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2012 BCA 10 Winning Tampa Bay Times Spreads Joy of Literature with Times Festival of Reading

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2012 BCA 10 Winning Tampa Bay Times Spreads Joy of Literature with Times Festival of Reading

Every fall, the Tampa Bay Times marketing department produces a celebration of the literary arts known as the Times Festival of Reading. This one day event draws thousands of book lovers, as well as famous authors from across the country who come to discuss their work, meet fans and sell books.

 

“Like an orchestra or museum or concert hall, a fine newspaper is a creative enterprise and a community asset. Through fat times and lean, we have tried to nourish the creative arts because they help make our community more vibrant. Our investments have paid dividends for the Tampa Bay region, and therefore for our enterprise,” says Paul Tash, Chairman and CEO of the Tampa Bay Times.

 

The Tampa Bay Times believes the arts help fuel the economy and creativity, and that fostering and supporting the arts is crucial to the health of the community. By increasing awareness, creating discussion, providing economic support and driving audience, the Tampa Bay Times continues to help the area’s vibrant arts community.

Since 2005, the Times has given more than $865,000 in cash and approximately $1 million of in-kind support through print and web advertising to dozens of arts organization throughout Tampa Bay. In 2011, the Times gave more than $62,000 to the arts in Tampa Bay and provided more than $100,000 in discounts on advertising and in-kind space.

 

Acting as an arts leader in the community, the Times makes its senior leaders available to serve on the boards of nonprofit arts groups. Times staffers have served on the boards of Ruth Eckerd Hall, the Dali Museum, and the Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts (TBBCA).

 

Through its support of the TBBCA, the Times has helped fund scholarships for local high school students to pursue a secondary education in the arts. Over the past four years, more than $60,000 in scholarships has been awarded.

 

For more than 20 years, the Tampa Bay Times has supported dozens of diverse arts and cultural organizations throughout Florida. Currently, the Times has been the media sponsor of some of the largest, most renowned venues and arts festivals in Florida, including the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Bay Blues Festival, and the Gasparilla Arts Festival. The Times also proudly supports many smaller, local arts groups and events such as Studio@620, Tampa Theatre, and the Morean Arts Center.

 

Photo: A child reading a book at the 21st annual Times Festival of Reading in St. Petersburg, Florida. This image is sourced from the October 2013 edition of HarborNotes Weekly.

 

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2011 BCA 10 Winner, Walt Disney World Resort, Helps Communities Shine with the Arts

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2011 BCA 10 Winner, Walt Disney World Resort, Helps Communities Shine with the Arts

Disney is an avid supporter of the local community, with grant programs such as Helping Kids Shine, which has awarded $10,000 to $100,000 to support programs that inspire creativity, encourage compassion and promote health and well-being of families.

 

A 2012 beneficiary of the program was Quest Inc., which is using the Disney grant to introduce children with special needs to media arts.

 

Quest Kids is based in Orlando, Florida and for over 50 years, has supported Central Floridians with developmental disabilities by offering choices and opportunities to live, learn, work and play.  

 

Since the Walt Disney World Resort’s 1971 opening, it has honored the spirit of corporate citizenship by giving back to the local arts initiatives and the arts community, as a whole.

 

Disney uses a multifaceted approach in supporting the arts—from donating cash sponsorships and in-kind products to sharing the knowledge and expertise of its cast members—in order to make the most meaningful impact. Among these contributions is a $12.5 million capital investment in the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, one of Disney’s largest gift to a Central Florida arts organization.

 

In 2010, the Walt Disney World Resort gave more than $350,000 in cash and more than $215,000 in in-kind products to the local arts community, including $107,000 in grants through the Disney Helping Kids Shine program.

In promoting employee volunteerism, in 2010  Disney catalogued more than 6,700 volunteer service hours for arts and cultural organizations, with hundreds more in board of directors and pro bono service. Disney also offered cast members an outlet for their creativity and a chance to showcase their talents while performing great music for worthy causes; this “cast club” was known as Encore! Cast Choir and Orchestra.

 

Founded in 2002 and including several hundred singers, musicians, dancers and production team members, at least half of the group has jobs outside of the company’s entertainment division and aren’t performers by trade. In addition, Encore! donated funds from its ticket sales to local arts charities, raising more than $150,000 by 2011.

