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Banking on The Arts

Posted by Melyssa Muro
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In the world of arts funding, the star roles are played by banks, with the lead role in the hands of Bank of America Corporation, 2012 BCA 10 honoree. As a Founding Member of the Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC and Global Sponsor of the Chicago Symphony, Bank of America’s arts scope reigns vast and inclusive. In fact, twenty-two percent of performing arts organizations have reported a partnership with Bank of America.

 

As such, bank partnerships with arts don’t stop there. KMPG, US Bank (2015 BCA 10 honoree), and JPMorgan Chase round out the top 5 art-sponsoring banks, each partnering with 11% of performing arts organizations. With astounding numbers like these, it’s clear to see how an IEG research led to the conclusion that banks are 11.4 times more likely to sponsor the performing arts than the average of all sponsors. Here are the banks that are following suit, with the percentage of arts organizations they are involved with:

 

 

Furthermore, the study illustrated that the amount given to the arts—both visual and performing—has been steadily increasing and is projected to reach a total of $970 million for this year. In this way, Bank of America and its supporting cast are not only making themselves known, they are truly creating a legacy teaming with vitality and vibrant culture.

 

(All numbers and image are taken from IEG research findings)

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BCA Executive Board Member Martha Ingram Talks Arts in Nashville

Posted by Patrick O'Herron
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In the following video from NewsChannel5.com, businesswoman, philanthropist, arts supporter and BCA Executive Board Member Martha Ingram speaks of her passion for bringing the arts to her hometown of Nashville. (Photo credit: John Russell, Vanderbilt University.)

 

In 1972, Ingram spearheaded an 8-year campaign to build the Tennessee performing Arts Center in downtown Nashville, which ultimately housed the Nashville Symphony and became a world-class performance venue. In the early 2000s, a new Symphony Center (the Schermerhorn) was constructed, the project again led by Ingram. However, the symphony fell upon hard financial times due to the economic recession and the disastrous flood of May 2010, which devastated many parts of Nashville and the surrounding region. In the end, Ingram provided the funds to save the facility from foreclosure, which the symphony is now paying back over a period of time.

 

A fervent supporter of Americans for the Arts, Ingram holds an honorary seat on the host committee for the upcoming 2014 Annual Convention being held in Nashville this June.

 

NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather
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Arts Brookfield Presents an Egg-cellent Performance

Posted by Nicole Glotzer
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As part of Americans for the Arts’ Internship Program, my fellow interns and staff recently took an office field trip to see a unique public dance performance entitled Yolk by dance company Third Rail Projects. The performance was part of a series of events presented this spring at locations throughout Manhattan by Arts Brookfield, the cultural arm of Brookfield Office Properties. Yolk ran from April 8-10 at the plaza of the Grace Building, a Brookfield property located in Midtown Manhattan.

The piece featured two performers, one dressed in silver, the other in gold, dancing in and around large open eggshells accompanied by electronic music. Third Rail Projects is a multi-disciplinary performance company, and Yolk showcased its explorations fusing dance, installation art, and performance in the public sphere. I watched as a crowd, made up of passersby and employees from nearby businesses (particularly the Grace Building), gathered to view the performance during their lunch hour. I was able to see, firsthand, how such a performance could engage employees of the Grace Building and surrounding businesses. It was then that I realized that the performance was less about two girls dancing in fiberglass eggs, but rather the experience it was creating for those in attendance.

Brookfield Office Properties, a commercial real estate company, presents arts programming to over 25 buildings worldwide. Since the establishment of Arts Brookfield in 1988, the company has been a leader in creating partnerships between the arts and its business partners by offering free-to-the-public performances and exhibitions. Hosting arts performances and events is just one tool that Brookfield Offices Properties uses to reach new leasing business customers and their employees. By providing a relatively untapped incentive to its lessees through the arts, Brookfield Office Properties is able to build its competitive advantage while enriching the community in which its employees and business partners live and work. It is a model from which other businesses should garner inspiration—looking to the arts as an ally that can assist in meeting business goals.

Learn more about Arts Brookfield’s model and mission, and the series of performances it is presenting not only in New York City but across the globe in all of its operational communities, at ArtsBrookfield.com.

As part of Americans for the Arts’ Internship Program, my fellow interns and staff recently took an office field trip to see a unique public dance performance entitled Yolk by dance company Third Rail Projects. The performance was part of a series of events presented this spring at locations throughout Manhattan by Arts Brookfield, the cultural arm of Brookfield Office Properties. Yolk ran from April 8-10 at the plaza of the Grace Building, a Brookfield property located in Midtown Manhattan.

The piece featured two performers, one dressed in silver, the other in gold, dancing in and around large open eggshells accompanied by electronic music. Third Rail Projects is a multi-disciplinary performance company, and Yolk showcased Third Rail Projects’ explorations fusing dance, installation art, and performance in the public sphere. I watched as a crowd, made up of passersby and employees from nearby businesses (particularly the Grace Building), gathered to view the performance during their lunch hour and was able to see, firsthand, how such a performance could engage employees of the Grace Building and surrounding businesses. It was then that I realized that the performance was less about two girls dancing in fiberglass eggs, but rather the experience it was creating for those in attendance.

