Mercedes-Benz Financial Services’ Experiencing Perspectives art program creates an environment for employees in which contemporary art plays a large role. The idea behind the program is to invigorate creative and inspirational work. The program offers annual art exhibitions, art tours, community conversations and other events.
Experiencing Perspectives was launched in 2001 in collaboration with the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Since then, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services has displayed the school’s graduate student artwork in its Americas Headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan. It is a partnership between art, education and business that remains the only one of its kind with the country's top-ranked graduate program in architecture, design and fine art. (Photo credit: Mercedes-Benz Financial Services President and CEO Peter Zieringer speaks to guests about the partnership with Cranbrook Academy of Arts during the Experiencing Perspectives community art reception held at the company's regional headquarters in Farmington Hills on September 30. PRNewsFoto/Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.)
On October 1, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services announced the 2014-2015 installation, its largest to date. In addition to art installations, Experiencing Perspectives offers Mercedes-Benz employees opportunities to engage in art tours, visual thinking discussions and community events. Employees are also given the opportunity to showcase their own creative talents by participating in a biannual employee art show.
"Our unique partnership with the Cranbrook Academy of Art has enriched our work environment and enabled us to support emerging and established artists working and studying in our community for more than a decade," said CEO of Mercedes-Benz Finanial Services, Peter Zieringer. "As the program has grown, so has our ability to develop meaningful connections between business and the arts. Through our various community relationships, art has become part of our foundation that bridges community and workplace culture together. Some may wonder if it adds value in a business environment. I would say it absolutely has played a valuable role in expanding perspectives, inspiring creative thought and cultivating innovative ideas."
As part of the Experiencing Perspectives art program, one lucky Cranbrook Academy student will receive the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award. The award recognizes the promise of a graduating artist and provides him or her the opportunity to live and work for two months abroad in Berlin, Germany. There, the recipient has the opportunity to participate in a personalized networking program with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services' Berlin partner, the Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, which includes introductions to members of the international art community.
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