 

Disney also assists arts and cultural organizations with fundraising opportunities. Housed in a permanent theater located at the Walt Disney World Resort, Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba company and Orlando Ballet teamed up for a project in which performers from both organizations worked together to choreograph 10 original movements. Presented as an evening fundraiser, the production’s proceeds benefited the Ballet and donations were matched by Cirque up to $10,000.

 

Committed to promoting arts education and youth programming, Disney’s trustee investment in United Arts of Central Florida helps ensure that nearly 550,000 public school students in Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties benefit from arts and cultural field trips and immersive experiences. Disney further invests in the children of its community as the primary sponsor of A Gift For Music, an afterschool program. Since its 1999 inception the program has provided free instruction on stringed instruments to 7,200 students, and is currently offered in six Title I schools.   

 

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2011 BCA 10 Winner, Booz Allen, Supports the Arts in Education with Norman Rockwell Exhibit

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2011 BCA 10 Winner, Booz Allen, Supports the Arts in Education with Norman Rockwell Exhibit

For the past 90 years, Booz Allen Hamilton  has donated millions of dollars to and volunteered thousands of hours for arts nonprofits and programs.

 

Committed to the promotion of a quality education, many of Booz Allen Hamilton’s arts-related sponsorships contain a component for students.

 

Major funding examples include the Norman Rockwell exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2010, the Edward Hopper exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in 2007, Imagination Stage, National Ballet, Inc., National Museum of Natural History, Evidence Dance Company, and the Studio Museum located in Harlem—just to name a few. In addition, the firm has provided thousands of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America special opportunities to visit museums in order to instill a lifelong appreciation for the arts in America’s youth.

 

The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Norman Rockwell exhibition, “Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg,” was the first to ever explore the connection between the iconic artist and film. For the Rockwell exhibition, the firm’s funding allowed the museum to implement a new format for their teachers’ kits in order to reach more schools.

 

In fact, 4,500 teachers accessed the Rockwell materials and more than 6,000 students toured the exhibition.

 

“In Norman Rockwell’s art, we see ourselves, our families and our neighbors—the heart and spirit of America,” said Ralph W. Shrader, former CEO of Booz Allen Hamilton. “We are delighted to support the Smithsonian American Art Museum on this major project, including an exciting series of public programs.”

 

The company is actively involved in the goals of arts nonprofits by providing financial contributions as well as pro bono consulting and ad and marketing support. For the Rockwell exhibit, members of the firm’s communications team worked tirelessly with the museum staff to develop a full-scale, Booz Allen Hamilton funded advertising campaign.

 

Booz Allen Hamilton employees shared their intellectual resources to enhance the museum’s advertising reach and media placement. The Smithsonian American Art Museum reported that, thanks to Booz Allen Hamilton’s support, 706,000 people visited the museum during the exhibition period, a 52 percent increase in attendance during the same period from the previous year.

 

 

The firm develops an audience within Booz Allen Hamilton, fostering an appreciation for the arts and supporting employees who volunteer their personal time to arts nonprofits. The firmholds Friends & Family Day at the museums they partner with, allowing employees to visit the exhibitions before the museum opens to the general public. Booz Allen Hamilton also purchases annual seasons of corporate seats at Wolf Trap, Warner Theater, National Theater, Strathmore, and the Kennedy Center and provides free tickets for employees via lottery every month so that, on an ongoing basis, employees enjoy and support the arts. To recognize the volunteer efforts of its employees at arts organizations, the company provides an unlimited number of cash contributions in the form of Volunteer Service Grants.

 

Photo: Norman Rockwell’s “Shadow Artist.” A shadow artist entertains, entrances and inspires young children.  Image sourced from artdaily.com

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2011 BCA Awardee, Wilde Lexus of Sarasota, Supports Arts to the Core

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2011 BCA Awardee, Wilde Lexus of Sarasota, Supports Arts to the Core

Wilde is located in Sarasota County, FL—a community known for its wealth of cultural amenities, organizations, initiatives, and events. In providing service to its community, Wilde Lexus of Sarasota has made community involvement with the arts a vital part of its core values and mission.

