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BCA Leadership Award: Chandrika Tandon

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BCA Leadership Award: Chandrika Tandon

Chandrika Tandon will receive the Leadership Award at the BCA 10 Gala on October 2, 2018 in New York City. Click here to learn more about the BCA10.

 

"Since ancient times, art has had the ability to transform every sphere of life: people, communities, education -- I discovered my whole self when returning to music, and my life is far richer because of that. I wish the same transformative experience for others. There’s no better place to start this process than education -- we’ve only scratched the surface.”

                                                                                              

Chandrika Tandon is an expert on the intersection of business and the arts, as both the Founder and Chairman of Tandon Capital Associates, and as a Grammy-nominated singer.

 

Prior to founding her own financial advisory firm in 1992, Tandon was the first Indian-American woman to make partner at McKinsey and Company. With her first paycheck from McKinsey, she purchased a guitar and stereo system rather than a bed – and slept on the floor of her apartment. Music has always played an important part in her life, and it was not until she became successful in business that she rediscovered her craft.

 

After training to become a musician, she recorded her album, Soul Call, which was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Contemporary World Music. She has released four albums under her nonprofit label, Soul Chants Music, which donates all proceeds to support community building, education, the arts, and well-being.

 

In an interview with the NYU Steinhardt school, she explained her late dive into professional music: “Music is what I am; everything else is what I did.” When traveling around the world for business, Tandon found music to be a form of communication. In describing the various dimensions of business, music, and meditation, she commented: “They all inform each other; they all affect each other.”

 

Tandon has performed many benefit concerts to support organizations such as the Smithsonian, Lincoln Center, Wellness and Global Peace Initiatives, and the World Culture Festival. She will go on tour for her newest album, Shivoham – The Quest, in spring of 2019.

 

 9/11 Remembrance at Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, courtesy Chandrika Tandon

 

Chandrika and her husband, Ranjan, are also philanthropists, and have donated $100 million to the NYU School of Engineering. She remains heavily involved with NYU as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the President’s Global Council, and Chair of the NYU Tandon Engineering School, as well as serving on boards of the Stern Business School and Langone Health System. Tandon is also a former Dean’s Council Member at NYU Wagner School of Public Policy, where she trains leaders to impact public well-being. 

 

She serves on the Board of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, leading a major effort to attract new, diverse audiences, and chairing the Global Council. At Berklee School of Music, where she serves on the President’s Council, Berklee-Tandon Global Clinics connect underprivileged talent to distinguished faculty worldwide. As Chair of the Krishnamurthy Tandon Foundation, she has supported over 30 institutions which work in education, the arts, wellness, and community building.

 

As both a CEO and musician, Tandon has a unique understanding of the way business and the arts can influence each other, and how the intersections between the two can have a positive impact.

 

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BCA 10 Spotlight: Fosun International Shanghai CN (New York Office)

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BCA 10 Spotlight: Fosun International Shanghai CN (New York Office)

Americans for the Arts is excited to honor Fosun at the BCA 10 Gala on October 2, 2018 in New York City. Click here to learn more about the BCA10.

 

“Fosun has been a champion of the arts for many years, both domestically in the U.S. and abroad in Shanghai, the city of our headquarters. We believe that the arts have the power to change lives. We proudly make the arts accessible at our premier properties in the communities in which we operate. It is a driving force behind our business strategy as a leader in placemaking.”

–Wei Bo, New York Executive Chief Representative, Fosun International and Vice President, Fosun Hive

 

Fosun International, a family-focused multinational company, believes that the arts are vital to creating vibrant communities in which people want to live and work. Since the 2013 acquisition of its premier Lower Manhattan property, the 28 Liberty banking skyscraper, the company has embodied these beliefs. The 60-floor office tower was the first modern skyscraper built in Lower Manhattan and the original headquarters of Chase Manhattan Bank, under the leadership of Business Committee for the Arts Founder David Rockefeller. The property boasts a sprawling plaza and two public art pieces—the iconic sculpture “Group of Four Trees” by Jean Dubuffet and the “Sunken Garden” fountain by Isamu Noguchi, both of which enhance a space designed to bring the surrounding community together.

 

28 Liberty has served as an event space and workspace for many nonprofit arts organizations. For the past six years, Fosun has partnered with Sing for Hope at 28 Liberty, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing music to under-resourced New York City public schools, hospitals, and community centers. Each summer, 28 Liberty hosts the Sing for Hope Pianos program, during which pianos are created by teams of artists in a studio space within the building. The finished pianos are then debuted during a massive kick-off event for the public and displayed on the 28 Liberty plaza. At the end of the summer, the pianos are distributed around the city for a period of free play and eventually are sent to their permanent homes in NYC public schools.

