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
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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.
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.”
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."
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Planet Art, a new iPad app recently released by the global financial services firm UBS, increases accessibility to the arts by collecting news about the contemporary arts all in one place. Planet Art was first introduced during the December 2014 opening of Art Basel in Miami Beach where all were invited to experience the collection of up-to-date and top-ranked stories relating to trending arts topics. UBS Chief Marketing Officer, Johan Jervøe, views the app as an invaluable guide and believes “that critical insights and seeing the bigger picture are fundamental shared values between the art world and providing financial services.” Check out the video below for an overview of the new app available now!
Last month, TD Bank paired up with MillionTreesNYC, a borough-wide effort to secure urban forests, by planting and maintaining a million trees throughout the city. A group of ten artists commissioned by the bank and selected by art curator Bridgette Mayer have created original tree-inspired works to be displayed in the windows of New York’s 115 branches.
The campaign is a creative way for TD Bank to reiterate its commitments to environmental sustainability. Targeting environmentalists, artists, and of course, New Yorkers, Art for Trees is a way for TD Bank to engage and enhance the community.
In conjunction with the campaign, TD Bank released a series of videos of each of the artists speaking about their work on the project and environmental awareness. Eileen Neff, whose photographs are included in the campaign, was particularly pleased with TD Bank’s social and environmental stewardship, explained, “I read a lot about [TD Bank], and it was kind of stunning what they’re doing.”
The original artworks will be shown at pop-up galleries around the city. Proceeds from the sale of the original pieces will be distributed to the New York Restoration Project, Friends of the High Line, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Trees New York.
The Art for Trees campaign notes, “Art finds a cause. Green finds a way. And we’re one step further in coloring the communities we serve.”
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services’Experiencing Perspectives art program creates an environment for employees in which contemporary art plays a large role. The idea behind the program is to invigorate creative and inspirational work. The program offers annual art exhibitions, art tours, community conversations and other events.
Experiencing Perspectives was launched in 2001 in collaboration with the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Since then, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services has displayed the school’s graduate student artwork in its Americas Headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan. It is a partnership between art, education and business that remains the only one of its kind with the country's top-ranked graduate program in architecture, design and fine art. (Photo credit: Mercedes-Benz Financial Services President and CEO Peter Zieringer speaks to guests about the partnership with Cranbrook Academy of Arts during the Experiencing Perspectives community art reception held at the company's regional headquarters in Farmington Hills on September 30. PRNewsFoto/Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.)
On October 1, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services announced the 2014-2015 installation, its largest to date. In addition to art installations, Experiencing Perspectives offers Mercedes-Benz employees opportunities to engage in art tours, visual thinking discussions and community events. Employees are also given the opportunity to showcase their own creative talents by participating in a biannual employee art show.
"Our unique partnership with the Cranbrook Academy of Art has enriched our work environment and enabled us to support emerging and established artists working and studying in our community for more than a decade," said CEO of Mercedes-Benz Finanial Services, Peter Zieringer. "As the program has grown, so has our ability to develop meaningful connections between business and the arts. Through our various community relationships, art has become part of our foundation that bridges community and workplace culture together. Some may wonder if it adds value in a business environment. I would say it absolutely has played a valuable role in expanding perspectives, inspiring creative thought and cultivating innovative ideas."
As part of the Experiencing Perspectives art program, one lucky Cranbrook Academy student will receive the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award. The award recognizes the promise of a graduating artist and provides him or her the opportunity to live and work for two months abroad in Berlin, Germany. There, the recipient has the opportunity to participate in a personalized networking program with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services' Berlin partner, the Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, which includes introductions to members of the international art community.
For more information about Mercedes-Benz Financial Services' Experiencing Perspectives art program and community art partnerships visit:
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