News

Arts and business news from around the country.

RSS

Emphasizing Inclusion with the Arts

Posted by Jessica Gaines
0 Comments
Emphasizing Inclusion with the Arts

The pARTnership Movement essay “Embrace Diversity & Team Building” brings to light how the arts can assist in enhancing a company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. BCA 10 winner U.S. Bank shows how to be a leader in this area.

 

In celebration of and support for the LGBT community and to highlight the bank’s emphasis on diversity and inclusion, the company held the LGBT Debit Card Art Contest where they asked artists to submit art in any medium that celebrated the LGBT community. The contest would allow three finalists with the winner receiving $7,500 and that design becoming one of U.S. Bank’s permanent card designs. The runner-up received $5,000 and the third-prize winner received $2,500.

 

Ann Dyste, assistant vice president and LGBT strategy manager at U.S. Bank says, "We believe the three winning designs all honored equality, progress and unity, and we wanted to leave the final decision up to the public, so their voices could be heard."

 

After 400 design submissions, the public selected Olivia Ogba, ER medical transcriptionist preparing for the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test), as the winner with the card design shown above. Ogba’s design is connected to the June 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that same-sex marriage was legal nationwide. The digital painting is purposefully patriotic, featuring rainbow colors shooting from sparklers on the Fourth of July. "That's what America stands for – the ability for everyone to go after the American dream without any sort of discrimination," Ogba said.

 

As the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States, U.S. Bank has made strong commitments to increase outreach to the LGBT community. This national art competition helps reiterate their corporate message of inclusion along with sponsoring Pride festivities and LGBT organizations across the country, making the bank a “Best Place to Work for LBGT Equality” for 10 years in a row.

 

“We want employees and prospective hires to know that U.S. Bank is an open and inclusive workplace where all are welcome," said Eduardo Sayan, U.S. Bank vice president and director of multicultural strategy. 

 

Learn more about the finalists and the card art competition here.

 

Photo: U.S. Bank

Related

Banking on The Arts

Posted by Melyssa Muro
0 Comments

In the world of arts funding, the star roles are played by banks, with the lead role in the hands of Bank of America Corporation, 2012 BCA 10 honoree. As a Founding Member of the Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC and Global Sponsor of the Chicago Symphony, Bank of America’s arts scope reigns vast and inclusive. In fact, twenty-two percent of performing arts organizations have reported a partnership with Bank of America.

 

As such, bank partnerships with arts don’t stop there. KMPG, US Bank (2015 BCA 10 honoree), and JPMorgan Chase round out the top 5 art-sponsoring banks, each partnering with 11% of performing arts organizations. With astounding numbers like these, it’s clear to see how an IEG research led to the conclusion that banks are 11.4 times more likely to sponsor the performing arts than the average of all sponsors. Here are the banks that are following suit, with the percentage of arts organizations they are involved with:

 

 

Furthermore, the study illustrated that the amount given to the arts—both visual and performing—has been steadily increasing and is projected to reach a total of $970 million for this year. In this way, Bank of America and its supporting cast are not only making themselves known, they are truly creating a legacy teaming with vitality and vibrant culture.

 

(All numbers and image are taken from IEG research findings)

Related

US Bank, Reba Dominski, and the Relay to "Real" Connectivity

Posted by Melyssa Muro
0 Comments

With today's hyperconnected world via social media, hashtags promoting goodwill or shared photos to spread awareness are all too common. Though posted with the best of intentions, increased online chatter regarding a given issue requires more real life action in order to develop lasting and meaningful change. Reba Dominski, leader of Corporate Social Responsibility at US Bank, knows this pitfall of social media all too well and as such, has created a movementin order to promote "'real' connectivity," which she defines as, "being an active participant in the vibrant, dynamic communities that still exist in our own backyards... [and] reinforcing that Tweet or Facebook post with a positive action and valuable impact."  

 

Under the guide of the real connectivity philosophy, US Bank launched a coach bus, or what they refer to as a "mobile baton," to travel through various cities and engage community members to give back. This incredible project, Community Possible Relay: Race to 153K, stands—or rather, moves—as living testament of the overwhelmingly positive relationship between time spent to fortify a community and the resultant vibrant community. Through promotion via social media and partnerships with various humanitarian organizations, the Relay focused on, "restoring parks and building affordable homes, engaging and inspiring local youth through art and science, [and] teaching budgeting and financial literacy to those in need."  

 

Just how far did they travel? Nearly 13.5 thousand miles, according to this image they tweeted:

 

 

This astounding undertaking is part of US Bank's corporate giving program Community Possible; beginning over six months ago, it seeks and funds organizations that promote healthy and engaged communities under three main pillars: work, home, and play. “It all comes back to those pillars of community—a stable job, a home to call your own, and a community that’s connected through play,” says Dominski.

 

For this commitment to public service, US Bank was an honoree of last year's BCA 10 award. In his acceptance speech, CEO Richard Davis stated, “We need to create this core of advocates—vocal, visceral advocates—to express that now business is reliant on the arts. Because the arts wouldn’t make it as far as they do without business, but the world wouldn’t make it at all without the arts.”

 

US Bank's continued commitment to service through initiatives such as Community Possible truly acts as a benchmark for the harmonious possibilities when business, arts, and service come together.

Related

Already a partner?

Already a partner?

Learn easy ways to take your partnership to a new level.

Use our ads locally

Use our ads locally

View The pARTnership Movement ad campaign and find ways to use the ads.

pARTnership videos

pARTnership videos

Watch and share our videos from The pARTnership Movement.

Partnership ideas

Partnership ideas

Inspire employees with tickets to the ballet or a concert.

Are you an arts group?

Are you an arts group?

Get listed in our searchable directory.

Recruit talent

Recruit talent

Employees want to live and work in a vibrant community.