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Martha Ingram Receives Star on Nashville’s Walk of Fame

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Billionaire philanthropist, Nashville power player, and Americans for the Arts BCA Executive Board member Martha Ingram was presented with a star along the Music City Walk of Fame in downtown Nashville for championing the arts and music — particularly her role in rescuing the Nashville Symphony.

 

Inductees into the Walk of Fame are recognized for their contributions toward "preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and for contributing to the world through song or other industry collaboration."

 

City of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry said, “"I describe her as truly our guardian angel for our arts community.” In the press release, Mayor Barry shares, “Martha Ingram’s insistence that the arts are essential to a city’s success and her significant personal investments in our cultural landscape have transformed Nashville.”

 

Martha has often used her influence and ample funds to support music and the arts in Nashville, best-evidenced by a key loan to the Nashville Symphony during a financial crisis nearly five years ago. She was inducted along with Christian music star Amy Grant. They both join the likes of Johnny Cash, Jack White, Loretta Lynn and other musical stars.

 

Congratulations to Ms. Martha Ingram on her incredible honor.

 

Photo: Nashville Business Journal

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Engaging Employees Through the Arts is Good Business

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Engaging Employees Through the Arts is Good Business

Americans for the Arts knows that engaging business employees through volunteerism and the arts is key to fostering a desirable work environment, increasing efficiency and morale, and doing good in the community. For arts groups seeking to build deeper ties with the business community, offering to address the need to engage employees in their work can serve as a powerful tool and argument for why supporting the arts is a win-win for everyonethe company, its employees, your organization, and the entire community.

 

Americans for the Arts is thrilled to announce the release of the first three workbooks in a series dedicated to helping nonprofits start arts-based employee volunteer and engagement programs, including:

 

1.       The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville’s WorkCreative, an arts-based training program that brings arts into the workplace by engaging employees in hands-on creativity to stimulate communication, build teamwork, and spark innovation for effective business growth.

2.       ArtsWave’s CincySings, a corporate arts challenge that brings arts into the workplace by creating a friendly, amateur singing competition featuring choirs of Cincinnati-based company employees.

3.       Americans for the Arts Business Volunteers for the Arts®program, a pro bono consulting program for arts organizations that operates in several cities around the United States.

 

If you’re trying to make the case to businesses in your area that using the arts can engage their employees, check out our one-pager advocacy tools, Six Ways to Use the Arts to Boost Employee Engagement and The Arts Boost Employee Engagement. Learn from practitioners who’ve taken the plunge, and work with us or on your own to do the same in your communities! Learn more.

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