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New David Rockefeller BCA pARTnership Award

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New David Rockefeller BCA pARTnership Award
Americans for the Arts announced today that the David Rockefeller Fund will invest in a four-year presenting sponsorship of the new David Rockefeller BCA pARTnership Award. Given annually, the award will honor a company and arts organization (or artist) for an exceptional project, program, or initiative that represents a true alliance, collaboration, or exchange between the two. 
 
Americans for the Arts has also issued an open national call for nominations for the pARTnership Award. Nominations will close on February 9 and Americans for the Arts will notify the awardee selected by a panel in May. The award will be presented at the BCA 10 gala in New York City on October 2, 2018. The BCA 10 awards recognize 10 U.S. companies of all sizes for their exceptional involvement with the arts that enrich the workplace, education, and the community. 
 
“I thank the trustees of the David Rockefeller Fund. This contribution will expand upon and extend David Rockefeller Sr.’s legacy as the founder of the Business Committee for the Arts [BCA], and uphold the belief in the power of arts-based partnerships to transform lives, communities, and our nation,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. 
 
“The trustees and staff of the Fund are delighted to partner with Americans for the Arts in this way. David Rockefeller believed that businesses, as well as foundations and donors, had a major role to play in sustaining the arts in a vibrant society. We look forward to celebrating such extraordinary partnerships,” said Lukas Haynes, Executive Director of the David Rockefeller Fund. 
 
Founded in 1967, Americans for the Arts’ BCA aims to encourage, inspire, and stimulate businesses to support the arts in the workplace, in education, and in the community. The work of the BCA encompasses visibility, advocacy, research, professional development, and training. The pARTnership movement is founded on the core eight reasons for business to partner with the arts, and encourages business to partner with the arts to foster the development of more creative workers and more creative companies. 
 
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 www.AmericansForTheArts.org.
 
*Photo from the first meeting of the Business Committee for the Arts. Read more here.
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50th Anniversary of "Culture and the Corporation," a Speech by David Rockefeller

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50 years ago, at the Conference Board’s 50th anniversary conference, David Rockefeller – former Chairman and CEO of Chase Manhattan Corporation – gave the speech titled “Culture and the Corporation”.  The speech called for the creation of the Business Committee for the Arts to promote partnership between the arts and business communities.  Rockefeller highlighted the public’s confidence in businesses and arts organizations to have “certain standards of good citizenship” and that these organizations “help shape our environment in a constructive way”.

 

-David Rockefeller, 1966

 

As a result of the speech, the Business Committee for the Arts was officially launched in 1967 and is now part of Americans for the Arts. The Business Committee for the Arts encourages, inspires, and stimulates businesses to support the arts in the workplace and in the community.

 

Another result of the speech was the inspiration for our David Rockefeller Lecture Series.  50 years later David Rubenstein – co-founder and CEO of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms – revived the lecture series with a passionate speech of his own.

 

Read David Rockefeller's original speech on arts and business, "Culture and the Corporation," and learn more about the David Rockefeller Lecture Series. If you are interested in finding an arts partner, visit the pARTnership movement website.

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The Rebirth of the David Rockefeller Lecture Series on Arts & Business

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The Rebirth of the David Rockefeller Lecture Series on Arts & Business

“When you promote the arts, you’re promoting the best the human brain can come up with.”

 –David Rubenstein, 2016 David Rockefeller Lecture

 

Last week, the David Rockefeller Lecture on Arts & Business was reborn. 50 years ago David Rockefeller – former Chairman and CEO of Chase Manhattan Corporation – gave the founding address for the Business Committee for the Arts. 50 years later David Rubenstein – co-founder and CEO of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms – revived the lecture series with a humble, humorous, and passionate speech to an audience of over 200 at The TimesCenter in Manhattan.

 

After remarks from Americans for the Arts CEO, Bob Lynch, and President and CEO of the Conference Board, Jon Spector, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra Blakey Ensemble performed a short set for the crowd. Acclaimed singer, Renée Fleming, introduced Rubenstein by outlining his unfailing support for the arts, culture, and history around the country, and thanking him for dedicating so much of his prosperity to charitable causes.

 

Kicking the speech off with a joke that he was asked to speak simply because his initials match David Rockefeller’s, Rubenstein eschewed the podium in favor of standing directly in front of the audience. He balanced the speech with moments of measure and wit, and argued that “business leaders should talk about the arts more commonly than they do. The three central factors in measuring the sustainability and ethical impact of an investment in a company (ESG) should become ESGA: environmental, social, governance, and the arts.” He stressed that when business leaders “promote the arts, they’re promoting the best the human brain can come up with.”

 

After talking about how much he enjoyed the musical sensation, Hamilton, Rubenstein read a playful and imaginary letter from Alexander Hamilton in the afterlife, relaying his regrets for not supporting the arts and design in life as much as Thomas Jefferson did. He closed by saying that we should all learn from Hamilton’s remorse for not recognizing the power of the arts while living, and reaffirmed his commitment to supporting the arts in the community, the workplace, and life.

 

To learn more, check out the video from the lecture on the Americans for the Arts website.

 

Founded in 1967 by Rockefeller, the Business Committee for the Arts encourages, inspires, and stimulates businesses to support the arts in the workplace, in education, and in the community. The lecture series was created to advance Rockefeller’s belief that the arts are essential to free enterprise and human achievement, and to encourage businesses to form alliances with the arts as an expression of their broader responsibility to their communities.

 

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