Up to the minute news on arts and business partnerships.


What do the Arts Mean to Business?

Posted by Timarie Harrigan


Every year Americans for the Arts, and business and arts leaders, come together to celebrate amazing partnerships from across the country at The BCA 10. As we start gearing up for this year’s BCA 10: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America gala we thought it would be fun to look back at what some of our past honorees had to say about the arts.


But first, here is the list of 2012 BCA 10 honorees:


Alltech, Inc., Nicholasville, KY
Bank of America, Charlotte, NC
Chaves Consulting, Inc., Baker City, OR
Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Oklahoma City, OK
Earl Swensson Associates, Inc., Nashville, TN
First Community Bank, Corpus Christi, TX
Golden Artist Colors, Inc., New Berlin, NY
Jackson and Company, Houston, TX
MASCO Corporation, Taylor, MI
Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, FL


 Hall of Fame

The Boeing Company, Chicago, IL


Read up on this year's honorees and learn more about celebrating with us at this year's BCA 10 on October 4, 2012 at the Central Park Boathouse in NYC.


And now here are some highlights from a handful of our past honorees:


"Arts and cultural activities make a community attractive both to its citizens and to business. Simply put, the arts contribute to the quality of life for our people. The arts are good for business. Business should be good to the arts." - David R. Goode, former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Norfolk Southern Corporation

"We believe the arts enhance our ability to respond to an increasingly complex and fast moving world with new perspectives, ideas and insights. Partnerships between business and the arts embrace the vitality of the world around us and serve the human spirit." - Seth H. Waugh, former Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Bank Americas

“Through our support of the arts, we’re investing in innovation. A vibrant arts scene fosters an atmosphere of creativity – the kind that brings new ideas into workplaces and classrooms, stimulating communities and preparing youth for tomorrow’s challenges.  Our employees and the Adobe Foundation are proud of the positive impact we have by championing creative expression.”- Shantanu Narayen, President and CEO, Adobe Systems Incorporated; President of the Board, Adobe Foundation

“Our support of the arts is as simple to understand as ABC—arts build communities. Vibrant arts environments draw people of diverse cultural experiences together and foster innovation and excellence in the Workplace.” - Jon A. Boscia, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Lincoln Financial Group

“It is in the best interest of every business – no matter its size – to support the arts.  Beyond their intrinsic value, the arts add to the economic vitality and quality of life of our communities.  They also unleash creative ideas in and out of the workplace, foster dialogues and increase understanding among people.”  - Henry W. Bloch, Honorary Chairman and Co-founder, H&R Block, Inc.

“Success is not built on what we accomplish for ourselves. Its foundation lies in what we do for others. Driven by my passion for music and excellence since childhood, I’ve incorporated this very philosophy into my agency’s signature brand, using its integrity as a foundation of influence to promote and preserve the future success of the arts.”- Trish Doll, owner, Publicity Works

“Darden is committed to making a positive difference in the communities where we live and work. One of the many ways we do that is through our support of the Arts. The sharing of artistic talent and heritage promotes cultural diversity and enhances the American story, serving as an inspiration for current and future generations.”- Clarence Otis, Jr., Chairman & CEO, Darden Restaurants, Inc.

"A deep appreciation for the power the arts have on a community resides in the heart of UMB's culture. It's our exposure as individuals and communities to visual and performing arts that drives creativity in business. I believe communities that have a strong focus on arts attract and retain a brighter and more creative work force."- Mariner Kemper, Chairman & CEO, UMB Financial Corporation

“Supporting the arts creates balance, sustains the cultural life of communities and offers opportunities for individuals of all ages to enjoy the arts. We are proud to help communities realizes what’s possible through the arts.” - Robert J. DeKoch, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Boldt Company