 

According to Mark Wilde, President of the Wilde Automotive Family, “The diversity and exceptional quality of cultural and performance arts are why many people have chosen this area.  The Wilde Automotive Family actively supports those who live, work and visit this community and the values most important to them.  The arts are fundamental to our humanity… they inspire us, foster creativity, and help us learn about ourselves and the world around us.”

 

The company recognizes the importance of the arts to the economy and character of Sarasota, and bolsters its community by maintaining substantial partnerships with arts and cultural organizations throughout the year. As an active member of Sarasota County, Wilde Automotive Family has donated approximately $3 million to the arts since it opened its doors more than 20 years ago.

 

The Wilde Automotive Family has supported more than 50 nonprofit organizations, efforts, and initiatives annually, including the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, the Asolo Repertory Theatre, the Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Film Festival, and Season of Sculpture—five of the area’s largest arts organizations.  Wilde’s partnerships have been based on cash donations as well as time donated by willing employees. The Wilde Automotive Family gave nearly a quarter of a million dollars to the arts in 2010, approximately 85 percent of its annual philanthropic giving.

 

The Wilde Automotive Family has supported the Van Wezel, sponsoring the diverse group of performing arts that comprise the “Broadway Series” for the past nine years.  Van Wezel attendees are welcomed with a Wilde display of new Lexus models outside and a product specialist and literature inside.

 

Wilde is especially interested in community arts groupsthat foster strong arts education programs,working closely with underserved schools and at-risk youth groups.The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall offers acclaimed programs that introduce public school students to the world’s great thinkers, performers, and artists. Some of these programs offer residency programs in area schools, participatory workshops, lectures, demonstrations, and master classes for both students and teachers. Wilde firmly believes that the arts are a vital, life-affirming force in society and that all children should be given the opportunity to experience the arts in a personal way.  

 

Wilde has designed partnership campaigns that creatively mix interactions between area-based arts and culture organizations. Wilde Automotive integrated the efforts of multiple groups by hosting special fundraisers for topical issues and concerns at arts venues. Wilde has raised funds at arts events for hurricane victims, low income children with medical needs, underserved school programs, and other charitable efforts, helping to make the arts a solution to contemporary problems.

 

More about Wilde's 2011 BCA 10 Award here.

 

Photo: Performance of “Kinky Boots” at the Van Wezel Performance Arts Hall in Sarasota, Florida, an organization supported by Wilde Lexus of Sarasota. Image sourced from broadwayworld.com

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2011 BCA 10 winner, 3M, Honors Artistry and Innovation with 3M Art and Technology Award

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2011 BCA 10 winner, 3M, Honors Artistry and Innovation with 3M Art and Technology Award

In 2015 3M partnered with the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) to recognize creative thinking, imagination and innovation in the field of technology with the 3M Art and Technology Award, which offers winners a $25,000 prize and additional $25,000 in development support, connections to industry expertise and resources. Winners have the opportunity to work with MIA staff and companies involved in the judging to implement their ideas and engage museum audiences with concepts that improve their arts experience.

 

Entrees are judged based on their level of engagement with the user experience, meaningful connection to the community, accessibility for many audiences (especially the historically under-served), opportunities to expand beyond museum walls and feasibility.

 

89 contestants entered the 2016 competition from all across the United States. The winners, Molly Reichert and Ben Arcand from the Twin Cities, won the competition with an invention under the title of “Divining Rods” – a technology-based reimagining of the ancient tools used to find tangible resources of historical value, such as precious gems and fresh water.

 

Divining Rods is geared towards guiding visitors to discovering new artworks in the Minneapolis Institute of Art based on their responses to other artworks, functioning almost like a miniature curator.

 

The runner up, Katherine Stalker, created the Art Conversation Starters app, which connects museum visitors with art work while they get to know one another.

 

3M strives to promote creative expression and artistic cultural diversity by supporting arts organizations that enrich society through educational and community outreach.

 

With 3M’s support, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts presented an unprecedented exhibit that displayed 60 exceptional pieces from the Louvre’s collection in Paris, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Vermeer. The MIA’s educational outreach provided teacher workshops, online resources, free guided tours for 7,000 K–12 students, and Parent Ambassador Training Program, reaching 6,300 additional students.

