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Link Between Arts Education and Entrepreneurship?

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Link Between Arts Education and Entrepreneurship?

(Macy's supports the Adopt-a-School program of the St. Louis Symphony, which is a partnership between the orchestra and area schools featuring regular classroom visits from orchestra musicians and provides free ticket's to the symphpony's education concerts; photo courtesy of Macy's.)

 

A study from Michigan State University found a strong connection between childhood arts education and business ventures later in life. The findings were so surprising that researchers concluded that not only was there a link, but that arts and crafts in youth development are actually critical to economic innovation. This research is powerful evidence that could disprove the commonly held theory that the arts are merely an extra-curricular for students and thus easy to add or cut. 

 

Rex Lamore, one of the lead authors of this study and Director of the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development, met with Michigan Public Radio to give a short preview of the study’s full findings and implications it has for the future of our country’s economic growth if the arts continue to be cut out of schools. In sum, here are the four powerful results the study uncovered:

 

  • Students who major in STEM subjects are more likely to have arts experience and background than the average American
  • Arts and crafts skills are “significantly correlated” with creating new, patentable, inventions and new business ventures
  • The majority of innovators directly connect their ability to an arts or crafts background
  • A lifelong exposure and interaction with the arts will yield the largest results for those in science, engineering, and other innovative positions

 

Listen to the full interview at MichiganRadio.org.

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services' 15th Annual Experiencing Perspectives Art Exhibition

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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:

 

Website: www.mbfs-art.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mymbfs
Twitter: @MercedesBenzFS #mbfsART
Instagram: #mbfsART

Chrysler, Ford and GM Pledge to Save Detroit's Cultural Assets

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Chrysler, Ford and GM Pledge to Save Detroit's Cultural Assets

(Photo courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts.)

 

Detroit's automakers are banding together to save the city's cultural treasures from going to auction. General Motors, Ford and Chrysler have pledged a combined total of $26 million to help support retiree pensions and keep city-owned pieces from the Detroit Institute of Arts off the auction block as some creditors demand they be sold to pay off some of Detroit's billions in debt. The pledge from the "big three" is central to the city's $800 million fundraising plan to emerge from bankruptcy later this year. These companies recognize that partnering with the arts means partnering with the whole city, particularly in times of need. Read the full article at the New York Times.

 

Detroit Automakers Pledge $26 Million to Help Save City’s Art

 

“While it is our duty to focus on the revival of this city, it is equally crucial to cherish the treasures the city already offers – not just for ourselves, but for the generations that will follow. The Detroit Institute of Arts is a cultural treasure that enriches the human spirit, while offering us a chance to contemplate what humanity has achieved and what we aspire to create in the future.”

 

-Sergio Marchionne, chairman and CEO, Chrysler Group LLC

“While it is our duty to focus on the revival of this city, it is equally crucial to cherish the treasures the city already offers – not just for ourselves, but for the generations that will follow,” said Sergio Marchionne, chairman and CEO, Chrysler Group LLC. “The Detroit Institute of Arts is a cultural treasure that enriches the human spirit, while offering us a chance to contemplate what humanity has achieved and what we aspire to create in the future.” - See more at: http://www.dia.org/news/1625/Chrysler-Group,-Ford,-and-General-Motors-and-General-Motors-Foundation-pledge-$26-million-towards-the-Detroit-Institute-of-Arts-$100-million-commitment-to-the-Grand-Bargain.aspx#sthash.xSMXOIad.dpuf

 

“While it is our duty to focus on the revival of this city, it is equally crucial to cherish the treasures the city already offers – not just for ourselves, but for the generations that will follow,” said Sergio Marchionne, chairman and CEO, Chrysler Group LLC. “The Detroit Institute of Arts is a cultural treasure that enriches the human spirit, while offering us a chance to contemplate what humanity has achieved and what we aspire to create in the future.” - See more at: http://www.dia.org/news/1625/Chrysler-Group,-Ford,-and-General-Motors-and-General-Motors-Foundation-pledge-$26-million-towards-the-Detroit-Institute-of-Arts-$100-million-commitment-to-the-Grand-Bargain.aspx#sthash.xSMXOIad.dpuf

Chrysler Evokes Car-eativity with New Design Competition for High School Students

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Chrysler Evokes Car-eativity with New Design Competition for High School Students

Chrysler, one of Detroit’s most notable “exports”, is expanding their cultural outreach initiatives through a new design competition for high school students.  The 'Autorama High School Design Competition 2013', currently accepting submissions, gives students the opportunity to explore their creativity and ingenuity by designing a future luxury Chrysler brand vehicle envisioned for the year 2030.  The mission of the competition is not only to promote charity (all proceeds benefit the United Way), but also to celebrate Detroit’s colorful heritage and engage local youths. 

