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BCA Leadership Award: Chandrika Tandon

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BCA Leadership Award: Chandrika Tandon

Chandrika Tandon will receive the Leadership Award at the BCA 10 Gala on October 2, 2018 in New York City. Click here to learn more about the BCA10.

 

"Since ancient times, art has had the ability to transform every sphere of life: people, communities, education -- I discovered my whole self when returning to music, and my life is far richer because of that. I wish the same transformative experience for others. There’s no better place to start this process than education -- we’ve only scratched the surface.”

                                                                                              

Chandrika Tandon is an expert on the intersection of business and the arts, as both the Founder and Chairman of Tandon Capital Associates, and as a Grammy-nominated singer.

 

Prior to founding her own financial advisory firm in 1992, Tandon was the first Indian-American woman to make partner at McKinsey and Company. With her first paycheck from McKinsey, she purchased a guitar and stereo system rather than a bed – and slept on the floor of her apartment. Music has always played an important part in her life, and it was not until she became successful in business that she rediscovered her craft.

 

After training to become a musician, she recorded her album, Soul Call, which was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Contemporary World Music. She has released four albums under her nonprofit label, Soul Chants Music, which donates all proceeds to support community building, education, the arts, and well-being.

 

In an interview with the NYU Steinhardt school, she explained her late dive into professional music: “Music is what I am; everything else is what I did.” When traveling around the world for business, Tandon found music to be a form of communication. In describing the various dimensions of business, music, and meditation, she commented: “They all inform each other; they all affect each other.”

 

Tandon has performed many benefit concerts to support organizations such as the Smithsonian, Lincoln Center, Wellness and Global Peace Initiatives, and the World Culture Festival. She will go on tour for her newest album, Shivoham – The Quest, in spring of 2019.

 

 9/11 Remembrance at Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, courtesy Chandrika Tandon

 

Chandrika and her husband, Ranjan, are also philanthropists, and have donated $100 million to the NYU School of Engineering. She remains heavily involved with NYU as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the President’s Global Council, and Chair of the NYU Tandon Engineering School, as well as serving on boards of the Stern Business School and Langone Health System. Tandon is also a former Dean’s Council Member at NYU Wagner School of Public Policy, where she trains leaders to impact public well-being. 

 

She serves on the Board of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, leading a major effort to attract new, diverse audiences, and chairing the Global Council. At Berklee School of Music, where she serves on the President’s Council, Berklee-Tandon Global Clinics connect underprivileged talent to distinguished faculty worldwide. As Chair of the Krishnamurthy Tandon Foundation, she has supported over 30 institutions which work in education, the arts, wellness, and community building.

 

As both a CEO and musician, Tandon has a unique understanding of the way business and the arts can influence each other, and how the intersections between the two can have a positive impact.

 

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BCA 10 Spotlight: UMB Financial Corporation (Kansas City, MO)

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BCA 10 Spotlight: UMB Financial Corporation (Kansas City, MO)

 

Americans for the Arts is excited to honor UMB at the BCA 10 Gala on October 2, 2018 in New York City. Click here to learn more about the BCA10.

 

“It is an honor to be recognized among this group of distinguished and innovative companies. UMB believes the arts to be a medium that permeates all areas of life and positively affects those it touches. Our commitment to the arts is a distinct part of our culture that truly contributes to the quality of our work life and environment.”

 – Mariner Kemper, CEO and chairman, UMB Financial Corporation

 

UMB Financial Corporation was founded by the Kemper family in 1913, and the arts have been an integral part of the character of the company. UMB believes all people can benefit from the power and positivity of the arts. Whether it’s through a creative outlet, therapeutic respite, expansion of viewpoints, or pure enjoyment, the arts impact communities and individuals in powerful ways. UMB’s commitment to the arts is equally visible from its headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., to its offices spanning eight states.

 

On the first Friday of each month, Kansas City Crossroads Art District hosts “Kansas City First Fridays,” where the Art District transforms into a giant art gallery and street festival. UMB has a branch in the heart of the neighborhood and is a strong supporter of the event.