 

3M has been a strong supporter of other museums as well, in 2010 donating $1.1 million in cash, products, and grants to institutions such as the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Greenville, SC, and the Museum of African Art.


Outside of the museum sector, a 3M Foundation capital grant helped create the City of Columbia's Center for the Arts in Missouri, an artistic hub of local and national performing arts groups, visual artists, and a new generation of audiences. The primary home of the Missouri Symphony, the new center includes the Youth Orchestra, Children's Choir, and the Columbia Art League, offering group classes in all aspects of visual arts for young and old alike.


3M also supported History Theatre in St. Paul, MN, one of the few organizations in the country that develops and produces original plays on its main stage. The education program helps students connect the history they learn about in the classroom to the plays they see at History Theatre that bring history to life. The theater provides study guides, lesson plans, and group activities for students, encouraging them to explore and understand history.

 

Photo: Prototypes of Molly Reichert and Ben Arcand’s award winning concept, “Divining Rods” for the 2016 3M Art and Technology Award.

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2009 BCA10 Winner, Dollar Bank, Holds Long Legacy of Supporting the Arts in Pittsburgh

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2009 BCA10 Winner, Dollar Bank, Holds Long Legacy of Supporting the Arts in Pittsburgh

“From our founding in the mid-1800s right up to today, we at Dollar Bank believe that support for the arts means more than just making contributions to arts organizations. Over the years, we have tried to create opportunities for our citizens to enjoy the arts, from historic stone sculptures, to magnificent murals, to free concerts to emotional and inspired films about people and places important to all of us,” says Robert P. Oeler, President & CEO, Dollar Bank

 

The Dollar Bank is a long standing supporter of the arts in its community.

It has included the arts in its business since its founding in the 1870s, when it commissioned Max Kohler to create the signature lions guarding the front door of the Fourth Avenue branch.

 

Two stone lions were carved in place at the main entrance of the Fourth Avenue Building and symbolize guardianship of the people’s money. Each lion was sculpted from a single block of quarry-bedded brownstone and stayed on the bank’s steps until removed for restoration in 2009.

 

The Dollar Bank became famous for offering savings accounts that could be opened with as little as one dollar, and from these humble beginnings, it developed a reputation as an institution known for its personal touch and deep ties within the community.

 

"The lions are a symbol for Dollar Bank's commitment to the communities we serve,” said Dollar Bank’s President & CEO Robert P. Oeler. “They depict strength and a longstanding heritage of service and reliability.” 

In 2013 Dollar Bank completed a major project to restore and replicate the two brownstone lions at the historic Fourth Avenue building in downtown Pittsburgh.

 

The lions are more than 130 years old and are two of the most celebrated sculptures in the city; however, due to their age and the ongoing harsh climate to which they are exposed, they had undergone considerable degradation. After consulting a number of experts, the bank decided to move the originals to a stable indoor environment and replace them with an identical pair.

 

Meanwhile, Master Carver Nicholas Fairplay was commissioned to carve replicas of the lions for outside of the building.

 

The lions continue to inspire the bank’s partnerships with the arts.

 

In tune with its long standing support of the community it serves, for over a decade the Dollar Bank has been the main stage sponsor of the Three Rivers Arts Festival, which attracts artists from across the country for a free 10 day music and art event which has been held in Pittsburgh’s downtown annually for more than 50 years. The event attracts over 500,000 visitors and 1,000 artists.

 

Dollar Bank also led a consortium of banks to provide more than $7 million in financing to build the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in recognition of the award-winning Pittsburgh born playwright, August Wilson.

 

Photo: Photograph of the re-created stone lion created by Master Carver Nicholas Fairplay, which is located on the right side of the Dollar Bank in Pittsburgh’s Financial District. From bizjournals.com

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2007 BCA10 Awardee, Deutsche Bank, Opens Pathways to Students Interested in Art Careers

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2007 BCA10 Awardee, Deutsche Bank, Opens Pathways to Students Interested in Art Careers

Deutsche Bank, a 2007 Business Committee for the Arts awardee, renewed its support of New York’s famed Frieze Art Fair in 2017. With this commitment, Deutsche Bank supports Frieze New York’s non-profit arm, Frieze Education, a year-round program that prepares young New Yorkers from underserved communities across the five boroughs for future careers in the arts.

