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Past BCA Leadership Winner Opens Museum

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Past BCA Leadership Winner Opens Museum

When the BCA honored Tom James in 2009 with the Leadership Award, he already had quite an impressive resume of sustained arts support between the Salvador Dali Museum, the American Stage Theatre Company, and the Tom and Mary James/Raymond James Financial Art Collection. The majority of the latter were displayed in the corporate headquarters in St. Petersburg, FL, earning the workplace awards for having a creative environment.

 

James once said of headquarters, “office space is the next best thing to a museum because we have a high traffic area with about a million square feet here.” Now, these works have made their way to the best thing – The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art.

 

What was once an annual art show entitled “The Wildlife & Western Visions” hosted at the headquarters has developed into its own museum. Housed in a building with an exterior inspired by the American Southwest and an interior by cubism, the museum has over 400 pieces on display. Many of these works are by living artists, from whom Tom and Mary have made a conscious effort to buy. The museum features six exhibits: Early West, Native Life, Native Artists, Frontier, Wildlife, and New West spread throughout 84,000 square feet.

 

The grand opening celebration weekend will be April 28th and 29th.

 

Photo: Tom and Mary James at the BCA 10 Gala in 2009

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Celebrating Culture Through Art

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Elevate the Work and the Walls

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When a company wants to say thanks and show appreciation to its employees, many companies consider office art competitions, corporate art collections, or staff-curated “The Best of Instagram” galleries for their break room. (Like 2016 BCA 10 winner Dealer.com’s employee Instagram wall above.)

 

Another way for a company to show that it cares and put creativity at the forefront of the work environment is by including art and creativity in the office design. Sounds easy! Let’s dive into some imaginative and inspired office looks:

 

 

Boldness and Distinction

Making a statement that sets a 

tone for the rest of the office

and work experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Courtesy Katz Interiors

 

 

Flexibility - Create areas that serve dual purposes (meeting areas or lounges) and by using less desks, can transition to spaces for future employees, contractors, interns, and more. Also, standing desks are begging to make your employees better thinkers!

 

 

Photo: Jasper Sandid

 

 

Greenery - Sometimes office creativity isn’t about crazy carpets and bright paint. Adding plant life as décor or even a living garden wall can amp up the employee engagement opportunities.

 

 

 

Photo: Franciso Nogueira

 

Sometimes office enhancements are as simple as unique and better lighting or hiring local artists to paint colorful murals. Anyone of these fresh looks are great ways to get employees and leadership in touch beyond the work. Employing artistic elements to establish an exceptional corporate culture and identity is a great way to elevate the work and the walls.

 

Top Photo: 2016 BCA 10 winner Dealer.com’s employee Instagram wall

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Arts at Work Around the Globe: Turkey’s Weekday Office, Weekend Museum Turns 5 Years Old

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Arts at Work Around the Globe: Turkey’s Weekday Office, Weekend Museum Turns 5 Years Old

Borusan Holding, one of Turkey’s leading and largest industrial conglomerates and longtime supporter of the arts, promotes community and staff involvement through a weekend museum in its headquarters, the century-old Yusuf Ziya Pasa Mansion in Rumeli Hisari. When it first opened in September 2011, Chairman Ahmet Kocabiyik, stated, “Just as in Borusan, where we work with the possibilities brought to us by contemporary tendencies in all fields, we tried to add the newest and the most experimental pieces of contemporary art to our collection. We are… aware of the risks involved in investing in the experimental works of today's artists, but this is also an extension of our business life principles. ”

 

Over the past five years, the museum has fully lived its mission to exhibit both modernity and Istanbul’s cultural heritage through utilizing the historic mansion and experimental, contemporary art. Furthermore, the collection remains primarily run by volunteers from the staff, allowing them to experience their office in an entirely different light. Borusan has truly outdone itself, not only by embracing the spotlight, but also engaging employees in a fun and culturally immersive fashion.

 

For similar, innovative global initiatives of arts transforming the workplace, check out The Corporate Art Brief.

 

(Photo courtesy of Huffington Post)

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Curating Your Corporate Art Collection

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Curating Your Corporate Art Collection

When you look around your office, you probably have all of the necessities of a work environment- a desk, computer, phone, pens, paper. But something just as necessary might be missing on the white walls around you: a work of art. Art collections are a growing trend in the corporate world, and businesses are starting to realize that investing in artwork goes beyond simply owning a decorative piece. Deutsche Bank boasts one of the largest and most important collections of art in the world with a 37-year-old collection of nearly 60,000 objects. The 35,000 works that make up the UBS collection support the company’s desire “to be supporting living artists at integral stages of their careers.” Overall, having fine art in the office creates a dynamic and empowering environment that fosters creativity and efficiency.

 

A study by Dr. Craig Knight, a researcher at the University of Exeter who has studied the psychology of working environments for 12 years, found that art in the office can boost employee productivity, lower stress and increase wellbeing. In the controlled study, Dr. Knight found that people who worked in an office enriched with art worked about 15% quicker and had fewer health complaints than those in an office without art. Dr. Knight said of the study, “In 12 years we have never found that lean offices create better results; and the more involved people are in the enrichment process, the more they are able to realize a part of themselves in the space.”

 

The realization of being part of the space translates into a more desirable work environment, and companies are even using art as a method of employee retention. Alex Heath, managing director of International Art Consultants, explains, “aesthetic in the truest sense means energy-giving which is what a workplace needs, rather than a bland, industrial environment which can be more like giving workers a dose of anesthetic.” Art that is energizing and engaging directly translates to an environment that engages employees. Companies are even using the intrigue of art in the workplace as a tool to fight against the growing desire of many employees to work remotely.

So how does a business start a collection? Andrea Seehusen, founder and CEO of International Arts Management in Munich, gives her take: “I’d buy a big piece from an established artist that fits the spirit of the company, then smaller pieces from the same artist. Then choose a new artist who points to the future — to where the company wants to be.” Thus, guide a corporate art collection by viewing it as an opportunity for creating a corporate identity.

 

Another important matter is the person, or people, behind the collection. A panel of experts at the European Fine Art Fair suggest that a Board of Directors or a designated committee make decisions of arts purchases, instead of a CEO. Head curator of Dutch Bank ING’s collection stated, “when CEOs change, different focus areas might shift. Strategies can change from time to time, but the art collection ideally maintains its own identity and focus. Therefore it’s best to have your art collection embedded within all levels of the entire organization. Only then the collection creates a culture that defines the corporate identity.”

 

Contemporary art collections, in particular, are attractive methods of getting employees and executives in touch with the broader socio-political implications behind the works of art. In establishing a corporate identity, curating an art collection is a perfect way to engage and retain employees, start conversations on innovation, and splash some color on the white walls of an office.  

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