A major supporter of the arts since the 19th century, Baker Botts, an international law firm, strives to be a good corporate citizen, helping arts organizations thrive and providing opportunities for its employees and clients to increase their exposure to all forms of art.
“Arts programs are essential to our communities,” said former Baker Botts Managing Partner Walt Smith upon the announcement of the 2011 BCA award. “We make it a priority to support these programs with volunteer time, board participation and financial contributions. We are truly honored that the BCA has chosen to recognize our commitment to the arts.”
Supporting arts organizations brings valuable perspectives, experiences, and talents to the firm which allows Baker Botts to be more creative, effective, and ultimately successful in the practice of law.
The Houston Grand Opera (HGO) nominated Baker Botts for The BCA 10 “because of its long-term commitment to supporting and bolstering a thriving arts community by supporting major art institutions as well as employee arts programming,” HGO officials stated in their nominating letter to the BCA.
Baker Botts provides extensive pro bono legal services and financial contributions to a variety of arts organizations, including Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, Alley Theatre, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, and Rice University—just to name a few.
Baker Botts is dedicated to providing opportunities for employees and clients to increase their involvement and exposure to the arts. Each winter, the Houston office hosts a family holiday event tied to its support of local performing arts organizations. These events have taken place in conjunction with productions such as The Nutcracker at Houston Ballet, and The Grinch at Theater Under The Stars followed by an exclusive on-stage reception. These unique experiences allow Baker Botts to introduce the arts to a new generation and foster an early appreciation for the arts.
Baker Botts understands the importance of exposing youth to the arts, and the company provides art education opportunities for K-12 students. The firm’s Dallas office has sponsored Julius H. Dorsey Elementary School in the Pleasant Grove area of Dallas since 1993 in conjunction with the Dallas Independent School District Partners in Education Program. Among other activities, Baker Botts participates in the arts and crafts program that addresses the artistic needs of kindergartners who do not have access to art classes.
Baker Botts also incorporated the arts in conjunction with its diversity initiatives. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in 2011, Baker Botts displayed an art exhibit by Artists of the Americas. The exhibit included original artworks by distinguished, internationally emerging artists from Latin America whose works have been recognized by prominent cultural institutions and will be featured in several of Baker Botts’ domestic offices.
Baker Botts is dedicated to providing unparalleled support to organizations benefiting people in the vibrant cities in which they office. Baker Botts’ involvement with the arts is a fundamental part of the firm’s activity and culture.
Photo: Houston Grand Opera’s 2010-2011 production of Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” Pictured are Albina Shagimuratova as Lucia and Scott Hendricks as Enrico Ashton. Photographer: Felix Sanchez