 

"This year our product design team has been looking at creative ways to further support United Way for Southeastern Michigan as part of our overall corporate initiatives to help improve lives for people and communities in need," said Ralph Gilles, Senior Vice President - Product Design, Chrysler Group LLC. "With additional help from the College for Creative Studies and one of the best custom car shows in the world-our own Detroit Autorama-we'll hopefully inspire some new and aspiring automotive designers right here in our own backyard."

 

A panel of judges, including designers from the Chrysler Group Product Design Office, faculty from the College of Creative Studies and staff from the Detroit Autorama, will choose the winning design.  Prizes include scholarships, a tour of Chrysler Group's Product Design Office, free automotive design courses at the College of Creative Studies, passes to the Detroit Autorama, and iPads. 

 

For more information on submission requirements and participation deadline, visit media.chrysler.com.

Greater Lansing's Art in the Sky

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Greater Lansing's Art in the Sky

Driving around Greater Lansing, MI, commuters may be surprised to discover 672-square-foot works of art on area billboards that normally carry advertising.

These artful billboards can be found in the sky along the highways leading into Michigan’s capitol city, near highly trafficked shopping centers, and outside local neighborhoods, all transforming traditional advertising spaces into an artful visual display.

 

These billboards, which were all launched as an initiative to bring art to the masses via the medium of outdoor advertising, is made possible through a program called Art In The Sky, a unique partnership between the Arts Council of Greater Lansing and local advertising company, Adams Outdoor Advertising, highlighting the local arts community.

 

Debuting in March 2011, Art In The Sky billboards have been installed in various locations around the Greater Lansing region. To date, Adams Outdoor has donated space to local artists, each of whom have received an Individual Artist Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. A panel of peer reviewers selected the artists’ respective applications to receive funding for a specific arts project with a local public component. Grantees were selected on artistic merit and the potential impact of their public project upon the community.

 

To participate in the Art In The Sky program, grantees are given the opportunity to have one of their artworks produced into a 14’ x 28’ vinyl billboard. The arts council coordinates those who want to participate and prepares the images for production, with each billboard being standardized to offer brand consistency.

 

Adams Outdoor produces the large vinyl image, stores it, and installs it at locations that are not currently being occupied by a client. Through Adams Outdoor’s generosity, and a financial subsidy from the arts council, artist participants only pay $100 for their billboard.

Once produced, billboards may be in rotation for up to two years, initially installed outside of the county to attract visitors, and are then moved periodically to different locations throughout the Greater Lansing region on an as-available basis by Adams.

 

To date, nine vinyl billboards are in rotation, each featuring a different Individual Artist Grantee’s work. The billboards are visually attractive, and have helped raise awareness about the artistic talent in the region. The billboards have also created temporary outdoor “public art” in places where vacant billboards might once have stood. The result has been a win-win-win for all involved—the arts council, Adams Outdoor, and each of the local artists.

 

Additionally, the Art In The Sky program also serves to support the work of the arts council and its implementation of its regional cultural economic development plan titled: Arts Works: A Collaborative Cultural Economic Development Plan for Greater Lansing’s Urban Center.

 

This plan, launched in 2009, includes strategies to work collaborative with area partners to grow creative enterprise, integrate the arts into regional placemaking initiatives, and support the regional business community in attracting and retaining talent by highlighting our vast arts and cultural amenities.

 

Through the partnership with Adams Outdoor, the Art In The Sky program touches upon each of these strategies by creating awareness of our local artists in an effort to build and sustain their creative businesses, and by supporting the community-at-large by offering “public art” that defines place and attracts business and visitors to our region.

 

Through these and other great community partnerships, we know we are well on our way to becoming the Midwest’s most welcoming and supportive destination for creative innovators and entrepreneurs—and we are having lots on fun along the way.

 

This blog was originally posted on ARTSblog.

 

*A billboard by artist Barb Hranilovich.

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