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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

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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 STEAM at NASDAQ

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On February 4, 2016, We Connect The Dots–a STEAM education program–joined with Microsoft to ring the opening bell of the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York City.

 

The ceremony celebrated the success of We Connect the Dots, its partnership with Microsoft, and their collective work to close the opportunity divide in technology, education and STEAM education. We Connect the Dots was founded by former Microsoft employee Laurie Carey.

 

The event signaled to business leaders worldwide the value of arts education in creating tomorrow's leaders in the business world and beyond.

 

"In addition to being one of the most innovative technology companies in the world, Microsoft is dedicated to addressing the opportunity divide that too many young people face. Working with nonprofits like We Connect the Dots, Microsoft is working to close the gap between those that have access to the skills and training they need to be successful, and those who do not." --Michael Sokoll, CFA, Senior Managing Director on the Market Intelligence Desk

 

o ring the opening bell of the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York City. - See more at: http://www.americansforthearts.org/news-room/art-in-the-news/steam-program-rings-nasdaq-opening-bell?utm_source=MagnetMail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=poherron@artsusa.org&utm_content=creativity%5Fconnection%5F2%5F4%5F16&utm_campaign=Creativity%20Connection%3A%20February%202016#sthash.HQJtWDz5.dpuf
We Connect The Dots – a STEAM education program

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U.S. Bank's CEO Speaks Out For the Arts

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On October 6, 2015, U.S. Bank's CEO Richard Davis accepted the BCA 10 award on the company's behalf at the BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America gala at the Central Park Boathouse in NYC.

 

During his inspring speech, he claimed that creativity is the most crucial trait for tomorrow's business leaders, that the arts help businesses tell their story, and that business leaders must come together to recognize the improtance of supporting the arts. Learn more about the BCA 10 and the nominations process.

 

Are you a business leader engaging with the arts or interested in learning more about how the arts can help your business? We want to hear from you!

 

Watch Richard Davis's acceptance speech:

 

 

Transcript: Thank you Julie and congratulations to everyone here tonight. So here’s the deal, we are very stoked to have this award because it’s a very special recognition of something we don’t talk enough about in America, which is the fine arts.

 

So tonight we’re really celebrating goosebumps. Right? Goosebumps. Think about it. The downbeat of the conductor’s baton and the beginning of the timpani roll at the orchestra. That perfect pirouette at the ballet, where you can’t believe that he or she could do it so perfectly. That amazing moment when in the confines of a beautiful building some reveals a piece of art… that breathtaking moment. And think about all these wonderful points in time that are brought to us by the fine arts. You know we celebrate the musicians, the theaters, the thespians, the performers, but they need support. So tonight we’re celebrating the goosebumps they bring to us, and business intersecting with the arts.

 

Now, there’s wonderful good news for you. I’m part of the Business Council of America, which is the top 150 companies in the country, and we gather three times a year, the CEOs, to talk about relevant events. Somehow I got stuck with the job of doing the survey. That’s my job, I’m survey guy. And in doing this last survey we asked the 150 CEOs of the largest institutions, “what is the most important attribute of a future C-Suite senior leader in your company?” and for the first time in history, by far, creativity came to the top of the list. [Applause.] So think of this, finally the right brain takes over! All of us are left brainers, at least at the bank we are, and this right brain, this creativity, this innovation, this thought provoking way of changing lives is what’s now in the offing. And so the greatest news of all is now is the time to get involved and be excited about what we can do intersecting business and the fine arts.

 

I’ll close with this very last thought. You see what we have here is storytelling. It doesn’t matter if you’re at the ballet or at the opera, if you’re listening to music or if you’re pondering a piece of art. It’s to your soul, not to your mind. And what we need to do today is celebrate the idea that business has found its moment in storytelling. So all of you here tonight, all nine of the great companies receiving this wonderful award, and those that fall before us from 2005 to today, we need to create this core of advocates, vocal, visceral advocates, to express that now business is reliant on the arts. Because the arts wouldn’t make it as far as they do without business, but the world wouldn’t make it at all without the arts. [Applause.] And so let the story be told that tonight we’ve got something to celebrate! And so here’s to more goosebumps, and Deborah Jordy, thank you for the nomination. We’re indeed honored to receive it on your behalf. Thanks everybody. Congratulations.

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CEO Shares 6 Ways Dance Helps Him Lead

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Mathew Heggem is a dancer turned CEO of SUM Innovation, a 15 person company that assesses, designs, implements, and manages accounting solutions. After working in the nonprofit world for many years, Matthew changed his career to seek out new experiences. Though one may not think that “choreographer” and “accounting consultant” share many characteristics, Matthew says building a business is creative work.


“I saw building a business as an opportunity to continue my exploration as a creative person. A new business is a blank canvas, and it’s all a matter of leveraging your creativity to create something worthwhile within the context of your resources,” Matthew says in an article on Simply Hired's blog.

 

Creativity enables innovative thinking, and an exposure to art can equip future employees with qualifications that translate across fields. “Discovering the overlap between the outputs of dance and accounting paved the way for me to effectively take on a CEO role.... Instead of seeing myself as only a skilled dance artist, I looked at what made me a choreographer and found that my talents applied to more than just the stage.”
 

Read 6 ways that this CEO’s dance training helps him as a leader in business.

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BBVA Compass CEO Advocates for STEAM

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BBVA Compass CEO Advocates for STEAM

This Thanksgiving, when you're thinking about everything you're grateful for, don't forget to give thanks for your arts education. Many children today do not have access to adequate arts education, which expands creativity and leads to increased job opportunities.

 

Arts education advocates had a big moment last week when Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) added an amendment to the rewrite of the nation’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), integrating the arts into STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math). Learn more about this important legislation.