 

CEO Mariner Kemper was appointed campaign chairperson for the Denver Mayor’s Commission on Art, Culture & Film in the late 1990s, during which he was instrumental in integrating public art into the design of the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the Denver Public Library. He now sits on the board of the Denver Art Museum, where he serves as the Uncorked fundraising event co-chair, which UMB has sponsored for the past 15 years.

 

The company recognizes the value of the arts for associates and maintains the UMB Corporate Art Collection, one of the most highly regarded collections of American art in the Midwest. Established for the enjoyment of customers, guests, and associates, R. Crosby Kemper’s intent regarding the creation of the collection was to foster a knowledge of classic American art in all of UMB’s communities. New associates learn about the history of the company’s passion for the arts during a New Hire Art Tour on their first day.

 

ArtsKC Awards Luncheon FUSE, courtesy of UMB

 

Associates also have hands-on creative opportunities. Every year, UMB branches, departments, groups, and individual associates transform plain, ceramic piggy banks into creative works of art during the UMB Piggy Bank Parade and Auction. This annual fundraiser, benefiting ArtsKC, a nonprofit arts council in Kansas City, is a fun and exciting way for associates to show off their artistic talents. The 2017 campaign included more than 40 piggy banks and raised $3,346.

 

UMB also annually offers qualifying associates two paid volunteer days off to invest back into the community, as well as numerous volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Regular email communication is sent to associates promoting local arts activities in Kansas City and throughout its regions.

 

Senior leaders in Texas and Arizona have won awards for their commitment to business and the arts. Across the eight states UMB serves, associates hold board positions with organizations such as the Denver Art Museum, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Wichita Art Museum, Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona, Ballet Folklorico Esperanza, and Ballet Arizona.

 

In recognition of their partnerships with and contributions to arts organizations, UMB Financial Corporation was a BCA 10 honoree in 2008.

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BCA 10 Spotlight: Fifth Third Bank (Cincinnati, OH)

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BCA 10 Spotlight: Fifth Third Bank (Cincinnati, OH)

Americans for the Arts is excited to honor Fifth Third Bank at the BCA 10 Gala on October 2, 2018 in New York City. Click here to learn more about the BCA 10.

 

“Fifth Third Bank is committed to building thriving and vibrant communities, and in many ways, so are the arts. The arts play a central role in creating economic prosperity as well as a rich social and cultural life. They create common bonds that connect cultures and neighborhoods, touching and engaging every single one of us.”

– Greg Carmichael Chairman, President and CEO, Fifth Third Bancorp

 

Fifth Third Bank has a history of firsts. In 1948, it created the Fifth Third Foundation, the first corporate foundation established by a financial institution in the United States. Since then, the Bank has contributed funding, sponsorship, and leadership to the arts. In 2017, Cincinnati Fifth Third Bank President Tim Elsbrock chaired the ArtsWave campaign for the greater Cincinnati region’s local arts agency, and raised $12.5 million for the organization. When it came time for the Cincinnati Music Hall to be renovated, Fifth Third Foundation stepped in as one of the first $1 million pledges to help launch the renovation.

 

As one of Cincinnati’s largest employers, Fifth Third Bank understands the importance of the arts when it comes to engaging employees. The company incentivizes donations to the arts through endorsed payroll deductions and encourages leadership opportunities for its employees. Last year, 4,213 members of the Cincinnatiworkforce donated to ArtsWave. 132 of these donations exceeded $1,500.

 

Additionally, Teresa Tanner, chief administrative officer of Fifth Third Bank, was named Chair of ArtsWave’s Board of Directors last fall. Many other executives at Fifth Third Bank also serve on the boards of arts and cultural organizations, including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Ballet, and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, as well as other arts organizations across its 10-state reach.

 

In partnership with ArtsWave, the Bank has promoted opportunities for employees to engage with the arts through showcases and performances. The two organizations are currently working collaboratively on an “Inclusive Arts” program with artist Brian Washington, whose work will be exhibited by the Bank and who will also design a mural for the headquarters in Cincinnati. The Bank’s first mural, designed by Eduardo Kobra, depicts Neil Armstrong, the American astronaut who was an Ohio native and University of Cincinnati professor.

