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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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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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BCA 10 Spotlight: Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri

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BCA 10 Spotlight: Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri

At Hallmark Cards, art is an essential component of the company’s DNA. From its founding in the early 20th century, Hallmark has fostered creative environments both inside and outside the workplace, and has been particularly instrumental in building the arts and culture community in Kansas City, Missouri, where the company is headquartered. Since the 1970s, Hallmark has contributed over $35 million in cash contributions to all of the major visual and performing arts organizations in the Kansas City area, including The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

 

Beyond financial contributions, Hallmark displays a deep commitment to the arts through a number of arts-related initiatives. As early as 1940, Hallmark instituted a visiting artist program that continues today, bringing artists into the workplace to give presentations and hold workshops for employees. In 1969, Hallmark initiated the Kaleidoscope program, which has provided free creative art experiences to more than 8 million children and their families.

 

In addition , Hallmark has one of the earliest and most extensive corporate art collections in the United States. From 1949 to 1960, Hallmark sponsored the International Art Awards, instituted by Hallmark founder J.C. Hall to, in his own words, “sponsor a ‘laboratory of fine art’ in which artists would give their imaginations free rein and from which would come ideas to stimulate and inspire the world of design. Thus we could express the deep gratitude of Hallmark Cards to living painters everywhere for their constant elevation of the public’s taste.” These works became the genesis of today’s Hallmark Art Collection, which now contains over 4,000 pieces by over 1,000 artists, including Alexander Calder, Barbara Kruger, Norman Rockwell and Kehinde Wiley. Many notable pieces are displayed at Hallmark’s headquarters in Kansas City, providing fuel for inspiration and creativity among employees.  

 

As a company dedicated to making cards for every life occasion, Hallmark values employees with unique artistic talents who are devoted to aesthetics and beauty. Hallmark’s internal creative staff is composed of over 900 members with different artistic talents, including designers, stylists, illustrators, writers, editors, calligraphers, web designers and photographers, who serve the company’s creative needs. Since 2010, Hallmark has held an annual artist’s fair, displaying the work of its staff artists as a way to celebrate their creativity and show the public the depth of talent that exists within the Hallmark family.

 

A significant portion of the estimated 48,000 volunteer hours Hallmark employees contribute to the community each year serves arts and culture organizations. These range from jazz museums and choral groups to dance troupes and improvisational theater, in addition to the Kansas City region’s high profile arts organizations. Hallmark encourages employee volunteerism through its VIP (Volunteer Involvement Pays) program, which awards a cash grant of up to $400 a year to nonprofit organizations, many arts groups among them, as a way to recognize employee commitment to volunteer service.

 

Hallmark’s cultivation of art and arts programming reflect the company’s regard for the arts as the key to human inspiration and creativity. A truly creative company at its core, Hallmark’s dedication to the arts both internally and externally reflects its passion for and belief in the power of the arts. 

 

Photo: Don Ipock. Daniel Beaty as Paul Robeson in Tallest Tree in the Forest at Kansas City Repertory Theatre.  Hallmark supports the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, as well as all of Kansas City’s major performing arts organizations, with financial and volunteer support as well as an employee ticket match program.

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