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BCA 10 Spotlight: AC Entertainment in Knoxville, Tennessee

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BCA 10 Spotlight: AC Entertainment in Knoxville, Tennessee

Known as one of the foremost concert promoters and festival producers in the United States, AC Entertainment celebrates the arts by bringing first-class live entertainment experiences to music lovers from around the world. Founded in 1991, AC Entertainment now produces over 700 concerts, events and festivals annually and has become a household name in the music and arts industries. The company also manages the historic Tennessee and Bijou Theaters in its headquarters of Knoxville; a second office is located in Nashville. As AC Entertainment has become a key player in these communities, supporting the arts—even beyond producing concerts and festivals—has become intertwined with the company’s core objectives.

 

AC Entertainment’s biggest annual festivals include Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Forecastle Music & Arts Festival and Big Ears. Each of these festivals has a meaningful philanthropic component, and attracts tens of thousands of patrons, exposing them to hundreds of musical performances and arts displays in unique settings throughout the US—redefining what an arts experience can be.

 

AC Entertainment’s most acclaimed event, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, which the company co-founded, co-owns and co-produces with Superfly Presents, is known as the largest camping music event in North America and was listed in Rolling Stone’s “50 Moments that Changed the History of Rock & Roll.” The Bonnaroo Works Fund (BWF), the charitable division of the festival, supports organizations with a mission of making communities healthy in the areas of arts, education, and environmental sustainability, with the goal of local reinvestment and asset building. Since the inception of the festival, the BWF has given back upwards of $5 million to support the efforts of approximately 100 charitable causes. $2 from each ticket sold is dedicated to charitable giving. In 2013, the BWF allocated more than $360,000 to 20+ deserving organizations, with approximately one-third of the total designated to programs advancing the arts. AC Entertainment also donates dozens of tickets from each event to a variety of groups and causes.

 

AC Entertainment often constructs outdoor venues and creative situations to showcase art associated with its festivals and special events. The company has supported a series of skylight visual art displays at the Nashville International Airport as part of Arts at the Airport, a program designed to turn the terminal and surrounding facilities into a space for rotating public art exhibits and permanent acquisitions.

 

The arts are the fabric of AC Entertainment’s operations and company culture, and play a large role in recruitment and retention of employees. CEO Ashley Capps sits on the Board of Directors of the Americana Music Association, the David Lynch Foundation and Visit Knoxville, and the Board of Advisors for Eventbrite. In order to keep improving the AC Entertainment experiences, Capps and several key employees continue to develop strong relationships with both business and government leaders in the towns, cities and states that the company serves in order to promote the value of the arts.

 

Photo: Forecastle Music & Arts Festival

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BCA 10 Spotlight: Scholastic Inc., New York City

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BCA 10 Spotlight: Scholastic Inc., New York City

Creative, innovative thinking, the hallmark of artists and writers, is fundamental to building economic strength, and new and better ways of seeing the world. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards validates the creativity of students in their teens to encourage them on a path to contribute great ideas that will benefit society.

-Dick Robinson, President and CEO, Scholastic Inc.

 

For more than 90 years, Scholastic Inc., through financial support, in-kind donations, pro-bono services, and employee volunteer hours, has contributed to the literary talents, artistic works, and recognition of children and teens. As the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, Scholastic has contributed tens of millions of dollars to the arts since the company was founded in 1920. Scholastic further encourages a love of reading, writing and art in areas of need by donating millions of books and resources through book grants. The company received a 2013 BCA 10 Award, nominated by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

 

In 1923, just three years after founding Scholastic, Maurice R. Robinson created the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to recognize the exceptional creative talents of our nation’s youth. Mr. Robinson firmly believed it was important “to give those high school students who demonstrate superior talent and achievement in things of the spirit and of the mind at least a fraction of the honors and rewards accorded to their athletic classmates for demonstrating their bodily skills.”

 

Scholastic ran the Awards in-house until 1994, when a committed board of directors was assembled to start the nonprofit organization Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, which broadened the scope of the program and raised more money for scholarships. Teens nationwide have submitted more than 900,000 original works, and more than $45 million in scholarships has been earmarked for top regional and national Awards winners by partnering colleges. Scholastic has published several novels by teen writers discovered through the Awards and a number of winners have gone on to successful publishing careers, many of them with Scholastic.