 

More than 30 pianos gathered at 28 Liberty, courtesy of Fosun

 

In addition, 28 Liberty has hosted the inaugural NYC Math Festival in partnership with the National Museum of Mathematics; the River to River Festival and Workspace—an artist-in-residency program, both in collaboration with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; a free summer film series in partnership with the Alliance for Downtown New York; and Performa, the international visual arts biennial dedicated to exploring live performance. Year-round cultural programming offers opportunities for Fosun employees, employees of 28 Liberty tenant businesses, and the Lower Manhattan community to engage with and appreciate the arts.

 

To mark its 20th anniversary, Fosun founded The Fosun Foundation, which, among other charitable efforts, aims to promote the exchange of Chinese culture abroad. Fosun regularly celebrates Chinese arts and culture through festivals and events specifically for Fosun employees, including celebrations for the Autumn Harvest Festival and Lunar New Year.

 

With rotating exhibits and year-round cultural offerings, Fosun is proud to make 28 Liberty a hub for arts activity and accessibility.

 

Nominated by Sing for Hope

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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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Seeing High Seas: Art + Tech in Times Square

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Seeing High Seas: Art + Tech in Times Square

For tech giant Microsoft, partnering with the arts is nothing new. Since their BCA 10 honor in 2013, they have continued to collaborate with artists, including Mel Chin. The Queens Museum and No Longer Empty are hosting his exhibit Mel Chin: All Over the Place in the bright, bustling center of New York City. Here, tourists and art goers alike can step into Chin’s two-part multimedia works Wake (hosted by Times Square Arts) and Unmoored.

 

Among the mammoth installation of Wake’s animatronic Jenny Lind figurehead of the 19th century USS Nightingale and its skeleton, viewers can immerse (or submerge) themselves into the work with Unmoored. Together, Chin and Microsoft developed a mixed reality experience depicting New York City under water. Complete with different types of plankton, the imaginary water rises above the viewers when they don the Microsoft HoloLens – a potential glimpse into the future of the city.

 

According to Queens Museum, Chin’s work highlights “the natural environment, socioeconomic systems and injustice, the weight of lamentations as well as the lightness of humor to reveal truths” and uses different “disciplines that intersect in the artist’s politically charged work and demonstrate how art can promote social awareness and responsibility and reanimate curiosity.”

 

Through this partnership, Chin created a world where the past, present, and future collide.

 

Other businesses that collaborated on this project include Listen (a company that focuses on sound, strategy, and experiences), and Zengalt (the HoloLens team that focuses on museums).

 

Photo from Unmoorednyc.com

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PurePoint Financial Offices Display Local Artists

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PurePoint Financial Offices Display Local Artists

PurePoint Financial is a hybrid digital bank that launched in February 2017. Although it has only been around for a year and a half, it is already into its second art exhibit at its flagship Park Avenue location. With the aim of celebrating the community, PurePoint Financial has supported local artists who feature the New York City landscape and culture.

 

This week, it opened its new gallery, “Dance as Art: The New York Photography Project,” by Kevin Richardson. His work showcases dancers around the city, celebrating both their talent and the NYC environment.  

 

In 2017, PurePoint Financial displayed the photography of Rachel Neville, also a dance photographer. When she auctioned off some of her work, a portion of the proceeds went to Project LIFT, which is a program of New York Theater Ballet that provides access to children. PurePoint is making a matching contribution to the New York Philharmonics Very Young Composers program.

 

With the launch of the first exhibit, Maha Madain, Head of Marketing at PurePoint Financial said, “The art scene is part of New York. What better way to showcase our commitment to the community than being part of the community?”

 

Likewise, their office in Houston features work by Lynn Lane, the official photographer for the Houston Grand Opera and Alley Theatre.

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JetBlue Showing #NonstopPride

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JetBlue Showing #NonstopPride

JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline. With a strong New York representation amongst staff and with one of the leading resource groups for LGBT workplaces, JetPride, it was an easy connection for the airline to partner with New York Gay Men’s Chorus. They first announced their partnership in 2017 and are continuing their support of #NonstopPride.

 

Founded in 1980, it has grown into a successful chorus with over 260 members from diverse backgrounds and ages, and is a member of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses, Inc. Over the years, they have performed at corporate events to concerts and television shows with high-profile singers and orchestras.

 

In addition to supporting NYCGMC, JetBlue is also a supporting of The Center (The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center), Stonewall In Gives Back Initiative, and other Pride events throughout the country.

 

Photo: Businesswire

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Law Firm uses Art to Celebrate Pride Month

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Law Firm uses Art to Celebrate Pride Month

For the 12th year, Clifford Chance Arcus Americas is formally celebrating Gay Pride Month through art. This year, there will be art exhibits celebrating the LGBT+ and allies community in New York and Washington, DC in an exhibition entitled, Marks of Resistance. Itwill open in New York and DC on June 20 and 21, respectively, and will remain on view until September 21.  

