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Celebrate The BCA 10 in Your Own Community!

Posted by Patrick O'Herron

The BCA 10 honors and recognizes the best businesses partnering with the arts in America. From sponsoring free outdoor concert series and arts festivals to hosting art galleries and arts programming onsite at their workplaces to providing pro-bono skills-based volunteers services and board leadership, this year’s honoree companies are true champions of arts support. These businesses not only enrich the communities in which they serve, but engage their employees and add value to their business environments through the arts. They deserve not only to be recognized, but celebrated and revered!


The following are just a few ways our past BCA 10 winners have celebrated the award in their own communities:


  • In Hartford, the Greater Hartford Arts Council re-presented the awards to United Technologies Corporation and Northeast Utilities at their annual Big Red for the Arts event. Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch attended the event to honor these two companies.
  • The Governor of Oregon proclaimed November 10 to be PGE Day to celebrate Portland General Electric’s award.
  • The Northwest Business for Culture & the Arts re-presented the award to Portland General Electric at the BCA Breakfast of Champions.
  • Strata-G started a dedicated funding program for two new arts programs in honor of The BCA 10.
  • The Lakeland Arts Theater dedicated a performance to BCA 10 honoree Halifax EMC.


You can support your favorite BCA 10 companies this year on Twitter with the following tweet:


“@[insert company] is one of the BCA10: Best Biz's Partnering w/ the Arts in America!  #Americans4Arts #artsandbiz


And on Facebook with the following status:


“Just announced! @[insert company] is one of the 2013 BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America! Each year, Americans for the Arts, through the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA), recognizes ten U.S. companies for their exceptional commitment to the arts through grants, local partnerships, volunteer programs, matching gifts, sponsorships and board membership. Congratulations to the 2013 honorees!


With a broad list of honorees this year spanning from the Pacific Northwest to the sunny southern states to the northeastern shores and all points in between, let us know how you will be celebrating these BCA 10 companies in your communities this year!


The BCA 10 – 2013
Aspen Skiing Company, Aspen, CO
Atlantic Salt, Inc., Staten Island, NY
Bacardi USA, Inc., Coral Gables, FL
M&T Bank, Buffalo, NY
Microsoft, Redmond, WA
PNC Bank, Pittsburgh, PA
Premier Bank, Dubuque, IA
Scholastic Inc., New York, NY
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., Atlanta, GA
Yum! Brands Inc., Louisville, KY            


Leadership Award
Michael McCallister, Chairman, Humana, Inc., Louisville, KY


Hall of Fame
Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee, WI


For more information, including how you can join us for the event, purchase a recognition ad and sponsorship opportunities, visit


Join us in a round of applause for the 2013 BCA 10 honorees!


(Members of PHILADANCO showcase their blend of ballet, jazz, modern and African American-based dance during a special performance as part of PNC Arts Alive! Courtesy of PNC Bank.)

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