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The Arts are Houston's Clandestine Economic Powerhouse

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The Arts are Houston's Clandestine Economic Powerhouse

  Americans for the Arts CEO Robert L. Lynch and BCA Executive Board Member Joseph C. Dilg authored an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle celebrating the many BCA 10 award-winning arts and business partnerships in Houston. 

 

We know that Houston is recognized worldwide for its energy industry - particularly for oil and natural gas - as well as for biomedical research, aeronautics, technology and international trade. But what may come as a surprise is Houston's other economic powerhouse: the arts industry.

 

Houston has a rich arts sector, including a full set of major cultural institutions - symphony, opera, ballet, museum and theater - and many smaller but impressive arts organizations. All are fueled by strong partnerships with Houston businesses, large and small.

 

In fact, business support for the arts is a vital piece of Houston's arts funding puzzle. Many Houston companies partner with the arts by bringing the arts into the workplace as well as through grants, marketing initiatives, volunteer programs, employee giving, sponsorships and board service. And their support could not come at a more critical time. According to Americans for the Arts' BCA Triennial Survey of Business Support to the Arts, fewer U.S. companies are making philanthropic contributions to the arts since the economic downturn and subsequent recession.

 

For this reason, on Jan. 17, Houston Grand Opera and Americans for the Arts are honoring those Houston businesses that have been recognized nationally by the Business Committee for the Arts for not only supporting the arts but also for creating deep partnerships with Houston's arts sector throughout the years: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Baker Botts L.L.P., ConocoPhillips, Devon Energy, I.W. Marks Jewelers LLP, Shell Exploration & Production Company and Vinson & Elkins LLP. 

 

Read the rest of the op-ed in the Houston Chronicle.

 

*photo courtesy of 2011 BCA 10 winner Baker Botts LLP and the Houston Grand Opera. 

Lucia di Lammermoor - Houston Grand Opera’s 2010/11 production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Pictured are Albina Shagimuratova as Lucia and Scott Hendricks as Enrico Ashton; Photographer: Felix Sanchez  

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