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BCA 10 Spotlight: Phillips 66 (Houston, TX)

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BCA 10 Spotlight: Phillips 66 (Houston, TX)

“As a company committed to improving lives, Phillips 66 is proud to support the arts. Our communities are enriched by the arts, precisely because art touches and changes lives in ways that are positive and profound. It’s one important way we can make a difference in the places where our employees live and work.”

-Greg Garland, Chairman and CEO, Phillips 66

 

Phillips 66 debuted in 2012 as an independent energy company after a split from ConocoPhillips. Since then, the company has prioritized the arts as a part of its commitment to enriching the civic life of the communities in which it operates. Phillips 66 recognizes that the arts are a way to bring communities together, engage employees, and support youth.

Americans for the Arts is excited to honor Phillips 66 at the BCA 10 Gala on October 2, 2018 in New York City. Click here to learn more about the BCA 10.

 

The company is present in its community through its support of arts and cultural events. Phillips 66 has been one of the Houston Symphony’s leading corporate donors for the past four years, by supporting the Houston Symphony Ball and programs such as Film With Live Orchestra performances. The organization is also a presenting sponsor of free performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre by Stages Repertory Theatre and the Society for the Performing Arts. 

 

Houston Symphony Ball, sponsored by Phillips 66; photo courtesy of Phillips 66

 

Internally, Phillips 66 understands the value of the arts and volunteer work when it comes to engaging its own employees. The company encourages their employees to volunteer at various organizations by offering up to two days of company-paid volunteer time. In addition to matching gifts to charities of up to $15,000, the company also donates $500 for every 20 hours an employee spends volunteering.

 

Last year, all Phillips 66 employees were invited to an orchestra performance by the Houston Symphony, led by Associate Conductor Robert Franz. Tickets to other performances were used as an incentive for participation in the company’s United Way Campaign, a charity dedicated to creating long-lasting community change. Phillips 66 also engages with employees’ children by hosting an art contest each year. Entrants create artwork that depicts something safety-related, and the winners are selected for Phillips 66’s annual Life Saving Rules Calendar.

 

Phillips 66 is also dedicated to increasing youth’s access to the arts. The company and its employees facilitated Camp Adventure!, a collaboration between the Houston Symphony and Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation (BBHLF). Due to the support of Phillips 66, Camp Adventure! was able to offer free music classes facilitated by the Symphony’s Community Embedded Musicians and an Instrument Petting Zoo, where children learned about various musical instruments.

 

As part of Phillips 66’s partnership with the Children’s Museum of Houston, the company has commissioned artist Jack Strutz to create interactive social media campaigns to advance literacy through the arts. The company has also sponsored field trips to Theatre Under the Stars, a nonprofit musical theatre production company, as well as family-friendly performances by the Houston Grand Opera. In addition, Phillips 66 sponsors Mercury Baroque’s Neighborhood Series, which holds affordable neighborhood concerts throughout Houston.  Through these successful arts partnership, Phillips 66 is breathing new energy into its communities and reinforcing its commitment to improving lives.

 

Nominated by Houston Symphony

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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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Announcing the 2018 BCA 10 Honorees

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Announcing the 2018 BCA 10 Honorees
The Business Committee for the Arts (BCA) of Americans for the Arts is proud to present the BCA 10 awards on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at a black-tie gala at the Central Park Boathouse in New York City.
 
The awards honor 10 U.S. companies, a business leader, and an arts and business partnership for their exceptional commitment to the arts through grants, local partnerships, volunteer programs, matching gifts, sponsorships, and board membership.
 
We are excited to announce this year's winners:
 

Churchill Downs (Louisville, KY)

Fifth Third Bank (Cincinnati, OH)

Fosun (New York, NY)

Phillips 66 (Houston, TX)

The Standard (Portland, OR)

Tierney (Philadelphia, PA)

UMB Financial Corporation (Kansas City, MO)

VF Corporation (Greensboro, NC)

West Bend Mutual Insurance Company (West Bend, WI)

Zions Bank (Salt Lake City, UT)

 

In addition, Chandrika Tandon, chairman of Tandon Capital Associates and Soul Chants Music in New York City and Grammy-nominated musician, will be honored with the BCA Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals for their extraordinary vision, leadership, and commitment to supporting the arts and for encouraging other businesses to follow their lead.

 

Square and Cheyenne River Youth Project of San Francisco, CA and Eagle Butte, SD, respectively, will receive the David Rockefeller pARTnership Award. This award recognizes a company and arts organization (or artist) for an exceptional project, program, or initiative that represents a true alliance, collaboration, or exchange between the two.

 

"We are grateful to honor these businesses and individuals for their exceptional involvement in ensuring that the arts thrive in their communities," said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. "They provide the arts with significant financial and in-kind support, and they incorporate meaningful arts-related programs into their employee, customer, and community relations activities – truly setting a standard for other businesses to follow."
 
Join us in celebrating these companies and their exceptional partnership with the arts by purchasing tickets, placing an ad in the BCA 10 journal, or sponsoring the gala celebration.
 

 

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2011 BCA Winning Law Firm, Baker Botts L.L.P., Says the Arts Are Essential

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2011 BCA Winning Law Firm, Baker Botts L.L.P., Says the Arts Are Essential

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

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