 

Each year in the program’s history, Scholastic employees have donated hundreds of thousands of hours to the Arts & Writing Awards. From the very first year and continuing to today, they give their time and expertise by judging art and writing submissions, as well as providing operational, technical, legal, and public relations support. In 2012 alone, more than 150 employees volunteered their time to regional and national judging. More volunteers assist in the production of the Awards ceremony, held each year at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Scholastic has received tremendously positive feedback from staff involvement with the Alliance, finding that the partnership acts as a great tool to keep employees engaged in the workplace. Scholastic’s headquarters in New York City is lined with a collection of student artwork and the lobby of the building houses a rotating exhibition of current award-winning student work.

 

Beyond the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the company believes in the power of art to inspire children to further their literacy skills and embrace reading. This is embodied in the company’s global literacy campaign to support every child’s right to read, Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life., which includes engaging renowned children’s illustrators to create their artistic interpretation of the campaign message through posters.

 

Photo: National Portfolio Gold Medalists at Carnegie Hall with Alliance for Young Artists & Writers Executive Director Virginia McEnerney and special guests, Zac Posen, Terrance Hayes, Usher, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

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BCA 10 Spotlight: Duke Energy in Charlotte, North Carolina

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BCA 10 Spotlight: Duke Energy in Charlotte, North Carolina

Duke Energy is committed to supporting the vitality of the communities we serve. That includes introducing our young people to the arts at an early age—study after study shows that children benefit immensely from exposure to the arts. Investing in the arts makes good sense, for our business and for our communities.

–Lynn Good, Vice Chair and CEO, Duke Energy

 

For more than 100 years, Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States, has acted with the belief that providing access to and building an appreciation for the arts can have a powerful impact on the communities it serves.

 

As a true testament to Duke Energy’s appreciation of the arts, in 2010 the company moved its headquarters to the Levine Center for the Arts complex, one of Charlotte’s key cultural destinations. Duke Energy contributed $5 million toward the Levine Center’s construction and provided the Arts & Science Council with an $83 million endowment to fund operations. The Levine Center is home to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, the John S. and James L. Knight Theater, and Mint Museum Uptown. In addition, Duke Energy’s support of The Mint Museum of Craft + Design resulted in the creation of the Duke Energy gallery at the museum.

 

In 2009, Duke Energy was recognized by Americans for the Arts as a BCA 10 honoree. That year, the company forged a partnership with the Charlotte Symphony (CSO) and Opera Carolina to create The Duke Energy Power of Music Opera/Symphony Partnership with a gift of $150,000. The grant enabled Opera Carolina and the CSO to continue a partnership that has provided live music for opera productions in Charlotte for more than 60 years.

 

In 2013, when arts organizations in Charlotte were experiencing a significant decline in funding support, the Duke Energy Foundation committed $10 million to the Foundation for the Carolinas’ THRIVE Fund, which was established to provide financial stability for Charlotte’s arts and culture sector.

 

In Raleigh, Duke Energy has naming rights for the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center, and in recent years, has annually provided more than $500,000 in grants to the North Carolina Symphony, Carolina Ballet, North Carolina Opera, North Carolina Theatre, and Pinecone. In Florida, a $50,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation enabled the Florida Orchestra to create new youth concerts and launch Classical Kids, providing free tickets for youth from underrepresented communities. In Cincinnati, Duke Energy is the title sponsor of the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, which has consistently ranked in the top 10 children’s museums in the world.

 

Working under the banner “Duke Energy In Action,” Duke Energy employees and retirees regularly volunteer for charitable projects and participate in the company’s contribution matching program. The company also involves its employees in its workplace giving campaigns. For more than 20 years, Duke Energy has ranked among the top 10 ArtsWave campaign contributors in the Greater Cincinnati area.

 

Photo: A performance of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Raleigh-based North Carolina Theater where Duke Energy funding supports program excellence and education. Duke Energy has supported the North Carolina Theater since 2006.

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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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BCA 10 Spotlight: Bacardi in Coral Gables, Florida

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BCA 10 Spotlight: Bacardi in Coral Gables, Florida

Supporting the arts within the cities and towns where we live and work is our way of giving back at Bacardi. This sense of corporate responsibility has been at our foundation since the Bacardi company was created more than 151 years ago.  Arts programming enriches the lives of our employees and their families, our neighbors, and our business partners. The realm of the arts crosses borders and languages to bring all people together in the name of beauty, knowledge and community.