 

Fifth Third Bank’s connection to local arts fosters a sense of pride in its city. The Bank has sponsored “Transform Cincinnati,” a book detailing the ArtWorks Mural Program, which is a nonprofit public art initiative, and has also sponsored TIDAL, a hackathon in Cincinnati which brings together minds from the tech, design, and marketing industries to rethink issues in the arts.

 

Mural by artist Eduardo Kobra at its Cincinnati headquarters, courtesy Fifth Third Bank

 

Over the past 20 years, the Fifth Third Foundation has donated almost $7 million to the arts. Fifth Third Bank has branches across Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, West Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, and North Carolina, where they are also engaged in their respective communities through their support of the arts.

 

 Nominated by ArtsWave

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BCA 10 Spotlight: Zions Bank (Salt Lake City, UT)

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BCA 10 Spotlight: Zions Bank (Salt Lake City, UT)

Americans for the Arts is excited to honor Zions Bank at the BCA 10 Gala on October 2, 2018 in New York City. Click here to learn more about the BCA10.

 

“There are many similarities between the arts and business.  Both push the envelope of human creativity, intellect, energy, and promise. Both seek to motivate, to produce, to achieve excellence, to grow, to unite. So, as we build an enduring platform for economic success in our communities, we need to ensure that both business and the arts flourish.” 

-- Scott Anderson, President and CEO, Zions Bank

 

Founded in Utah in 1873, Zions Bank began supporting cultural institutions in the 1890s. Nearly 150 years later, Zions Bank operates more than 120 branches in 3 different states and continues to be an integral part of the communities they serve. They are fortunate to be part of an environment where arts and culture are prioritized; according to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Utah ranks as the state with the highest attendance at museum and theatre events, and number two in art exhibit attendance. Given the state’s robust arts scene, it is only natural that businesses such as Zions Bank are allies of the arts themselves.

 

Among Zions Bank’s guiding principles is a commitment to creating value for the communities it serves, and the company understands that the arts are a way to achieve this goal. Traveling arts and cultural exhibits, often showcasing local artists, are displayed in branch offices. For 20 years, Zions Bank and the Natural History Museum of Utah have partnered to host a rotating exhibit highlighting native artwork and crafts. Zions Bank itself has an extensive collection of more than 3,800 original works by regional artists.

 

Employees engage with the arts through volunteer opportunities and workplace giving. Current staff sit on the boards of the Utah Arts Council, Ballet West, Utah Symphony |Utah Opera, Pioneer Memorial Theatre, Basque Museum in Idaho, The Leonardo Museum, Hale Centre Theatre, The Utah Film Center, Sun Valley Film Festival, Sundance Institute, and the Utah Anime Promotions, among many others. 

 

Private banking clients are invited to an exclusive annual art show, which features the work of local artists who are also clients of Zions Bank. After 20 years of successful art shows, branches in Boise, Idaho and Provo, Utah have begun hosting their own events. Customers can also win tickets to performances, Sundance Film Festival screenings, and other arts events. Community, Zions Bank’s lifestyle magazine, offers complimentary advertising to many of its arts partners, in addition to allocating space for arts-related articles. Other advertising and branding partnerships have formed over the years, with Ballet West appearing in an advertisement that aired at local movie theaters.

 

Utah Symphony performes in Moab, UT; courtesy, Zions Bank

 

The arts play a key role in Zions Bank’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. The Diversity Business Forums gather at least quarterly, often to experience arts-related programming prior to a networking reception. Past sponsored events have included a multimedia poetry reading by “The Cosby Show” star Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who recited Langston Hughes’ epic poem “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz.”

 

In recognition of their support, Zions Bank was a BCA 10 honoree in 2008. Since then, CEO Scott Anderson has also received arts awards from the Utah Cultural Alliance and the Utah Governor Gary Herbert. Zions Bank is committed to continuing its work as a strong supporter and advocate for the arts.