 

Frieze Education expands access to arts spaces by bringing in from students across the city for regular arts activities, such as workshops and tours of artist studios, galleries, museums and the fair. The educational programming includes discussions with professionals from different areas of contemporary art. Institutions visited in 2017 include locations such as The Met Breuer and the New Museum.

 

The crown jewel of the program is Frieze Teens, which is comprised of a diverse array of 18 teacher-nominated students aged 16-18 hailing from diverse backgrounds.

 

Frieze Teens New York 2016 from Frieze Art Fair on Vimeo.

 

According to former Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank Americas, Seth H. Waught,  “We believe the arts enhance our ability to respond to an increasingly complex and fast moving world with new perspectives, ideas, and insights. Partnerships between business and the arts embrace the vitality of the world around us and serve the human spirit.”

 

Over the past 5 years, due to support from Deutsche Bank, the Frieze Teens program has held workshops with popular contemporary artists like Urs Fischer and Julie Mehretu, who have been featured in major art events, such as the Whitney Biennial, the Armory Show and Art Basel.  

 

Deutsche Bank has had a tradition of supporting the arts for more than a quarter of a century.  The Bank believes that respect for the artist’s unique role in society as an important catalyst for change is integral to Deutsche Bank’s commitment to help create better communities and enlightened corporate citizens. 

 

Through Deutsche Bank’s arts and education initiative, it has provided youth with a supportive environment and resources to pursue arts careers.  Many of these arts programs developed skills in young people that are highly transferable to success in academic, professional and real life situations. 

 

In collaboration with Partnership for Afterschool Education, Deutsche Bank co-created and designed an arts and career resource guide targeted to disadvantaged youth to help prepare them to enter the arts field.  Deutsche Bank also provided grants to cultural organizations that work with youth in New York City public schools and local non-profits such as the Carnegie Hall Link Up, the School Partnership program at the New York Philharmonic and the Bronx Museum’s Teen Council.

 

Deutsche Bank employees actively contribute to developing the youth through annual volunteer programs.  Deutsche Bank provides volunteers to community arts organizations such as Free Arts, which hosts Free Arts Day, a special volunteer event that pairs volunteers with elementary aged-youth. Bank employees and other volunteers offered a day of mini-mentoring and art-making, focused inspiring students to pursue their dreams.

 

Photo: Frieze Art Fair

Video: Frieze Teens New York Program. Frieze Art Fair website, frieze.com. 

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2010 BCA10 Awardee, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Supports Southern Lights Public Art Project

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2010 BCA10 Awardee, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Supports Southern Lights Public Art Project

BlueCross Blue Shield of South Carolina, a 2010 Business Committee for the Arts awardee, is supporting Southern Lights, a signature, long-term public art project set to open August 19th, starting just a few days before the total solar eclipse.

The installation’s design will use soft blue and green lasers to connect the cities of Columbia, West Columbia, Cayce and Richland County - celebrating the work of Charles Townes, a native South Carolinian whose research led to the development of laser technology. 

 

The art work itself will take place in “a beautiful dark natural environment in the middle of three bustling cities,” says project artist and USC Beaufort Art Department chair, Chris Robinson, who has worked with light and lasers since the 1970s. The beams would pass both over and under viewers to make the work more personal.

The installation could create a new sense of place for the region – designating cities as being “just across the river and through the lasers.” 

 

“The beam is very small and coherent, doesn’t spread out like ambient light, and tends more toward quiet and contemplative,” Robinson said. “It should help draw attention to aspects of the night environment that people haven’t noticed or focused on before.”

 

The art installation will span the Conagree River between Blossom and Gervais street bridges as a part of Columbia’s Total Eclipse Weekend celebrations. Columbia, S.C. is designated as one of the best locations on the East Coast to observe the total solar eclipse, which has not been witnessed in the continental United States since 1979.

