary Anne Phan has won the eighth annual NABE Foundation/Americans for the Arts Scholarship Award. Phan was presented with the scholarship on March 8 at the 2016 NABE Economic Policy Conference in Washington, DC.

 

Phan will receive the $5,000 scholarship to further the integration of the arts into the study and application of economics in her undergraduate career and professional development. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Art History at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

 

“As an economics and art history double major, I am interested in the force of the art market on the economy and conversely, in economic motivations in art,” said Phan. “It is such an honor to receive the NABE Foundation/Americans for the Arts Scholarship Award and it will allow me to fund my study abroad at Lincoln College, Oxford University, next semester.”

 

“I am delighted that Mary Anne will have the opportunity to continue pursuing her passion for both the arts and economics with the help of this scholarship award,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “This award reflects the fundamental belief that the arts are a key component in helping to prepare students to succeed, and it’s a pleasure to partner with the NABE Foundation for the eighth year to recognize student achievement in both the arts and economics.”

 

“These award recipients are at the cutting edge of our profession; by operating at the intersection of economics and creativity, they see patterns in our behavior that others miss,” said Diane Swonk, founder of DS Economics and a NABE Foundation Board member.

 

Read the full press release here.

 

To learn more about Phan’s perspective on the intersection of economics and the arts, read her blog post on ARTSblog.

 

The NABE Foundation Americans for the Arts Scholarship Award was established in 2008 to encourage the integration of the arts into the economic education process. Recipients of the scholarship must come from economically disadvantaged households and have attended public school. Successful candidates demonstrate long-term participation in the study of, creation in and/or performance in one or more art forms, including dance, music, theater, literary, visual/media arts; excel academically; and have formally declared the intent to study economics for policy purposes, or in applications in the private and public sectors. The scholarship recipients are selected following a competitive review process which begins with a pre-screening of applicants by Americans for the Arts, followed by a review of finalists by a subcommittee, and ratification of recipients by the NABE Foundation Board.

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New Essay on Engaging Employees Through Art Partnerships

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In 2014, a Society of Human Resource Management study found that employees in the United States remain only moderately tuned in at work. Gallup took this a step further, reporting that we’re in the midst of an “employee engagement crisis.” In June 2013, Gallup had estimated that “actively disengaged” employees cost the United States $450 to $550 billion per year in lost productivity in its report, “How to Tackle U.S. Employees’ Stagnating Engagement.”

 

How can companies combat this problem and boost workforce engagement? Mark
Royal, a consultant at the management consulting firm Hay Group, says that engagement tends to be deeper among employees who feel that they have opportunities for growth and development. “The problem for organizations is that demand for such opportunities frequently outpaces the available supply,” he says.

 

By partnering with arts organizations, companies can provide employees with innovative opportunities for growth and development, which can in turn have positive effects on engagement, morale, retention, and performance.

 

In our new essay in the pARTnership Movement essay series, we explore how the Arts & Science Council's Cultural Leadership Training (CLT) Program in Charlotte and the Center of Creative Arts' COCAbiz program in St. Louis helps business employees learn how to serve on boards, develop leadership, and communications skills, and enhance creativity and collaboration. The programs also help businesses determine the leadership potential of their employees based on their interest in participating in these training programs.

 

Download the essay here

 

“People become experts at their jobs by doing the same thing many times. But repetition
can lead people to get stuck in a cognitive rut where it becomes hard to see new
perspectives,” explains Steve Knight, Director of COCAbiz. “We use artistic experiences as a way to help people escape from those mental ruts and rise above their normal routines to find new solutions and opportunities.”

 

“Our company has a lot of scientists, so we were not sure whether an arts-based
development program would be a good fit,” admits Anne Schuchardt, Leadership Development Project Manager for the multinational agricultural company Monsanto. “It turned out that innovation and experimentation which underpin the arts are also really important for scientists. As a result, our employees have jumped in and embraced the artistic lessons that COCAbiz delivers.”

 

Hear more about COCAbiz in our upcoming webinar on March 16.

 

Read more about engaging employees through the arts, and find case studies.

 

Get more information about and examples of arts and business partnerships by signing up for our monthly newsletter, BCA Noteworthy.

 

Have you used the arts to train and engage your business's employees? We want to hear from you. Share you story on Twitter with @Americans4Arts using #ArtsandBiz or email us at pARTnership@artsusa.org.

 

Photos: Courtesy of the Center of Creative Arts.

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