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Business Contributions to the Arts Survey 2018

Posted by Emily Peck
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Business Contributions to the Arts Survey 2018

Business Contributions to the Arts: 2018 Edition is the second edition published by The Conference Board and Americans for the Arts of the annual study. Conducted in the summer of 2018, the survey garnered 132 responses from small, midsize, and large U.S. businesses, 123 of which made a philanthropic contribution of some description in 2017 and are therefore included in this report. Here are some of the findings:

 

Business support for the arts is increasing. Nearly a quarter of companies expect to increase their funding for the arts in the next 12 months and only 7 percent expect a decrease. These increases will likely be driven by increased overall philanthropy budgets.

 

Creativity continues to drive business engagement with the arts. More than half of respondents overall (53 percent) reported that arts support contributes to stimulating creative thinking and problem solving. This aligns with data from Americans for the Arts’ recent public opinion poll, Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018, where 55 percent of employed adults say their job requires them to “be creative and come up with ideas that are new and unique.” An even greater proportion (60 percent) say that the more creative and innovative they are at their job, the more successful they are in the workplace.

 

The arts improve the economy and quality of life in communities. 79 percent of companies believe arts improve the quality of life in their community, and 63 percent of companies believe the arts contribute to the economy. Similarly, our recent public opinion poll found that 68 percent of Americans say the arts are good for the economy and support jobs.

 

Click to expandBusinesses are looking to the arts for their diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies. 36 percent of all companies partner with the arts as a way to address diversity in the workplace. When looking at companies with over $25 billion in revenue, this increases to 50 percent of all companies surveyed. Additionally, 42 percent of all businesses say the arts provide an avenue to address challenging conversations in the workplace. This is an upward trend from past surveys.

 

Employees want to be engaged with their jobs and their communities. 63 percent of companies promote board service at arts organizations, and 60 percent of companies provide opportunities for their employees to volunteer at arts organizations on company time.

 

Arts education is a priority for businesses. Arts education programs are the most common area of the arts field supported by companies, with 69 percent indicating involvement in such programs. In addition to arts education, music, visual arts, theatre, and culturally specific arts organizations all receive support from more than 50 percent of companies.

 

When it comes to measuring impact, there is room to grow. 55 percent of companies do not measure the social impact of their arts support. This is an area for growth for arts organizations as the business community continues looking for data and a return on investment on their community partnerships.

 

A version of this post initially appeared on ArtsBlog

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pARTnership Movement on the Move!

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pARTnership Movement on the Move!

Jessica Stern, Private Sector Initiatives Program Manager, spent the day running a pARTnership workshop in Salt Lake City. Hosted by the Utah Cultural Alliance and the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, she spoke to business and cultural leaders on how arts and culture can offer businesses, through partnership, competitive edge.

 

With over 50 executive directors and marketing staff in the room, my aim was to communicate that arts and business partnerships can look like so much more than cash sponsorship. This can be frustrating for some, since so many cultural organizations are underfunded, and cash is badly needed. But as I expressed during my presentation, pARTnerships can exist in as many ways as there are creative ideas, and as arts and culture leaders, we need inspiration and a little courage to make them happen.

 

The pARTnership Movement offers language, resources and stories to help arts leaders ‘speak business,’ while illustrating to the business community why they should support the arts; and how they can support the arts in a myriad of ways in addition to cash support. Our primary vehicle for this illustration is via the 8 Reasons to Support the Arts. In our workshops we encourage participants to think of all the ways their arts practice aligns with each of the 8 reasons. In assessing the strength of the things leaders already do, we can connect the dots using the 8 reasons and other tools available on the pARTnership Movement site, to create new ideas and identify potential new business with whom we’d like to partner.

 

These in-person workshops are available to travel to your community, and we relish the opportunity to work directly with arts leaders across the country to strengthen relationships between business and the arts. Please be in touch with our team if you are interested in hosting one of these workshops.

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Sing for Hope Pianos

Posted by Danielle Iwata
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Sing for Hope Pianos

Sing for Hope, the nation’s largest recurring public art project, is launching the 2018 Sing for Hope Pianos on Monday, June 4. In partnership with Fosun, a 2018 BCA 10 winner, all 51 pianos will be on display at 28 Liberty Plaza (formerly One Chase Manhattan Plaza).

 

The pianos are created through the Fosun Artist in Residency program and are then placed around the five boroughs throughout the summer. Come fall, the pianos will be donated to public schools.

 

This year, there will be a roving piano, in partnership with MINI USA. Together, they will create a custom MINI Countryman, also known as the #MINIPiano. This car will be modified as the 51st piano that will be #DrivingHope throughout the city.

 

Be on the lookout for pianos across the boroughs! Check out the artists and map here.

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April 15 - World Art Day collaboration with Sprinkles Cupcakes and Americans for the Arts

Posted by Jessica Gaines
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One dollar from each Art Cupcake sold will be donated to Americans for the Arts!

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