-Robert Furniss-Roe, Regional President, Bacardi North America

 

Since its founding in Santiago de Cuba in 1862, Bacardi has shown a strong commitment to the arts in the communities in which its employees live and work. The company believes exposure to the arts stimulates inquisitiveness and creativity. The Coral Gables Museum, which shares its hometown with the Bacardi Americas headquarters, nominated the company for the 2013 BCA 10 Award.

 

Supporting both visual and performing arts, Bacardi contributes cash and in-kind gifts including beverages, raffle prize items, and marketing and advertising for gallery openings and events.  In 2012, the company designated a significant portion of its philanthropic giving to the arts.

 

The Bacardi commitment to the arts is evident in its corporate offices and corporate culture. In its main office in the United States, Bacardi has a workplace art collection focused on Latin American and Caribbean art, which it displays in public spaces, hallways and collaboration areas for employees to enjoy. Working to expose employees to partnering arts organizations, Bacardi holds company meetings and press events at local arts venues and regularly offers employees tickets to exhibitions, shows, concerts, and award dinners at organizations the company sponsors.

 

The iconic brands in the Bacardi portfolio have partnered with the arts, as well. The brands often coordinate design competitions that attract well-known designers and students alike. Winning designs are exhibited and often included in national ad campaigns and other promotional materials. The Bacardi brand of BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin developed a design and film competition called “Artisan Series,” a nationwide search that aims to spot the next big names in the visual arts. The competition brought in more than 3,000 submissions in its second year, and the 2012 winner was exhibited at Art Basel in Miami.

 

Bacardi utilizes partnerships with arts organizations as a way to reach its core audience. Through a partnership with the Coral Gables Museum, Bacardi spearheaded an exhibition called “Building Bacardi: Architecture, Art and Identity.” Curated by Allan Shulman, professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Miami, the exhibit tells the story of Bacardi through the lens of the architecture and artworks it has commissioned and championed over a century and a half. Bacardi also identifies opportunities to support arts activities through marketing efforts, including music, documentary, painting, and dance.

 

Photo: Jessica Busse Lastra, a Bacardi USA team member, leading an art class at Abriendo Puertas, a food canteen in Little Havana with programs for youth and elderly.

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BCA 10 Spotlight: Microsoft in Redmond, Washington

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BCA 10 Spotlight: Microsoft in Redmond, Washington

Microsoft is honored to support arts and culture organizations across the U.S. and around the world, which provide so much richness to all of our communities.

-Lori Harnick, General Manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft

 

Microsoft’s long-standing commitment to support arts and culture includes donations totaling $353 million in cash and software to arts organizations since 1995. Through direct grants, in-kind donations, employee giving, matching programs, and volunteerism, Microsoft contributed $44 million to the arts in 2012 alone. The company received a 2013 BCA 10 award, nominated by ArtsFund.

 

In Washington State, Microsoft works to strengthen communities and improve the quality of life for current and future citizens—including its 40,000 employees there—by making the arts one of the company’s top four priority areas of investment. The company believes that excellent, diverse, and accessible programming in the visual and performing arts, and high-quality public television and radio programming are essential for vibrant communities.

 

Giving and volunteerism is an integral part of Microsoft’s culture, thanks in part to an employee giving program that provides a dollar for dollar company match for contributions and a $17 per hour match for volunteer work to eligible organizations. Through this program, U.S. Microsoft employees gave more than $105 million and volunteered more than 480,000 hours in 2012, $7.5 million of which were in volunteer matching funds distributed to U.S. nonprofits.

 

In 1987, Microsoft began a workplace art collection whose mission was to create an inspiring work environment that fosters creativity and innovation. Today, this collection supports the mission through employee programming and collection stewardship practices designed to reflect and advance Microsoft’s culture, values, and corporate citizenship. Housed in 180 buildings around the world, the collection has expanded to include almost 5,000 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photographs, ceramics, studio glass, and multimedia works.   

 

Microsoft is helping to increase access to arts education around the world through the company-wide initiative Microsoft YouthSpark, which creates opportunities for hundreds of millions of young people around the world to further their education, including arts education, gain employment, or start a business. In addition, arts and culture is one of the key project themes supported and promoted on Microsoft’s micro-giving portal, Give for Youth, focused solely on supporting youth globally via giving for youth causes. 

 

Photo: Spock, Kirk, and McCoy Beaming-In (In-Between), 2007-2008, by artist Devorah Sperber, acquired by Microsoft in 2009.