 

Nominated by Utah Cultural Alliance

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PNC Keeping Arts Alive in its Communities

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PNC Keeping Arts Alive in its Communities

BCA 10 Honoree PNC continues to use the arts to bring its communities together. Through PNC Arts Alive, the company’s foundation is supporting access to arts experiences through affordable pricing, mobile studios, sensory friendly performances, and more.

 

PNC Arts Alive! Was introduced in 2009 to expose new audiences to the arts and increased audiences by 70% in its first year. Building on that success, they have since supporter over 200 programs and 60 organizations with $10 million.

 

The company’s investment and partnership with the arts has not only enhanced the community’s vibrancy, but it has had a notable effect on the economy. When the arts prosper, communities prosper.

 

According to their release, “PNC Arts Alive is a multi-year initiative of the PNC Foundation dedicated to supporting visual and performing arts groups with the goal of increasing arts access and engagement in new and innovative ways. The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture.”

 

List of Grant Recipients in Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey:

African American Museum of Philadelphia
Bay Atlantic Symphony
Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
Brandywine River Museum
Cape May Stage
The Clay Studio
First Person Arts, Inc.
Fleisher Art Memorial
InterActTheatre
Kimmel Center
Mural Arts
Opera Philadelphia

Perkins Center for the Arts
PHILADANCO!

Philadelphia Clef Club
Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA)
Philadelphia Orchestra
Philadelphia Theatre Company
Taller Puertorriqueño
Theatre Horizon
Walnut Street Theatre
WheatonArts & Cultural Center

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Serena Williams x Allstate Foundation Purple Purse

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Serena Williams x Allstate Foundation Purple Purse

Tennis all-star Serena Williams teamed up with Allstate Foundation Purple Purse and artists, including Isabel Castillo Guijarro to raise awareness about domestic violence. Together, they unveiled a street art campaign that will appear in six cities with six different murals.

 

Domestic violence, while remarkable common – affecting 1 in 4 women – is often overlooked. Allstate Foundation Purple Purse conducted a Public Opinion Survey, which revealed that “the most common form of domestic violence – financial abuse – remains difficult to detect and understand,” with 2/3 saying they “have not seen anything on financial abuse as a form of domestic abuse in the public forum.”

 

These murals are meant to be backdrops for photos, to be shared on social media. In the age of Instagram and other platforms, the stigma of social media continues to grow. By using shareable public art, Allstate Foundation and Serena Williams aim to shed new light onto this issue.

 

As reported in the press release, here are the locations of the murals:

 

  • New York City, Tictail Market, created by Isabel Castillo Guijarro
  • Houston, The Heights, created by Ana Marietta
  • New Orleans, Oak Street, created by Milagros Collective
  • Chicago, Wicker Park, created by Lauren Asta
  • Seattle, (week of Aug. 6) created by Ellen Picken
  • Los Angeles, (week of Aug. 13) created by Carolyn Suzuki

 

Photo: Mural by Isabel Castillo Guijarro

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Cool Globes in a Pittsburgh Summer

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Cool Globes in a Pittsburgh Summer

Since 2006, Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet, an offshoot of a commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative, has placed globes around the world to combat climate change. Using public art, Cool Globes has brought messages of awareness to Washington DC, California, Texas, and Copenhagen, Geneva, Marseilles, Amsterdam, and Jerusalem.

 

Last month, they unveiled the latest exhibit in Pittsburgh, with support from 2013 BCA 10 honoree PNC Foundation. In a news release, Greg Jordan, PNC General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer said:

The Cool Globes exhibit is internationally recognized not only for its artistry but also for shining a light on the environment. The exhibit, and the globe we selected for installation at Triangle Park that represents green building, couldn’t be a more natural fit with PNC’s commitment to sustainability initiatives. We can think of no better place to showcase this exhibit and the work of local artists than our hometown.

