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Arts and Business Leadership with Deborah Jordy

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For their Thought Leader” segment, Denver Business Journal sat down with Deborah Jordy, video above.

 

Why Jordy?

 

Jordy has spent decades nurturing Denver’s cultural assets as Executive Director of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) and recently became Executive Director of Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SFCD). SCFD is a special regional tax district of the State of Colorado that provides funding for art, music, theater, dance, zoology, botany, natural history, or cultural history organizations in the Denver Metropolitan Area.

 

Thanks to SCFD’s annual tiered funding of arts nonprofits — including Denver Botanic Gardens, the Denver Zoo and Denver Art Museum — the arts now generate $1.85 billion annually in economic activity, support 10,205 jobs and spur $520 million in tourism, according to data from the CBCA, responsible for advancing Colorado’s creative economy by connecting business and the arts.

 

SCFD board chairman Dan Hopkins explains, “Voters overwhelmingly renewed SCFD for another 12 years and Jordy’s leadership will assure their trust in the District is well placed. As we look to further expand access and inclusiveness, Deborah has the relationships and knowledge to make these goals the new reality.” (To learn more about the voting of the ballot measure that has extended the 0.1 sales tax to fund arts and culture institutions, go here.)

 

In addition to Jordy’s leadership in Colorado, her national level arts and business leadership has spanned to Americans for the Arts where she has chaired the Private Sector Council and is currently on the Board of Directors.

 

Video: Kathleen Lavine/Denver Business Journal

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Creative America – the $704 Billion Arts and Culture Economy

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Taken from the Huffington Post article “Goals Worth Fighting For,” by Americans for the Arts CEO Robert L. Lynch, below are eight goals that could strengthen our country through the arts. Great reminders to the business community and leaders everywhere as the status of federal funding for the arts is called into question.

 

1. Every person in the United States deserves to have access to the broad range of arts in his or her life. The way to do that is increase federal funding for the arts to $1 per capita for a more creative America;

 

2. Every child in the United States deserves to have access to every art form, grades K-12. The way to do that is fully fund and implement the Well-Rounded Education provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act to close gaps in access to arts education for all students;

 

3. Our country needs to be competitive and the arts provide a great opportunity for economic development, including tourism and support for small arts businesses run by entrepreneurs. One way to get there is by establishing a cabinet-level position to advise President Trump on the $704 billion arts and culture economy;

 

4. The creation of millions of jobs would be helped by boosting economic and community development programs, like those proposed in Senator Tom Udall’s CREATE Act, which promote the role of the arts in serving the American public through federal agencies such as the Small Business Administration, Rural Development Administration, FEMA disaster recovery centers—to name just a few. The job numbers speak loudly: the nation’s arts and culture sector employed 4.7 million wage and salary workers in 2013, with a total compensation of $339 billion;

 

5. Our military service members and veterans deserve to be fully supported during and after valiantly serving our country. Two ways to do that are to support the arts as they are integrated into health and wellness programs, which has shown much success in the past, and to increase access to arts therapists and artist-directed programs to help provide a pathway for re-entry and re-integration of our service members and veterans into the workforce. The NEA’s Creative Forces program is a shining example of this work;

 

6. Preserve or expand charitable tax deduction incentives;

 

7. Support creative youth development by strengthening community-based organizations working in youth development and the arts; and

 

8. Promote cultural exchange programs that advance diplomatic objectives and cultural cooperation through the exchange of art and other aspects of culture among nations.

 

As business leaders continue to share why they value the arts, the arts' impact to and improvement of society remains notably strong.  Additional resources and information about supporting and advocating for the arts are here.

 

Photo: Courtesy of Milliken & Company 2014 BCA 10 Award winnerFountain by Krisel. Sculpture located at the Roger Milliken Center.

Sheila Pree Bright’s Young American series from The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. A program made possible by 2011 BCA 10 and 2016 BCA Hall of Fame Award winner Aetna Inc.

Courtesy of Corning Incorporated 2015 BCA 10 Award winner. Dancers at 171 Cedar Arts Center, a multi-arts center supported by Corning Incorporated Foundation.

 

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St. Petersburg’s New Art Scene

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St. Petersburg’s New Art Scene

Amid the streets of St. Petersburg, FL, the private and tourist sectors alike have recently seen an explosion of revenue due to utilizing one simple lifehack—the arts. These reciprocal relationships of business, tourism, and arts in St. Petersburg stand living testament to the many ways any business can use the arts and not just boost sales, but improve the entire community.

 

Steve Westphal, St. Petersburg local entrepreneur and restaurant owner says, “without a doubt, collaborating with the arts, whether individual artists, arts organizations or arts festivals, is a good decision for businesses.” Westphal features etched glass, metal sculpture, marine life prints, and iconic grouper paintings by the late Bill Woo in his restaurant —and business is booming as a result.

 

More specifically, small businesses like his have been part of an astounding economic impact of over $200 million generated by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, according to a 2015 Arts & Culture Economic Impact Report produced by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance.

 

Staybridge Suites is getting in on the action, as well. Partnering with ARTicles Art Gallery & Custom Framing, the hotel has converted its dining area and lobby into a gallery space where artists can display their work. In addition to having pieces on display at all times, Staybridge hosts Art Night every three months, each bringing up to 100 people in. As artists revel in the exposure and hotel guests are more satisfied with their stay, it is easy to see why the show’s curator, Nathan Beard, refers to the partnership as “a mutually beneficial relationship.” Beard explained how the partnership goes even further than this, “we are always referring people who stop by ARTicles to the hotel and the hotel is referring guests to our gallery.”

 

Additionally, the City of St. Petersburg itself has collaborated with the local Chamber of Commerce to establish the St. Pete Store & Visitors Center, which displays the work of many artists and crafters on a rotating showcase. With a cycle of 40 artists being represented, the Chamber has reported the collective artists’ return to be nearly $20,000.

 

With all of the opportunities created and partnerships listed above, it is easy to agree with director of the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, John Collin’s statement, “Art is great for business.”

 

 

 

 

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Arts and Economic Development Intersect

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Hosting a series of classes, exhibitions, a market, and most famously the Arts & Apples Festival, Paint Creek Center for the Arts of Michigan is a beacon for all things visual and performing arts. Executive Director Tami Salisbury recently spoke on her passion for her work and the way she feels the arts stimulate the world.

 

"I really look at this organization as an economic development tool. We fulfill a quality of life expectation," Salisbury stated, and rightfully so; the Art & Apples Festival is one of the nation’s top fine arts fairs, showcasing works from nearly 300 artists. Taking place in the 30-acre Rochester Park, its fair enough to assume that an incredible amount of manpower is needed for this 3-day event.

 

Salisbury noted the job-yielding power of the arts—including, but not at all limited to extravaganzas such as this. “[T]here are a number of career paths in the arts... There are a number of careers that having a foundation in the arts prepares you for.” In this way, the festival shows us directly how the arts create jobs, and the pure enjoyment from attendees solidifies the quality of life expectation Salisbury mentioned; and, as she noted, the arts foster creativity, one of employers’ most highly sought-after skills.

 

Photo courtesy of Arts & Apples Festival

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Actor Tim Daly speaks on the value of the arts and the Creative Coalition

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Emmy-award-winning actor Tim Daly, a Creative Coalition board member, believes that art is a part of everything we do. According to him, this means that we need creative thinkers to take business, innovation and invention to a new level. Why? Because creativity allows business to "leap over the competition."

 

Watch Tim's informative interview below, part of the Noble Profit video series, in which he details just how the arts and creativity impact the economy, using examples from Tesla Motors and IDEO.

 

 

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