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Announcing our 2019 Arts and Business Partnership Awards Honorees!

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Announcing our 2019 Arts and Business Partnership Awards Honorees!

The BCA 10 awards program launched 15 years ago and since that time more than 150 companies have been recognized for their support of the arts through the program. In 2019, the program’s 15th anniversary year, Americans for the Arts is excited to be unveiling a new name and look for the awards which shall be known in future as the Arts and Business Partnership Awards.

 

The Arts and Business Partnership Award is a national recognition given annually to businesses that have mutually beneficial, innovative, and sustained partnerships with the arts. Each year, winners of this award are celebrated at the Arts and Business Partnership Awards Gala in New York City and become part of a network of like-minded businesses and leaders. These companies set the standard for excellence and serve as role models for others to follow.

 

For outstanding contributions, we also honor an individual arts-champion with the Leadership Award and an extraordinary collaboration between a business and its arts partner is awarded the David Rockefeller pARTnership Award.

 

The honorees and their partnerships are promoted nationally as exemplars in creating dynamic arts and business partnerships. We are honored to announce the awardees below.

 

David Machado Restaurants (Portland, OR)

Doyle Coffin Architecture (Ridgefield, CT)

Erie Insurance (Erie, PA)

Grounds for Thought (Bowling Green, OH)

Jiffy Lube of Indiana (Fort Wayne, IN)

Nokia Bell Labs (New Providence, NJ)

Northwestern Mutual (Milwaukee, WI)

Omaha Steaks (Omaha, NE)

The Marcus Corporation (Milwaukee, WI)

Warby Parker (New York, NY)

 

The recipients of the 2019 David Rockefeller pARTnership Award are Gensler + Access Gallery in Denver, CO.

 

Image: 2018 Leadership Award Winner Chandrika Tandon and Business Committee for the Arts Chair Edgar Smith

 

The Leadership Award goes to Michael Martella, President of Boar’s Head and Chairman of the Van Wezel Foundation.

 

“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. They enrich the lives of millions of Americans and truly set a standard for other businesses to follow.”

 

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Annoucing our 2019 Judges!

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Annoucing our 2019 Judges!

We are excited to share this year's esteemed judges for the BCA 10 Awards: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America. We are honored to have their expertise!

 

 

Toni Freeman

The Arts and Science Council (ASC)

 

Mark Hegedus

Magic Hat Brewery

 

Kate Marquez

Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance

 

Felicia Shaw

Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis

 

Ryan Williams

NBC

 

Every year, Americans for the Arts recognizes 10 businesses of all sizes for their exceptional involvement with the arts that enriches the workplace and the community. These companies set the standard for excellence and serve as role models for others to follow. We also honor an individual with the BCA Leadership Award and a partnership with the David Rockefeller Fund pARTnership Award.

 

Check back this Spring to meet our 2019 honorees!

 

The honorees will be celebrated a gala in New York City on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Central Park Boathouse.

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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.

 

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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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IKEA Partners with Artisan Refugees for New Line

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IKEA Partners with Artisan Refugees for New Line

IKEA announced that its Brooklyn store will have a new, exclusive line, created by Jordanian women and Syrian refugee artisans. In partnership with the Jordan River Foundation, it created the line TILLTALANDE, which features handmade products. The cushion covers and rugs weave together traditional techniques and modern styles.  

 

Jordan River Foundation was founded in 1995 to promote child safety and community empowerment. IKEA, the Swedish home furnishings giant, has been partnering with social entrepreneurs since 2012. With the founding of the IKEA Social Entrepreneur Initiative, the company has been collaborating with artisans and designers across the globe to promote economic empowerment, particularly for women. Together, IKEA and the Foundation have created jobs for more than 100 women, while also creating a unique line.

 

Check out this video on the process.

 

Photo: TILLTALANDE page, via IKEA

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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.

 

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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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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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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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NYC Business Provides World Class Platform for Youth Creativity

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NYC Business Provides World Class Platform for Youth Creativity

Everyone faces challenges; but not everyone has the tools to overcome them. What happens when companies provide resources and recognition to young people to work through these issues in creative, safe spaces? Change.

 

Scholastic Corporation, a New York-based publishing, education, and media company, hosts the yearly Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, recognizing youth creativity in the United States. By combining their company’s mission and their brand, Scholastic has created a powerful platform for New York City’s young artists.

 

The Scholastic Awards were created just three years after the company’s inception in 1920 with the aim of “enlarging the student’s concern for and understanding of today’s world,” and promoting “excellence in creative expression in all fields of learning, literature, and art.” Participants, ranging from grades 7 through 12, submit original works each year in art and writing categories such as architecture, painting, flash fiction, poetry, print making, and video game design. Prominent past award recipients include: Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, and Zac Posen.

 

Scholastic has attracted like-minded businesses, foundations, and scholarship partners at prestigious institutions like Parsons School of Design at the New School, School of Visual Art (SVA), and Purchase College SUNY, School of Art & Design. The New York Life Foundation Award, co-sponsored by the New York Life Foundation, recognizes “teens exploring issues of grief and bereavement in their creative work and provides six young artists and writers with $1,000 scholarships”. They also partner with major cultural institutions, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where they have showcased hundreds of works of art and writing by recipients of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This is the highest regional recognition, which selects works based on “originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal voice or vision.’’ New York City students submitted nearly 11,000 works for the 2017 awards, representing more than 300 schools from all five boroughs.

 

The Scholastic Awards are remarkable in their drive to encourage and elevate young artists who choose to work through challenging current events, politics, identity, and emotions. Scholastic Corporation is not only a literary and media company, but an institution that recognizes the importance of elevating young voices, art, community, and their company.

 

Winners of the 2018 awards will be announced this month.

 

Photo: Ghost Realm, Painting by Amadi Rubie, Grade 11, Age 16. Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, Oakland Gardens, NY


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