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Programs by Design

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Programs by Design

Here at the pARTnership Movement, we talk a lot about how experience in the arts fosters creativity, problem solving skills, and strategic thinking. In Philadelphia, an industrial designer-turned-executive is living this truth, as covered in a recent article on Philly.com.

 

Karin Copeland says her attention to product design fostered her aptitude for program design in her current role as Executive Director at the Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (ABC). When she first started the job, she noticed a handful of improvement areas and set to work sculpting programs the same way one might sculpt clay.

 

When she arrived at the organization, its reputation hinged largely on an annual luncheon that gathers more than 1400 each year. While the event drew crowds, Copeland saw an opportunity for expansion and “wanted ABC to be recognized as a source of valuable programs of mutual benefit to the business and arts communities.”

 

Since then, Copeland has tripled participation in existing programs such as Business on Board, which educates professionals about good nonprofit arts board behavior like fundraising. The Kennet Symphony orchestra is one example of success – it’s gained two engaged board members through participation in the program.

 

Among the new programs Copeland’s vision has brought to fruition is a speaker series that routinely sells out; notable professionals such as Malcolm Gladwell and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg rank among past speakers.

 

ABC has also launched a program called Designing Leadership, which partners with IBM and The Wharton School of Business to provide executive development for arts, culture, and creatives sectors.

 

Through these new strategic initiatives, the Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia has expanded reach and demonstrated the ultimate value arts can have for business community. At the helm, Karin Copeland is perfect example of how exposure to the arts enables entrepreneurs to envision change, take a leap and bring lofty ideas to fruition.

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An Animated Approach to Arts and Business Partnerships

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An Animated Approach to Arts and Business Partnerships

If you’ve ever wondered what can be accomplished in 11 weeks by a class of college seniors equipped with animation software, the answer is – a lot, actually.

 

The Arts & Business Council of Miami recently worked with a class at Miami International University of Art & Design in celebration of its 30th anniversary, challenging students to depict the creative ecosystem in Miami in a digital media project. The partnership not only demonstrated that the arts lead to innovation, but also provided students with a real-world client experience – perfect for a senior portfolio!

 

Students developed story boards, pitched their ideas and gave final presentations, all the while exploring the ways that arts have been essential to the business sector in Miami. And like the good millennials they are, tracked their progress online using the hashtag #MIUABC.

 

The results were incredible. Though the aesthetic themes and content varied, the message was the same: if businesses are looking for transformative strategies, look no further than the arts! One student, Bernadette Lim, echoed the pARTnership Movement’s message with her project, 8 Reasons to Join the Arts. Each final project involved animated logos that will be featured on the Arts & Business Council of Miami’s website, and were shown at the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affair’s Breakfast with the Arts & Hospitality Industry. The Arts & Business Council of Miami even got a video out of it! You can see how these animations will be used in the cultural tourism outreach efforts and learn more about arts biz partnerships in Miami here.

 

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The pARTnership Movement Takes a Trip to Miami

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The pARTnership Movement Takes a Trip to Miami

In January 2016, Jordan Shue of Americans for the Arts led a pARTnership Movement workshop for members of the Arts & Business Council of Miami’s Miami Arts Marketing Project (MAMP). The focus of the session was how arts organizations and businesses can benefit from designing and implementing cohesive partnership strategies that are mutually beneficial.

 

The interactive workshop encouraged participants to think outside the box about how to present themselves as potential partners to businesses, as well as how to diversify their proposals for partnerships. Participants were encouraged to think beyond traditional sponsorships, and look to unconventional business with which to partner; one group developed a proposal to partner a waste treatment plant. To learn more about the details of the workshop, read a recap of the event on Artburst, a multi-platform media bureau for the arts in Miami from the Arts & Business Council of Miami.


Attendees used the 8 reasons to partner with the arts as a guide during the activities. Among these, the advantages of community involvement and economic development have proven true for Miami local, Jorge Pérez of The Related Group and Pérez Art Museum, whose commitment to partnering with the arts led to his receiving the BCA Leadership Award in 2015. Workshop leaders identified ways that arts organizations can build relationships with business leaders like Pérez, through value proposition outreach.

 

The pARTnership Movement, largely through resources online, equips arts agencies with the knowledge to identify and articulate mutually beneficial partnerships. From tool-kits to success stories to research, it aims to ensure that all local arts agencies have the tools to build partnerships, and that businesses ready to work with the arts are able to match themselves with local arts groups.

 

However, if local groups want more hands-on training, a local pARTnership Movement workshop is a fantastic option. Through workshops like this, arts organizations can get ideas on how to communicate the benefits of the arts and the value of a creative workforce to would-be business partners, with the in-person support of an Americans for the Arts staff member. For more information on bringing the pARTnership Movement to your community, email pARTnership@artsusa.org.

 

Photo Credit: Arts & Business Council of Miami.