 

The work is set to be on display every evening for three hours and will remain in place for the next decade, thanks to the support of BCA10 2010 awardee BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina (BCBSSC) and other project sponsors.

 

As one of the state’s leading supporters of non-profit organizations, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina has made a long-term commitment to supporting the arts in South Carolina. The 2010 BCA10 awardee recognizes that the arts help create thriving and dynamic communities that in turn contribute to South Carolina’s economic development. The company acknowledges that a culturally rich community contributes to economic development through tourism, can be a major factor in attracting new industry to the area, and helps attract and retain young professionals in the state.

 

BCBSSC demonstrates its strong commitment to the arts not only through monetary donations but also through in-kind gifts and employee involvement programs. Employees at all levels are engaged in supporting the South Carolina arts community, from a workplace campaign to support the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties to board service at numerous area arts organizations. Since 2004, BlueCross Blue Shield has donated over $4.7 million to South Carolina arts organizations.

 

The Southern Lights project is organized by business and cultural districts, community-action hubs and arts organizations such as What’s Next Midlands, Conagree Vista Guild, S.C. State Museum and One Columbia for Arts & History.

 

Photo: Mock-up of “Southern Lights,” a laser art installation designed by artist and USC Beaufort Art Department chair, Chris Robinson

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Arts and Business Spotlight: Portland General Electric BCA10 2010 Awardee

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Arts and Business Spotlight: Portland General Electric BCA10 2010 Awardee

Portland General Electric (PGE), Oregon’s largest electric utility, believes the arts have the power to educate, heal, and create a vibrant economy. When the PGE Foundation was permanently endowed in 1997, one of the three focus areas selected for grantmaking was arts and culture. The first arts grant the Foundation awarded, a $1.5 million grant to the Portland Art Museum, remains the largest single grant ever awarded by PGE. Since 1999, PGE and the PGE Foundation have contributed nearly $5 million to arts and culture.

 

PGE has demonstrated a dedication to incorporating the arts into its corporate culture, while also encouraging other area businesses to follow suit. PGE underwrote the creation of “Creative Differences,” a workplace diversity program the company co-developed with a local arts nonprofit.  What began as a program to teach PGE employees about cultural diversity was then marketed by the company to other area businesses, providing earned income to the nonprofit.

 

Other ways PGE has integrated the arts into its business strategy:  creating school plays with an arts nonprofit that teach children about electrical safety, energy efficiency and renewable energy.  These plays are performed free of charge to 20,000 students each year.  “Arts Contemplates Industry” brings local artists into historic PGE hydroelectric plants to make art which is then exhibited at PGE’s headquarters.  PGE underwrote the development of nonprofit board training for its employees by Business for Culture and the Arts (Portland).  Other businesses now use the program which is a source of revenue for BCA.

 

PGE is known as an early adopter and corporate leader on arts initiatives in Oregon.  The company helped the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) develop the Work for Art workplace giving campaign in 2004.  Every year since, Work for Art has grown at PGE, with the most recent campaign yielding a 38% increase over the year before. 

 

Through board leadership, testimony at public hearings and op-ed pieces in the local media, PGE advocates for the on-going sustainability of Oregon’s arts community.  The company was one of the first private funders of the Creative Advocacy Network that is developing a public funding mechanism for regional arts organizations.  The PGE Foundation also was the first private funder to support The Right Brain Initiative, a program of Young Audiences and RACC that is returning integrated arts education to the region’s public schools.

 

PGE spreads its funding from the largest performing arts companies to small arts education groups.  One year BCA recognized PGE for giving to 77 arts organizations – more than any other company in the region.  PGE’s arts funding has brought playwriting to at-risk youth; writing workshops to the homeless, mentally ill and elderly; visual arts and music to sick children in hospitals and African drumming to developmentally disabled children.

 

Photo: Photo of children painting giant butterflies at the Portland Children’s Museum, which is sponsored by Portland General Electric

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Top 10 States for Arts and Business Arts Partnerships

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Americans for the Arts has been honoring businesses that uniquely partner with arts organizations within their communities over the last decade through the annual BCA10 awards, receiving nominees of both large, small and mid-sized companies across a dozens of industries and over 47 states.

