Arts and business news from around the country.


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

Posted by Patrick O'Herron
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.

blog comments powered by Disqus

More News

Listen Up, Drink Up
Mar 20, 2018 0 Comments
2016 BCA 10 Winner Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (DE) has an impressive history of supporting and collaborating with the music industry. As part of their Off-Centered Art Series, Dogfish Head Brewery creates seasonal beers. In honor...
Go to full post
360 Degrees of Dance, Design, and Technology
Mar 15, 2018 0 Comments
Last week, Barney’s New York, Samsung Electronics America, and Martha Graham Dance Company unveiled the new Window on Madison Ave. Combining fashion, tech, and art, the display offers passersby, shoppers, and art enthusiasts...
Go to full post
NYC Business Provides World Class Platform for Youth Creativity
Mar 01, 2018 0 Comments
Everyone faces challenges; but not everyone has the tools to overcome them. What happens when companies provide resources and recognition to young people to work through these issues in creative, safe spaces? Change.   Scholastic...
Go to full post
Art & Water: The Two Essentials
Feb 22, 2018 0 Comments
It’s been a year since we featured LIFEWTR for their collaboration with artists for the design on their bottles of purified water. The company believes that its dynamic bottle labels is what will give the brand an edge over its...
Go to full post
Hospitality for the Arts
Feb 20, 2018 0 Comments
When searching for hotels, people are drawn to places that exude a sense of intention and creativity. A hotel’s aesthetics thus play a key role in its success –  as an industry, the hospitality world already has a need to be...
Go to full post
For Artists, By Artists: Supporting Each Other Through Business
Feb 15, 2018 0 Comments
As an artist, Craig “KR” Costello saw a need for efficient graffiti mediums. As a businessperson, he solved the hole in the market.   Graffiti artists in New York were all about mobility, painting subway cars through the City...
Go to full post
Music and Resilience in Osceola County
Feb 13, 2018 0 Comments
In the aftermath of the hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, over 2,300 students have been relocated to Florida. In Osceola County, arts educators and business leaders are partnering to provide support for...
Go to full post
Interested in measuring business support for the arts in your community?
Jan 23, 2018 0 Comments
Since 1969, Americans for the Arts through the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA), has been conducting the National Survey of Business Support for the Arts. Now, conducted annually in partnership with The Conference Board...
Go to full post
New David Rockefeller BCA pARTnership Award
Jan 08, 2018 0 Comments
Americans for the Arts announced today that the David Rockefeller Fund will invest in a four-year presenting sponsorship of the new David Rockefeller BCA pARTnership Award. Given annually, the award will honor a company and arts...
Go to full post
Nation's United Arts Funds Raise $85.5 million for the Arts in 2016
Jan 02, 2018 0 Comments
Throughout the summer of 2017, the Americans for the Arts Private Sector Initiatives department solicited responses to the FY2016 United Arts Fund Campaign Survey. Surveys were distributed to a total of 45 united arts funds by...
Go to full post
Nominate the Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts
Dec 11, 2017 0 Comments
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2018 BCA 10 AWARDS Every year, Americans for the Arts through its Business Committee for the Arts, honors the 10 best businesses partnering with the arts in America. Submissions close January 19. ...
Go to full post
Award-Winning Examples of Companies Supporting the Arts
Nov 21, 2017 0 Comments
The arts are an economic driver. According to the Arts & Economic Prosperity study, released by Americans for the Arts, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $166.3 billion of economic activity during 2015, which...
Go to full post
BCA 10 Spotlight: AC Entertainment in Knoxville, Tennessee
Nov 14, 2017 0 Comments
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...
Go to full post
BCA 10 Spotlight: Scholastic Inc., New York City
Nov 09, 2017 0 Comments
“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...
Go to full post

Already a partner?

Already a partner?

Learn easy ways to take your partnership to a new level.

Use our ads locally

Use our ads locally

View The pARTnership Movement ad campaign and find ways to use the ads.

pARTnership videos

pARTnership videos

Watch and share our videos from The pARTnership Movement.

Partnership ideas

Partnership ideas

Inspire employees with tickets to the ballet or a concert.

Are you an arts group?

Are you an arts group?

Get listed in our searchable directory.

Recruit talent

Recruit talent

Employees want to live and work in a vibrant community.