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Arts Groups Make Strong Chamber Allies

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Across the country, Chambers of Commerce and arts organizations are partnering to advance business and community goals. In a recent article in Chamber Executive, the membership magazine for the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, Americans for the Arts' Vice President of Private Sector Initiatives Emily Peck and Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (ABC Philadelphia) Executive Director Karin Copeland discuss the unique partnership between arts organizations and Chambers of Commerce.

 

"In 1981, ABC Philadelphia was started by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the National Arts & Business Council (now part of Americans for the Arts), and housed within the chamber.

 

The Greater Philadelphia Chamber and the national Arts & Business Council realized that this entity would be a valuable tool in leveraging new funds, funneling new resources, and  cultivating new leadership from the business community to support nonprofit arts and cultural institutions in the Greater Philadelphia area. ABC Philadelphia is the only local arts agency in the U.S. that is directly affiliated with a chamber, and for 35 years this partnership has led to unique and important work in advancing both the arts and business sectors."

 

Read more (p21).

 

The article also spotlights a partnership between ArtsinStark, Canton, Ohio's local arts agency, and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, which partnered on the creation of the Canton Arts District, "the Best Arts District in Ohio."

 

Learn more about the relationship between ABC Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

 

Do you know of another great Arts-Chamber partnership? Tell us on Twitter using #ArtsandBiz or email us at partnership@artsusa.org.

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Happy Anniversary to the A&BCs and BCAs!

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The Private Sector Network of Americans for the Arts, which includes organizations like Arts & Business Councils and Business Committees for the Arts, works to promote the message that business sector support for the arts is integral to the success and longevity of the arts, and essential in building communities in which the business sector can thrive.

 

We are excited to celebrate the anniversaries of the following Private Sector Network members this year, who have spent decades working to build partnerships between business and the arts:


50 Years of Arts & Business Council of New York
Arts & Business Council Inc. was created in 1965 by a group of business leaders from the New York Board of Trade, with the purpose of creating closer ties between business and the arts. In 2005, Arts & Business Council Inc. merged with Americans for the Arts; ABC/NY is both a division of AFTA and still its own, separately incorporated nonprofit. With a suite of employee engagement opportunities, programs for college students and young professionals, and a digital matchmaking service for arts organizations / artists, and businesses, ABC/NY strives to continue building meaningful partnerships between the arts and business communities.

A suite of employee engagement opportunities–ranging from team volunteering to arts in the workplace–promotes a deeper level of engagement that can lead to mutually beneficial, long lasting partnerships. Looking forward, ABC/NY strives to continue building meaningful partnerships between the arts and business communities. - See more at: http://blog.americansforthearts.org/2015/08/06/happy-anniversary-to-the-arts-business-council-of-new-york-the-colorado-business-committee-for-the#sthash.JV4y8LuH.dpuf


30 Years of Colorado Business Committee for the Arts
This year marks the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts’ (CBCA) 30th Anniversary. CBCA has a proud legacy of advocating for the arts, championing corporate philanthropy, and convening both the business and cultural sectors to advance Colorado’s creative vitality. Through its advocacy and research efforts, CBCA communicates the positive effects of supporting the arts while honoring innovative partnerships, philanthropy, creative businesses, and leadership.


30 Years of New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts
The New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts was formed by leading businesses thirty years ago to educate, motivate, and recognize business support of and participation in the arts; advocate for the value of the arts in economic, social and community development; and facilitate people and projects that enhance engagement in the arts. The organization continues to be led by an outstanding board comprised of the CEOs of its member businesses and the executive director who was engaged thirty years ago to help found the organization.

 

30 Years of Arts & Business Council of Miami
Thirty years ago visionary leaders from the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs and Greater Miami Chamber got together to form the Arts & Business Council of Miami to help spearhead a cultural movement in the Miami community. As a vital partner to growth A&BC Miami activated the skills and resources of the corporate community to strengthen, enliven, and support the arts. Through civic triumphs and challenges, recessions and economic prosperity, natural disasters and momentous changes, the arts have played a leading role in making Miami into a global city and cosmopolitan destination. For three decades the Arts & Business Council of Miami (A&BC Miami) has provided significant capacity building to Miami-Dade’s cultural organizations through workshops, forums, and outreach that have grown the arts into a billion dollar industry.

 

30 Years of The Arts & Business Council of Chicago

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago offers a unique roster of resources including: pro-bono business consulting expertise; board and leadership development; new board member training and placement; marketing, management, financial training, fundraising and other workshops; and assessment tools–all to help build the capacity and sustainability of small- and mid-sized arts organizations. From individual programs, to the full incubation offered through the breadth of A&BC Chicago services, the goal is to give arts organizations the tools to build and maintain solid infrastructures so they can do what they do best: create!

 

For more information about these organizations, read Private Sector Initiatives Coordinator, Jordan Shue’s special anniversary blog posts on ARTSblog.
 

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