Brookfield Office Properties, a commercial real estate company, presents arts programming to over 25 buildings worldwide. Since the establishment of Arts Brookfield in 1988, the company has been a leader in creating partnerships between the arts and its business partners by offering free-to-the-public performances and exhibitions. Hosting arts performances and events is just one tool that Brookfield Offices Properties uses to reach new leasing business customers and their employees. By providing a relatively untapped incentive to its lessees through the arts, Brookfield Office Properties is able to build its competitive advantage while enriching the community in which its employees and business partners live and work. It is a model from which other businesses should garner inspiration—looking to the arts as an ally that can assist in meeting business goals.

Learn more about Arts Brookfield’s model and mission, and the series of performances it is presenting not only in New York City but across the globe in all of its operational communities, at ArtsBrookfield.com.

- See more at: http://blog.artsusa.org/2014/05/02/arts-brookfield-presents-an-egg-cellent-performance/#more-23785
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Diesel Brings Us the ABC's of Dance

Posted by Patrick O'Herron
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Diesel, known for its Italian fashions and designer jeans, has recently partnered with i-D, a magazine dedicated to fashion, music, art and youth culture, to create a one-of-a-kind video piece entitled “A-Z of Dance.” In the video, a team of street dancers perform 26 moves, one for each letter, in alphabetical order. The spot, shot on the streets and rooftops of sunny Los Angeles, promotes Diesel’s new collection of Jogg Jeans—denim/jersey hybrid pants that are perfect for dancers or those on the go. Director Jacob Sutton perfectly captures the world's hottest dancers walking in the air in their Jogg Jeans and cut-offs.

 

Diesel is encouraging the global fan community to contribute their own footage to create a second clip, release date to be announced. Dancers from all across the globe can submit their moves using the hashtags #joggjeans and #iDdance online.

 

Click the following link to view “A-Z of Dance,” and see how the astonishing power of choreography can build brand awareness and reach new customers.

 

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Kimmel Center Partners With SEI to Unveil New 'SEI Innovation Studio'

Posted by Dana Grosser
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Kimmel Center Partners With SEI to Unveil New 'SEI Innovation Studio'

(Photo courtesy of KimmelCenter.org.)

 

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and financial services company SEI announce today the unveiling of the SEI Innovation Studio with a new architectural Spruce Street entrance, and an ongoing initiative of revolving art work from the West Collection, on display in The Studio's lobby and the Kimmel Center's Commonwealth Plaza.

 

The SEI Innovation Studio is a 200-seat venue at the Kimmel Center that is set to house jazz and theater residencies during the 2013-14 seasons. Its new entrance on Spruce Street is a 22-foot tall glass panel structural that allows for changeable graphic signage. In the redesigned lobby to The Studio, rotating contemporary artwork from the West Collection will be on display. Developed in the 1990s by Alfred P. West, Jr., Chairman and CEO of SEI, and his daughter, Paige West, the West Collection of emerging art is featured at SEI's offices around the world and can be seen at various art institutes across the United States.

 

In addition to the art on display in The Studio's lobby, Jonathan Schipper's "The Slow and Inevitable Death of American Muscle" will be on display in the Kimmel Center's Commonwealth Plaza. Schipper's piece is a machine that advances two full-sized muscle cars slowly into one another over a period of 90 days, simulating a head-on collision. Throughout the duration of this installation, a live web cam will film the process of the slow moving car crash, providing an opportunity for the public to see and hear the development of the crash online. Schipper's installation is the first of three public art installations SEI is providing on a temporary loan to the Kimmel Center to enliven its public spaces and attract audiences to its seasonal offerings and resident company programs.

 

"Today, the Kimmel Center takes another step toward fulfilling the vision of our Master Plan with the unveiling of our new Spruce Street entrance to SEI Innovation Studio," said Kimmel Center President and CEO Anne Ewers. "We are grateful to Al West and SEI for making these improvements possible and are absolutely thrilled that they have loaned us stimulating artwork from the renowned West Collection to exhibit in the Plaza and lobby of SEI Innovation Studio. These enhancements, along with our inventive new residencies, now establish SEI Innovation Studio as a destination for groundbreaking performance and visual art."

 

"SEI is proud to support the Kimmel Center through the creation of the SEI Innovation Studio. The studio is a natural extension of the company's long-standing commitment to creativity, art, and innovation," said Alfred P. West, Jr., SEI's Chairman and CEO. "We believe that art encourages the creation of new ideas and inspires exceptional performance. We hope our partnership with the Kimmel will help spur the imagination of the Philadelphia community."

 

*This article was originally posted at MarketWatch.com.

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