 

In a recent op-ed in the Houston Chronicle, Manolo Sanchez, CEO of 2014 BCA 10 honoree BBVA Compass, argues on behalf of arts education and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). "Exposure to the arts - to the endless possibilities of exploration in music, art, dance, drama - has the power to spark the kind of creativity that can lead to student achievement across many disciplines. It helps kids learn how to take intellectual risks and to dig deep into their brains to make complex connections," he says.

 

In this op-ed, Sanchez introduces a new musicians-in-residence program at Crespo Elementary School in Southeast Houston, a joint venture by the Houston Independent School District and Houston Symphony, with support from BBVA Compass. Crespo is a fine arts magnet school with a student population that's 95 percent economically disadvantaged and 97 percent Hispanic.The program is inspired by a "time-tested and respected initiative pioneered by the New York Philharmonic." According to Sanchez, "two Community Embedded Musicians from the Houston Symphony will teach third-, fourth- and fifth-graders about the power of classical music, reaching more than 400 economically disadvantaged students each year."

 

Sanchez claims, "Studies have found that students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds were significantly more likely to excel in math if they'd had music education. Non-native English speakers are also able to pick up the language faster through the use of music."

 

"It's in the private sector's interest to step up and fund arts initiatives. It's good corporate citizenship, but it's also smart business," Sanchez asserts. "Those who do will be helping to bring the magic of the arts to students who might otherwise be unable to experience it, yes. But they're also helping build the kind of workforce that sees the world in innovative new ways - a critical skill for this 21st century."

 

Read the full op-ed here.

 

Learn more about Americans for the Arts' arts education initiatives.

 

Read more stories about businesses supporting arts education.

 

Photo: Manolo Sanchez at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. BBVA Compass and the BBVA Compass Foundation sponsored an exhibition from Dec. 16, 2012, through March 31, 2013, of more than 100 European paintings from Madrid’s famed Museo del Prado at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – the first time a collection of its size was ever shown outside of Spain.

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Bank of America Creates Treasure from Trash

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Bank of America Creates Treasure from Trash

As a part of Bank of America’s Recycle Now campaign, a new global engagement initiative that uses art to educate and inspire Bank of America’s employees to recycle at work, the company recently partnered with chashama, a New York City nonprofit organization that works with property owners to activate unused real estate into space for artists, performers, youth, and community groups.

 

On Earth Day this past April, Bank of America and chashama showcased chandeliers made of recyclables that were found in the trash cans around Bank of America’s office at One Bryant Park. chashama artsist, Christopher Trujillo used paper, plastic bottles, and food containers in his creation of the pieces to inspire employees to recycle and reduce waste. 10 young members of The Boys & Girls Club of Harlem were also involved in the creative process, working on their own chandelier to add to the installation. The project is part of a six-week Recycle Now sculpture challenge taking place in several Bank of America offices throughout the United States and in London.

Along with Bank of America’s dedication to the arts and green initiatives, The Durst Organization, which owns One Bryant Park, often offers up its space for chashama events, performances, and workshops.

 

Through the partnership, Bank of America capitalized on creativity and unique messaging to communicate business goals while also engaging their employees with an inspirational arts-in-the-workplace campaign. Bank of America is a 2012 BCA: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts honoree.

 

Read more about the installation and collaboration on chashama’s website.

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Bank of America Offers Customers a Free Pass into the Arts

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Bank of America Offers Customers a Free Pass into the Arts

 

Bank of America, a 2012 BCA 10 honoree, has announced its roster for the 2015 season of Museums on Us, a program that allows debit and credit cardholders of Bank of America and Merrill Lynch free admission to prominent cultural institutions on the first full weekend of every month.

 

“We believe the arts have the power to connect people and help local economies thrive,” said Rena DeSisto, Bank of America global arts and culture executive. “For 18 seasons, Museums on Us has provided access to unique cultural experiences across the country and brought new visitors to our partner museums.”

 

The program covers arts and cultural institutions, science centers and botanical gardens in 98 cities and 32 states. Over 150 institutions are participants, including recent additions such as the Brooklyn Historical Society in New York City, the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago, and the Morris Museum of Art in Atlanta.

Bank of America’s support of cultural institutions and programs like Museums on Us makes an impact on economies and societies around the country. When you partner with local arts, you partner with the whole city.

 

  For more information about Museums on Us, click here.

 

To learn more about how the arts contribute to the economy, check out Americans for the Arts’ Arts & Economic Prosperity IV.

 

Photo: Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids,
a Museums on Us® participant. Courtesy of Bank of America
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A Work of Art that Fits in Your Wallet

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Wells Fargo, a 2005 BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America honoree, has built a collaboration with The Kinsey Collection, offering customizable credit and debit cards featuring images from the esteemed private collection of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey.

 

The collaboration came on the heels of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation in 2013, with Wells Fargo presenting The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, a national touring exhibit of history, art, and artifacts. The Kinsey Collection is one of the largest unique collections of authentic and rare African American art, artifacts, books, documents and manuscripts that span 400 years. The current exhibit, Re-Discovering America: Family Treasures from the Kinsey Collection, is currently on view at Walt Disney World’s Epcot through 2016.

 

“What was almost instantly appealing about working with the Kinseys is that so much of what’s in the collection is about African American achievement,” said Tim Hanlon, President of the Wells Fargo Foundation. “We have an opportunity via the collection to help folks to really understand and appreciate the milestone that the Emancipation Proclamation really was.”

 

Through its partnership with the Kinsey Collection, Well Fargo is reaching new audiences, advancing corporate objectives and delivering its message in engaging ways through the arts. Customizing debit and credit cards with artworks from the collection connects current and prospective customers to Wells Fargo’s philanthropic mission and reinforces the Bank's commitment to the arts.

 

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