 

We are taking a moment to call attention to the top 10 states that have celebrated business and arts partnerships by number of BCA10 nominees from 2005 to 2017, with pro-arts quotes from iconic awardees from the respective cities.  

 

1.     New York

 

Time Warner Inc., New York,

At the announcement of Time Warner’s recognition in the BCA Hall of Fame Award for the 2007 BCA10 gala, Richard Parsons, then CEO and Chairman stated that, “Creativity is as important to the communities we serve as it is to the businesses we run. That’s why we’re committed to supporting the arts. By giving young people a chance to develop their talents and interests through media and arts programs, enabling more people to experience world-class theater, and nurturing diverse new artists and new works, we strive to help keep the arts rich and accessible.”

 

 

2.     California

Wells Fargo, San Francisco, CA

Richard M. Kovacevich, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wells Fargo & Company went on record during their 2005 BCA10 awardee announcement saying that “the arts make communities great places to live, work and play. Supporting the arts is simply the right thing to do.”

 

 

3.     Texas

American Airlines, Dallas, TX

Bella Goren, American’s Vice President of Interactive Marketing and Reservations at Americans for the Arts as well as a member of the board of North Texas Business for Culture and the Arts, accepted the 2005 BCA10 award in New York on the company’s behalf. “American and our people have a long-standing record of supporting the arts and enhancing what the arts bring to our communities,” said Goren afterward. “Hundreds of American and American Eagle employees volunteer in many positions and capacities in local and national arts organizations, and this commitment has been ongoing.  We’re proud of them, and grateful for their contributions.”

 

 

4.     Florida

Bacardi North America, Coral Gables, FL

 

According to Robert Furniss-Roe, the former Regional President of Bacardi North America, “Supporting the arts within the cities and towns where we live and work is our way of giving back at Bacardi, and this sense of corporate responsibility has been at our foundation since the Bacardi company was created more than 150 years ago. Arts programming enriches the lives of our employees and their families, our neighbors, and our business partners. The realm of the arts cross borders and languages to bring all people together in the name of beauty, knowledge and community.”

 

 

5.     Pennsylvania

PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA

 

“The arts can bring a community to life and influence its economic development. That is why PNC has long supported creative programs and initiatives that make the arts more accessible to our employees and everyone we serve,” said James E. Rohr, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

 

 

6.     Missouri

Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, MO

“Hallmark’s mission is to inspire meaningful connections, which enhance relationships and enrich lives. We feel the arts are central to this purpose,” said Donald Hall, Jr., President and CEO of Hallmark Cards, Inc during the 2014 BCA10 awards at the Central Park Boathouse in New York.

 

 

7.     Wisconsin

Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee, WI

At the 2013 BCA10 announcement, John E. Schlifske, Chairman, President and CEO of Northwestern Mutual, stated that “Northwestern Mutual believes in the long-term benefits of sponsoring arts in the community. The arts inspire us to think differently and use new skills in all kinds of work. Our Foundation takes great pride in fostering and supporting an arts scene that not only provides entertainment, but also economic growth.”

 

 

8.   Tennessee

HCA Healthcare, Nashville, TN

"The arts nourish the spirit, challenge the mind, bring joy to the soul and enhance our communities. HCA's support of the arts is consistent with our mission to improve the quality of human life,” said Jack O. Bovender, Jr., Chairman and CEO of HCA in light of the company’s recognition for the 2006 BCA10 award.

 

 

9.   Illinois

Deere & Company, Moline, IL

"Support of the arts is integral to Deere's long-standing commitment to our communities,” said Robert W. Lane, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of  Deere & Company. “We are pleased to make major contributions to the arts that enhance the quality of life.”

 

 

10.  Ohio

Proctor & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH

“Every day at P&G we strive to improve people’s lives with our brands and products, as well as improve the communities where we live and work. Supporting the arts produces ripple effects of benefits that help communities thrive and make them great places to live,” said Proctor & Gamble CEO, David Taylor upon the 2016 BCA10 announcement.

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Partnership ideas

Inspire employees with tickets to the ballet or a concert.

Are you an arts group?

Are you an arts group?

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Recruit talent

Recruit talent

Employees want to live and work in a vibrant community.