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Using Business to Build the Leadership Pipeline in the Arts

Posted by Jessica Gaines
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In the story “Packaging Your Impact: How Con Edison Engages Its Employees through the ABC/NY Diversity in the Arts Leadership Program” we learned a lot about mutually beneficial arts-based partnerships.

 

We learned that the program promotes diversity: Hosted by Arts & Business Council of New York (ABC/NY), the Diversity in the Arts Leadership (DIAL) program promotes diversity in the arts management field by placing undergraduate students of color in summer internship experiences at many of NYCs coveted arts and culture organizations.

 

We also learned that the program supports employee engagement: The DIAL program doubles as an arts-based platform to engage corporate employees at Con Edison, energy provider to NYC and Westchester County. Not only does Con Edison financially subsidize the intern stipends for the summer and provide in-kind event space but their employees have volunteered their personal time to fill two-thirds of the student’s business mentor roles.

 

Con Edison Project Specialist and DIAL mentor, Elizabeth Matias, shares, “Con Edison has built an incredible platform to engage its employees and I take pride in the interdisciplinary partnership and the opportunity to bridge my skills in arts and business”.

 

The program’s ability to help Con Edison employees put their company in the spotlight and also develop more experienced and better prepared student for arts leadership makes this program a successful archetype of mutual benefit partnerships for both sectors.

 

ABC/NY and Con Edison will go into their 17th year as partners on this program but the program boasts 25 years strong. In these 25 years, the program has placed more than 230 students from across the country into 110 arts nonprofit organizations in NYC to develop leadership in the business of the arts.

 

The program is now open for undergraduate student applications from anywhere in the country. Priority Application Deadline: January 27, 2017   |   Final Deadline: February 10, 2017

 

Photo: ABC/NY

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Top Five Arts and Biz Picks for 2016!

Posted by Jessica Gaines
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At Americans for the Arts, the Private Sector Initiatives team works to strengthen partnerships between the arts and businesses communities. Hear from the team about its favorite arts and biz partnerships from 2016.

 

Jessica Gaines, Business Committee for the Arts Coordinator

Jessica’s pick: Midday Dance Parties

 

"A trend that we covered here on the pARTnership Movement was Midday Dance Breaks or Lunchtime Dance Parties. Not only is a midday movement session needed, it’s a great way for companies to recruit and retain their talent. In fact, my teammate Emma and I were able to attend a dance break sponsored by Perrier and Flavorpill where we received this fun light-up swag that we now use to celebrate team wins or successes."

 

Video courtesy of Jessica Gaines.

 

Emma Osore, Program Coordinator, Arts & Business Council of New York

Emma’s pick: Con Edison’s mentorship and participation in the DIAL summer program

Photo courtesy of ABC/NY.

 

"Not only does Con Edison financially subsidize the DIAL (Diversity in Arts Leadership) intern stipends and provide in-kind event space, their employees have volunteered their personal time to fill two-thirds of the business mentor roles. This business mentor commitment strengthens the capacity of the young leader but also strengthens Con Edison’s business goals and engages their employees in a meaningful way."

 

Emily Peck, Vice President of Private Sector Initiatives

Emily’s pick: Kohler’s Arts/Industry program

 

"We featured this program in our pARTnership Movement essay on fostering critical thinking through the arts. We also got to hear about the program and how it benefits the artists involved and the company when Ruth Kohler joined us at our Sun Valley policy convening. Artists and Kohler associates work side by side on the factory floor."

 

 

Jordan Shue, Private Sector Initiatives Program Manager

Jordan’s pick: Austin Energy's collaboration with Forklift Danceworks

 

PowerUP- 3 min excerpt from Forklift Danceworks on Vimeo.

 

"Allen Small, Austin Energy Distribution Director, and Allison Orr, Forklift Danceworks Artistic Director, both participated in the BCA 10 webinar and it was clear that it was a true partnership in every sense of the word. Every time I need some inspiration I watch the videos of PowerUP performance!"

 

From the BCA 10 program book: In 2013, Austin Energy supported the Forklift Danceworks production of PowerUP—a free performance featuring more than 60 linemen, electrical technicians, and Austin Energy employees. The collaborative work showcased the work of numerous Austin artists such as award-winning choreographers Allison Orr and Krissie Marty and Peter Bay, conductor for the Austin Symphony. The production was presented to 6,000 people and thousands more through a nationally broadcast documentary.

 

Amy Webb, Director, Arts & Business Council of New York

Amy’s pick: SPRZ NY partnership between Uniqlo and MoMA

 

"SPRZ NY (Surprise New York) is a project designed around the concept of 'a place where clothes and art meet.' It features a special collection of modern art-inspired fashion products intended to surprise, including a collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art. We've featured the partnership in the past (here) but it always a stand-out to me."

 

If you know of other dynamic businesses partnering with the arts, consider nominating it for the 2017 BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts.

 

 

 

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