 

In 2013, at the time of PNC’s BCA honor, then Executive Vice President and Director of Community Affairs said, “The PNC Foundation has always believed that engagement in the arts enriches lives and builds stronger, more vibrant communities.” Through this partnership with Cool Globes, PNC Foundation continues to use the arts to create strong, engaged communities.

 

Cool Globes in Pittsburgh is also made possible by the City of Pittsburgh Mayor’s Office, Heinz Endowments, and the Pittsburgh Penguin Foundations.

 

Check out a sample of the globes on their site.

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PurePoint Financial Offices Display Local Artists

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PurePoint Financial Offices Display Local Artists

PurePoint Financial is a hybrid digital bank that launched in February 2017. Although it has only been around for a year and a half, it is already into its second art exhibit at its flagship Park Avenue location. With the aim of celebrating the community, PurePoint Financial has supported local artists who feature the New York City landscape and culture.

 

This week, it opened its new gallery, “Dance as Art: The New York Photography Project,” by Kevin Richardson. His work showcases dancers around the city, celebrating both their talent and the NYC environment.  

 

In 2017, PurePoint Financial displayed the photography of Rachel Neville, also a dance photographer. When she auctioned off some of her work, a portion of the proceeds went to Project LIFT, which is a program of New York Theater Ballet that provides access to children. PurePoint is making a matching contribution to the New York Philharmonics Very Young Composers program.

 

With the launch of the first exhibit, Maha Madain, Head of Marketing at PurePoint Financial said, “The art scene is part of New York. What better way to showcase our commitment to the community than being part of the community?”

 

Likewise, their office in Houston features work by Lynn Lane, the official photographer for the Houston Grand Opera and Alley Theatre.

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KeyBank Donates $10 million to Rock & Roll Hall

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KeyBank Donates $10 million to Rock & Roll Hall

At the 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, CEO Greg Harris had something to announce that was just as exciting as the rock icons they were honoring. He shared that KeyBank Foundation had commit $10 million to the Hall of Fame.  

 

KeyBank has been a supporter since the first days of the Rock Hall, providing sponsorship for various events, concerts, and festivals. Aside from the Rock Hall, they have consistently supported cultural institutions, including the Cleveland Orchestra, PlayHouse Square, Broadway Series, Cleveland Museum of Art, and many more.

 

Beth Mooney, KeyBank CEO said, "At KeyBank, we have made it our mission to create thriving communities and we believe that access to arts and culture is core to that mission. Through this unprecedented gift, we will work to provide greater accessibility for the community and preserve this national icon and regional treasure for future generations."

 

KeyBank’s partnership with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame demonstrates the tremendous power that the arts can have on a community, and the incredible impact that a company can have on creating vibrant spaces.

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eMoney using Art to Connect to New Community

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eMoney using Art to Connect to New Community

eMoney Advisor, a wealth management solutions provider, recently opened their third location in Providence, RI in 2017. In order to connect with the new employees and the new community, the firm has turned to art.

 

“Since eMoney is fairly new to Providence, it’s been really important for us to connect with the community,” said Tessa Raum, Head of People Experience, at eMoney. “Most of our office is comprised of talented Rhode Islanders who are proud to live, work and give back to their communities. Displaying the incredible work of local artists in our office was an easy way for us to further integrate Providence’s culture within the eMoney environment.”

 

Two weeks ago, the company announced its partnership with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA). RISCA presented works by local artists who were named fellows by their annual grant program. Employeees from eMoney were then given the opportunity to review and vote for their favorite pieces. The top choices now reside in the eMoney office at 100 Westminster Street.

 

If you happen to walk through the office, you may see works by Jodie Goodnough, or Johnny Adimando, Kathy Jodge. “It was great to be included in the process of choosing the art and then see it hung in our office,” said Gary Jutras, a senior software engineer at eMoney. “We all have our favorites, and the variety makes the office really feel like our own space.”

 

RISCA plans to continue involving the employees with the arts with lunch-and-learns with the artists.

 

New release: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180419006244/en/eMoney-Advisor-Partners-Rhode-Island-State-Council

Photo: BusinessWire

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