 

Marks of Resistance includes artwork with a wide range of creative practices that emphasize presence and visibility as a form of political resistance. Works span diverse media and forms: portraiture—of queer people, places and archives that reify cultural memory and demand our attention—and abstract works that articulate identity, personhood and presence through slight or cumulative marks, color and materials.”

 

By exhibiting art by LGBT+ artists, Clifford Chance is able to embrace diversity and foster a supportive, inclusive work environment.  Arcus Allies, the LGBT+ network group, has been expanding its Gay Pride Month programming over the years. While the parallel exhibits of Marks of Resistance will be held in NYC and DC, there will also be works displayed in nine other offices: Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Perth, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo. Since 2016, they have increased the number of participating offices by two.

 

Marks of Resistance artists include: Nancy Brooks Brody, Antonius Bui, Heather Cox, Florence Derive, Edie Fake, Lola Flash, Adrienne Gaither, Daniel Marcellus Givens, Eric Gyamfi, Lenn Keller, Wayne Koestenbaum, Larry Mantello, Signe Olson, Allison Michael Orenstein, Mickalene Thomas and Conrad Ventur.

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eBay, Public Art Fund, and Ai Weiwei Come Together to Support Refugees

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eBay, Public Art Fund, and Ai Weiwei Come Together to Support Refugees

On June 20, World Refugee Day, eBay will release a series of exclusive works through a partnership with Public Art Fund and artist/activist Ai Weiwei. 500 editions of six banners bearing portraits of refugees will go on sale for $750 each. These pieces come from his exhibition Good Fences Make Good Neighbors in NYC, a multi-faceted, 300+ pieces installation that included portraits from the nineteenth century to today. In partnership with Public Art Fund, the display ran for five months throughout all five boroughs of New York City.

 

The artist said: “The work is directly related to the history of human migration and aims to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis happening today. It is a reminder of the artist's responsibility to defend the understanding that all humans share the same meaning of life. I have always believed that to be the foundation of our aesthetic practice."

 

Sam Bright, Senior Director of Art & Collectibles at eBay stated, "we're thrilled to continue our partnership with the Public Art Fund and Ai Weiwei to exclusively give our 171 million active buyers a chance to own limited artworks for an important cause. This special sale furthers our mission to use the power of our platform to impact significant causes, benefiting two essential organizations supporting refugees." Through the company’s platform eBay for Charity, all proceeds from the sales will go to Public Art Fund, which will make a donation to USA for UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Regufees) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

 

In addition to his compelling work, Ai Weiwei is known for his human rights and social justice activism. He will be honored for his Outstanding Contributions to the Arts at Americans for the Art’s 2018 National Arts Awards in October.

 

Photo: Artist Ai Weiwei with artworks: Banner 51, Banner 2, Banner 13, Banner 200, Banner 90, Banner 50; CNC laser cut vinyl 17” x 48.” Courtesy, Public Art Fund, NY.

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Sing for Hope Pianos

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Sing for Hope Pianos

Sing for Hope, the nation’s largest recurring public art project, is launching the 2018 Sing for Hope Pianos on Monday, June 4. In partnership with Fosun, a 2018 BCA 10 winner, all 51 pianos will be on display at 28 Liberty Plaza (formerly One Chase Manhattan Plaza).

 

The pianos are created through the Fosun Artist in Residency program and are then placed around the five boroughs throughout the summer. Come fall, the pianos will be donated to public schools.

 

This year, there will be a roving piano, in partnership with MINI USA. Together, they will create a custom MINI Countryman, also known as the #MINIPiano. This car will be modified as the 51st piano that will be #DrivingHope throughout the city.

 

Be on the lookout for pianos across the boroughs! Check out the artists and map here.

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360 Degrees of Dance, Design, and Technology

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360 Degrees of Dance, Design, and Technology

Last week, Barney’s New York, Samsung Electronics America, and Martha Graham Dance Company unveiled the new Window on Madison Ave. Combining fashion, tech, and art, the display offers passersby, shoppers, and art enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the world-renowned Martha Graham Dance Company in a piece choreographed by Cynthia Stanley. Stanley’s Husband Theo Stanley of Harbor Picture Company directed “Mantle.”

 

The piece features eight current and former Martha Graham Dancers, wearing exclusive pieces by noted designers Craig Green, Lowe, Prabal Gurung, Rick Owens, and the Row. In addition to showcases the dancers, choreographers, and the fashion, “Mantle” is also providing people the opportunity to experience something through Virtual Reality. Using Oculus VR headsets, audiences can explore the dancers and the designs from a new perspective.

 

Together, these businesses and the arts are proving that the intersection between industries helps reach new customers and admirers.

 

Photo credit: Current and former Martha Graham Dancers in "Mantle," photo by Theo Stanley

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