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BCA 10 Spotlight: Yum! Brands in Louisville, Kentucky

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BCA 10 Spotlight: Yum! Brands in Louisville, Kentucky

At Yum! Brands, we believe in the power of the arts to educate, inspire and empower all students, especially those who are classified as ‘at-risk’.  Working with our local Fund for Arts organization we created the Yum! Family Series to leverage the arts and make a difference in the lives of children in our community.

- Jonathan Blum, Chief Public Affairs Officer, Yum! Brands Inc.

 

Believing a diverse and energetic city helps to attract and retain top talent from all over the world, Yum! Brands, Inc. is a strong supporter of the arts in Louisville, KY. In addition to annually donating more than $700,000 to local arts organizations, Yum! also provides marketing and advertising support, and pro-bono leadership and expertise to the organizations receiving support from the Yum! Brands Foundation. The company received a 2013 BCA 10 Award, nominated by Fund for the Arts.

 

The most significant arts-related project supported by the company is the Yum! Family Series, which provides family-friendly programming through a partnership with the Funds for the Arts and seven local arts organizations. Initiated by Yum! Brands to encourage family-friendly arts programming and to promote greater access to the arts, the program allows families outside of the company to experience arts programs at a greatly reduced cost. The sponsorship offers a broad range of families access to the arts, particularly those individuals who would not otherwise have an opportunity because of economic disadvantage.

 

With an emphasis on education, programs of the Yum! Family Series provide field trip opportunities for local students. Some programs also include student performers and provide high-level training in orchestra, theatre, choir, and performing arts. The Yum! Family series also provides quality after-school programs for at-risk youth through after-school tutoring, theatre, and choir programs.

 

Yum! Brands also incorporates the arts into the company’s culture by encouraging employees who are passionate about the arts to get involved, allowing them time off to do so. The company also generously matches employee gifts to the arts on a dollar for dollar basis, and provides board support on behalf of employees serving on local arts and culture boards. In 2013, Yum! Brands launched a global volunteer program to promote volunteerism in local communities. Within this new program, if an employee team partners with an arts organization and wins the company competition, the partner organization receives an unrestricted grant.

 

Bringing the arts into the office, the company occasionally hosts team building events that incorporate an artistic component, knowing it allows employees to truly tap into their personal creativity and bring that back to the business. Yum! Brands is also proud to have a corporate band that is part of the culture team and is highlighted at monthly meetings and events. Opportunities to support and engage with the local arts are communicated regularly to employees.  All employees of Yum! Brands are encouraged to take advantage of the many arts performances and exhibits available in their local communities.

 

Photo: Louisville Youth Choir, which provides choral training to over 200 youth. The children are captured performing at the Grand Ole Opry.

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BCA 10 Spotlight: Turner Broadcasting System in Atlanta, Georgia

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BCA 10 Spotlight: Turner Broadcasting System in Atlanta, Georgia

Turner Voices, our company’s signature corporate philanthropy program, marries our deep ties to our Atlanta hometown with our commitment to next-generation storytellers and their power to impact our community in profoundly positive ways.”

-Phil Kent, CEO and Chairman, Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc.

 

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. believes that a community filled with the arts fosters creativity in the workplace and drives business. With creativity and innovation at the forefront of the company’s focus, Turner Broadcasting makes the arts a top priority. The company is working to make Atlanta, home to Turner Broadcasting headquarters, a creative city by supporting a wide range of nonprofit organizations that involve emerging works, artists, and programming. The company received a 2013 BCA 10 Award, nominated by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs.

 

Dedicating 50% of its philanthropic support to the arts, Turner Broadcasting has made more than $25 million in financial contributions over the last 19 years, and regularly gives back through volunteerism, in-kind gifts, and promotions.  Recognizing the skills of its employees as major assets for both the company and the community, Turner Broadcasting strategically utilizes its personnel to work with area arts organizations with the goal of creating change and making a difference. As an example, Turner Studios has partnered with arts organizations to create public service announcements, helping with fundraising and promotions on local television networks. Turner also promotes its nonprofit partner organizations’ upcoming shows and offers discounts to its thousands of employees.

