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Ten Years, Ten Ways the BCA 10 are Building Arts Partnerships

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Ten Years, Ten Ways the BCA 10 are Building Arts Partnerships

The 2014 BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America honorees are:


AC Entertainment (Knoxville, TN)
BBVA Compass (Birmingham, AL)
Brookfield (New York, NY)
Brooks Resources Corporation (Bend, OR)
Classical Movements, Inc. (Alexandria, VA)
Edward Jones (St. Louis, MO)
Hallmark Cards (Kansas City, MO)
Milliken & Company (Spartanburg, SC)
PECO (Philadelphia, PA)
Thrivent Financial (Appleton, WI)


Frederic C. Hamilton, Chairman, The Hamilton Companies (Denver, CO)


John Deere
(Moline, IL)


Join us on October 1, 2014 for the BCA 10 gala to celebrate ten years... that's right, TEN YEARS of outstanding arts and business partnerships! Visit the BCA 10 website for information on tickets and sponsorship of the BCA 10 in honor of this ten-year milestone, or show your support of business partnerships with the arts by purchasing an ad in the 2014 BCA 10 gala program.


In celebration of ten years of the BCA 10, we've highlighted ten of the many ways BCA 10 honorees have been shaking up the arts world, one partnership at a time. Congratulations to all BCA 10 honoree companies, past and present!


Over the past ten years, the BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America have been...


1.      Building new audiences by presenting art in unexpected places.
Yutaka Sone, Mt. 66 Dice-toss, 2005; image courtesy of the Aspen Art Museum and Aspen Skiing Company.



2.       Engaging employees through the arts.

Golden celebrates Paint Day, an opportunity for all staff to paint and take workshops from the professional artists of the Golden Certified Working Artists Program; image courtesy of Golden Artist Colors, Inc.


3.       Providing access to arts education programs.
Aetna helped to create The Adventures of Little Noodle, produced by the Center for Puppetry Arts, part of the Center's Healthy Children/Prevent Childhood Obesity Initiative; image courtesy of Aetna.


4.       Fostering arts in healing and arts in wellness initiatives.
Stone carving used to teach veterans with emotional trauma and their families as part of The Kentucky Center's Arts in Healing program, sponsored by Humana Inc.; image courtesy of Humana Inc.


5.       Enriching communities through the arts.

Crowds flock to the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts, where hundreds of Devon employees volunteer each year; image courtesy of Devon Energy Corporation.


6.       Utilizing the arts to enhance brand and reach new customers.
2011 South Texas Photo Contest Brochure/Call for Entry, sponsored by First Community Bank; image courtesy of First Community Bank.


7.       Contributing to the economy through the arts.
The Masco Corporation Foundation awarded a $200,000 lead challenge grant to support the launch of the Creative State MI report in May 2010, which documents the power of arts and culture on the economy; image courtesty of Masco Corporation.


8.       Bringing the arts into the workplace to foster creative thinking and innovation.
Nearly 100,000 people enter Corporate Office Properties Trust's buildings each day and virtually all have art in them; image courtesy of Corporate Office Properties Trust.


9.       Providing financial support and matching employee contributions to the arts.
Brown-Forman presents a check to the Louisville Ballet; image courtesy of Brown-Forman Corporation.


10.   Championing arts leadership.

Senior Director of Microsoft Citizenship & Public Affairs Akhtar Badshah speaks in support of the arts at the 2012 Arts Fund luncheon; image courtesy of Microsoft.

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