“We believe the arts have the power to create value and vibrancy for the communities we serve throughout the Intermountain West.  We strive to bolster the arts and education so that creativity will resonate through future generations.” - A. Scott Anderson, President and CEO, Zions First National Bank


blog comments powered by Disqus

More News

Louisville's Fund for the Arts Announces New President & CEO
Apr 24, 2014 0 Comments
The Fund for the Arts, Louisville’s united arts fund, has announced that Christen Boone will replace Barbara Sexton Smith as President & CEO upon her August 31 retirement date.   Under Barbara Sexton Smith’s leadership, the...
Go to full post
WEBINAR: Engaging Business Advocates
Apr 23, 2014 0 Comments
Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, April 23 at 3:00 p.m. ET.   Engaging your community’s business and philanthropic leaders as arts advocates and advisors is a goal many arts organizations aspire to but don’t always accomplish...
Go to full post
Blackbaud Provides Data that Proves the Arts Make an Impact
Apr 21, 2014 0 Comments
Blackbaud is proud to partner with thousands of arts and culture organizations by providing software solutions and services designed to help them further their mission and make positive lasting impacts on their communities. Click...
Go to full post
National Air and Space Museum Soars with a Gift from Boeing
Apr 18, 2014 0 Comments
Early this month, Boeing announced a gift of $30 million to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum to renovate and expand its main exhibition hall on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The 2-year renovation plan will...
Go to full post
Announcing the 2014 BCA Leadership Award and Hall of Fame Honorees
Apr 16, 2014 0 Comments
Americans for the Arts and the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA) Executive Board are pleased to announce this year's BCA Leadership Award and Hall of Fame honorees.   Frederic C. Hamilton, chairman of Denver-based Hamilton...
Go to full post
BayCoast Bank Supports Local Artists in Corporate Collection
Apr 14, 2014 0 Comments
(Ann Ramos Desrosier and Christina Leigh stand next to a Ron Lister painting in BayCoast Bank's conference room, photo courtesy of The Herald News.)   When one thinks of a bank, it’s not likely the next thought would be artwork...
Go to full post
Energy Companies Help Fuel the Houston Arts Scene
Apr 11, 2014 0 Comments
(Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan visits Houston in April, presented by Society for the Performing Arts, whose 2013-14 season is underwritten by Reliant Energy. Photo courtesy of The Houston Chronicle.)   The following article...
Go to full post
It's National Volunteer Week!
Apr 07, 2014 0 Comments
National Volunteer Week is this week -- April 6-12, 2014. A program of Points of Light and sponsored by Advil® as a part of the Advil® Relief in Action campaign, National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging...
Go to full post
Blue Moon Shines Brightly on Americans for the Arts
Apr 01, 2014 0 Comments
On March 1, Blue Moon Brewing Company took to the skies of Brooklyn, NY, to celebrate the lunar new moon, promote their “artfully crafted” brand of beer, and raise money for Americans for the Arts through a Twitter campaign...
Go to full post
Introducing Delta Airlines Innovation Class
Mar 28, 2014 0 Comments
Introducing Delta Airlines Innovation Class, a mentoring program at 35,000 feet! Delta is using its time up in the air to connect an innovator of today in the fields of business, art and technology with a leader of tomorrow...
Go to full post
Bank of Tennessee Supports the Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Mar 26, 2014 0 Comments
Bank of Tennessee recently pledged $100,000 to a new museum being built by the Birthplace of Country Music, a nonprofit music organization in Bristol, VA/TN. The museum is scheduled to open this August in downtown Bristol.  ...
Go to full post
Happy Arts Advocacy Day 2014!
Mar 24, 2014 0 Comments
Hosted by Americans for the Arts and cosponsored by 85+ national arts organizations, Arts Advocacy Day is the largest gathering of its kind, bringing together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations...
Go to full post
Business and the arts: Why they need each other
Mar 20, 2014 0 Comments
The goals of the arts, culture and creative sectors are often viewed as separate from or counter to those of the business community. The Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia is working hard to change this perception...
Go to full post
Lincoln Financial Group Leads 2014 United Arts Campaign in Hartford
Mar 19, 2014 0 Comments
The Greater Hartford Arts Council is proud to announce that Lincoln Financial Group will chair the 2014 United Arts Campaign, reflecting the company’s unwavering dedication to the arts and cultural community in Central Connecticut...
Go to full post

Get our Business Newsletter

your email

We protect your info. See our privacy statement.

Arts Tweets

Already a partner?

Already a partner?

Learn some 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 see how you can use them.

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.