 

Turner Broadcasting invests significant time, effort, and resources to help employees interact with the arts. The company consistently brings the arts to its main campus for employees’ enjoyment.  Turner has hosted performances from the Atlanta Symphony, guest speakers from the “Atlanta Celebrates Photography” exhibit, and an annual holiday performance by local theatre groups.  Turner also holds employee events and outings at area arts organizations and uses artwork from VSA Arts of Georgia to line the hallways of its headquarters. For the past four years, Turner has held a holiday art fair for VSA Arts, selling artwork from disabled or economically disadvantaged artists. The company has also contracted with arts organizations for skills-based trainings that improve team building and creativity among employees.

 

Volunteerism is a large focus in the Turner Broadcasting culture. Each employee receives 40 hours paid time off annually to volunteer. The company actively seeks volunteer opportunities with its arts partners, promoting them to employees through daily e-mails. Through a board placement program, the company offers training in nonprofit board service and matches each participant with an area organization. Once an employee has given 30 hours of volunteer service to an arts organization, Turner will provide up to $500 from its Volunteer Grants Program. The company also has a Matching Grants Program, matching each employee’s contribution to arts organizations and other qualified nonprofits.

 

Turner creates true partnerships with arts organizations, meeting with them regularly to review the most strategic ways in which they can help each other. The company is proactive in supporting and creating arts-related activities and focuses a great deal on innovation, experimental art and programs that help area youth.

 

Photo: Students from Atlanta Public Schools enjoying the Turner-supported City of Atlanta’s Cultural Experience Project

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It’s a Celebration! The 2017 BCA 10 Gala: Best Businesses That Partner with the Arts

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It’s a Celebration! The 2017 BCA 10 Gala: Best Businesses That Partner with the Arts

On October 11th, business and arts leaders gathered at the iconic Central Park Boathouse in New York City to honor the best businesses partnering with the arts in America at the annual BCA 10 Awards. Now in its 13th year, this black-tie gala presented by Americans for the Arts’ Business Committee for the Arts brought an evening of stories and musical performances that showcased the great gain in the business and arts communities coming together. 

 

The companies recognized this year join an illustrious list of honorees who are transforming their businesses and their communities by partnering with the arts to foster innovation, engage employees, and contribute to the health and quality of local life. This year’s BCA 10 honorees are:

 

21c Museum Hotels

Cardinal Health

Guitar Center Inc.

Halekulani Corporation

Houston Methodist

Humana Inc.

Kaiser Permanente Colorado

Lincoln Financial Group

Magic Hat Brewing Company

The Betsy-South Beach

 

 

UNIQLO and The Museum of Modern Art received the BCA pARTnership Award and Raymond J. McGuire, Global Head of Corporate & Investment Banking, Citi, received the BCA Leadership Award.

 

 

  

The night kicked off with a cocktail hour for attendees overlooking the Central Park Lake, and was followed by award presentations, dinner, and musical performances. Each BCA honoree was presented with an original inscribed piece of glass from the artists at Rosetree Glass. Broadway, film, and tv star Santino Fontana, performed jazzy tunes and a few from his performance career.  Cellist Derek Loue, student at the Juilliard School of Music, gave an enchanting solo performance.

 

 

Honorees 21c Museum Hotels, Halekulani Corporation, and The Betsy-South Beach come from the hotel industry. 21c Museum Hotels puts contemporary art at the heart of its experience. The company was founded by contemporary art collectors and preservationists who believe in the power of art to transform communities. Halekulani has created and developed a bespoke program of experiences for its guests and patrons, including its “For You, Everything” program, which invites guests to enjoy the cultural and arts offering on Oahu through VIP complimentary access and select private docent tours at some of the most famous and iconic arts and cultural institutions in the city. The Betsy Hotel—family-owned and independently operated—aims to capture and champion the power of community through its dedicated PACE (Philanthropy, Arts, Culture, and Education) program.

 

Cardinal Health, Houston Methodist, Humana Inc. and Kaiser Permanente Colorado come from the healthcare industry. Cardinal Health’s culture of giving back to the arts begins with chairman, CEO, and classically trained opera singer, George Barrett, who frequently says that the arts influence his leadership style. Houston Methodist’s programs of its Center for Performing Arts Medicine have expanded to include integration of the performing and visual arts into the hospital environment, where the power of the arts accelerate patient healing and provide holistic care. Humana prioritizes arts and health research by enlisting the support of creative economy producers and supports the arts through donations and volunteerism. Kaiser Permanente Colorado has supported the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, facilitating programming within the organization that cultivates employee creativity and connectedness

 

Guitar Center, widely known for its instrument and monetary support to more than 400 schools, music programs, charities, and nonprofit organizations each year. Magic Hat Brewing Company accepted their award with a spirited toast in the tradition of the company. Lincoln Financial Group has been a long-standing partner to the arts in the communities in which it has a major business presence, supporting many cornerstone organizations through the years.

