Last week, Americans for the Arts’ Vice President of Private Sector Initiatives, Emily Peck, visited Memphis for an annual retreat with leaders of United Arts Funds around the country. Earlier this year, ArtsMemphis, the United Arts Fund hosting the retreat, nominated Memphis-based auto parts company AutoZone for the BCA 10 awards for its exceptional support of the arts. AutoZone was selected to receive the award and was recognized by Americans for the Arts at the BCA 10 gala in New York City on October 6.
On Thursday, November 12, the President & CEO of ArtsMemphis, Elizabeth Rouse, took the opportunity to honor AutoZone’s Jenny Turner Koltnow with the award locally. The presentation took place during a reception at the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, and was attended by United Arts Fund leaders from around the country, AutoZone representatives, Americans for the Arts representatives, and members of the local Memphis arts community.
Before introducing Koltnow to the stage to accept the award on AutoZone’s behalf, Emily Peck said: “We’re always looking for companies that are partnering with the arts beyond sponsorships, that are really integrating them into everything that their business does…our BCA 10 judges were really taken by the great work of AutoZone…particularly their partnership with Opera Memphis to create the AutoZone Opera for their national sales meeting. Those are the sorts of stories that really resonate, and show how an auto parts company can really understand the arts and make them a part of its DNA.”
While accepting the award, Jenny Koltnow, the Director of Communications and Community Relations for AutoZone, said: “On AutoZone’s behalf, thank you. Having been the product of a great arts program in a small town in Wisconsin, I know how important the arts are, and how hard arts groups in Memphis work in order to bring that value to everyone each and every day…this is a huge honor.”
To learn more about AutoZone’s work in the arts, visit the 2015 BCA 10 program book on our website. If you know of a company in your community that supports the arts, please consider nominating it for a 2016 BCA 10 award. You can find information about nominating a company here.
Photo: AutoZone's Jenny Turner Koltnow (left) with ArtsMemphis' Elizabeth Rouse.