 

UNIQLO and MoMA’s shared passion for quality, innovation, and spreading the joy of art around the world lends to their dynamic partnership and Raymond McGuire brings his style of humor, wit, intensity, and thoughtfulness to his work and that which touches the arts.

 

We are thankful to our sponsors, event attendees, performers, presenters, and nominators for contributing to such a successful night celebrating businesses that partner with the arts.

 

Nominations for the BCA 10 Awards open in November. We look forward to learning about the creative arts and business partnerships in your community.

 

View the BCA 10 program book to learn more about this year’s best businesses partnering with the arts.

 

Photo 1:

(Left to Right) Robert Lynch, President & CEO, Americans for the Arts, Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, Studio Museum Harlem, and 2017 BCA Leadership honoree Raymond McGuire, Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking, Citi. Photo by Rana Faure.

 

Photo 2:

Santino Fontana performs at the BCA 10 with Steven Fiefke on the piano. Photo by Rana Faure.

 

Photo 3:

Peter Shaindlin, COO of Halekulani Corporation accepts a 2017 BCA 10 award.Photo by Rana Faure.

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BCA 10 Spotlight: AutoZone, Inc. in Memphis, Tennessee

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BCA 10 Spotlight: AutoZone, Inc. in Memphis, Tennessee

"Even as AutoZone has evolved over the last 36 years, we’ve maintained a steadfast commitment to our hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. Leadership and active participation in our region’s arts and culture are essential to community engagement and growth. In partnership with ArtsMemphis, ArtsZone provides funding for dozens of emerging and established arts initiatives and events; youth outreach and mentoring programs for underserved youth; accessible, community-building endeavors; and minority arts growth."

–Bill Rhodes, Chairman, President, and CEO, Customer Satisfaction, AutoZone, Inc.

 

AutoZone, Inc.,  the leading retailer and a leading distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories in the United States, views a thriving arts community as a key component to creating and sustaining an economically strong, authentic, and dynamic community. The company supports arts and culture initiatives through unique funding programs, civic leadership, and employee engagement.

 

In AutoZone’s hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, the company provides annual funding to ArtsMemphis, a United Arts Fund, and dozens of local arts and culture organizations through a grant program called ArtsZone. The program, which is administered by ArtsMemphis, helps support emerging arts programs and events, including Indie Memphis Film Festival; outreach and mentoring programs for underserved youth, including the New Ballet Ensemble; accessible, community-building endeavors, including the Levitt Shell Music Series; and minority arts growth, including the Hattiloo Theatre. In 2014, AutoZone distributed more than $400,000 in funding to local arts groups. Memphis-based AutoZone employees are also encouraged to donate to ArtsMemphis through a payroll deduction program, which matches 100 percent of donations dollar-for-dollar.

 

In 2004, AutoZone founder J.R. “Pitt” Hyde III and former AutoZone CEO Steve Odland spearheaded ArtsMemphis’s ambitious endowment campaign, Memphis for the Arts (MFTA). AutoZone made the lead gift and encouraged other businesses to get involved. MFTA generated more than $27.2 million and enhanced the profile of the Memphis arts community.

 

Additionally, in 2001 AutoZone donated 226 works collected by J.R. “Pitt” Hyde III to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. The AutoZone Collection offers a selection of artists and artisans from the Mid-South.

 

AutoZone’s creative partnership with the arts is also evidenced by its affiliation with Opera Memphis. The company supports Opera Memphis’ 30 Days of Opera, a public-outreach initiative that aims to integrate opera into everyday life. Since its launch in 2012, 30 Days of Opera has reached more than 50,000 people at more than 80 locations in the Greater Memphis region. In both 2013 and 2014, AutoZone commissioned Opera Memphis to create two iterations of ‘AutoZone: The Opera,' for the company’s national conference. The opera featured a cast of characters lamenting their car problems to an AutoZone customer service representative. By partnering with the arts, AutoZone reinforced the strong corporate culture and commitment to customer satisfaction in a creative and memorable way.

 

Photo: Opera Memphis performs at the 2014 AutoZone National Sales Meeting

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