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Spotlight on Phoenix, AZ (Part 2): Thrive with the Arts and Create a Greater City – The Launch of ArtWORKS PHX

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A new initiative launched this month in Phoenix, AZ to showcase and inspire business engagement with the arts: ArtWORKS PHX. ArtWORKS PHX is Phoenix’s fresh, digital arts and business campaign that encourages local businesses to tell their story of arts partnership and connects businesses to arts resources.

 

Modeled after the pARTnership Movement with the interest of attracting employees, inspiring creative, and fostering collaboration, this site, organized by Phoenix Community Alliance, joins Americans for the Arts' national drive to promote arts in the workplace.

 

Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and arts boutique hotel Found:RE are just a few local businesses that have joined on-board showing arts integration is core to their business models. The site already features several case studies of many unique and wise businesses.

 

When discussing timing and inspiration, Phoenix Community Alliance Executive Director Devney Preuss said, “The timing for launching ArtWORKS PHX couldn’t be more perfect.  After months of election campaign coverage, people are ready for something different. They need inspiration."

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Spotlight on Phoenix, AZ (Part 1): Corporate Volunteerism Award goes to 2016 BCA 10 Winner CopperPoint Insurance Companies

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Spotlight on Phoenix, AZ (Part 1): Corporate Volunteerism Award goes to 2016 BCA 10 Winner CopperPoint Insurance Companies

CopperPoint Insurance Companies are known throughout Arizona for far more than providing workers compensation insurance. The company has also built name recognition and an amiable reputation in areas outside of their industry by supporting nonprofits that focus on areas from arts and culture to civic organizations.

 

This past October, CopperPoint Insurance Companies was a winner of the 2016 BCA 10 Award for their dedicated service, commitment, and partnership with the arts. Their relationships to the arts community in forms of sponsorship, Board service, or volunteer hours has positively affected Ballet Arizona, Arizona Opera, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Arizona Citizens for the Arts, and Phoenix Symphony to name a few. President and CEO, Marc Schmittlein, shares “CopperPoint Insurance Companies understands that a vibrant arts sector attracts and sustains businesses and workers, which promotes economic development and cultural enrichment. Support of cultural, arts, and educational organizations creates a well-balanced life experience for our employees, our customers, and our businesses.”

 

In the same month, CopperPoint also received the Corporate Volunteerism award for companies under 1,000 employees from the Phoenix Business Journal. With each employee eligible for 12 hours of paid volunteer time per year during work hours, CopperPoint’s Community Engagement Coordinator Jill Maruca states, “85 percent of our employees participate in volunteerism and/or donating money, which is really high for a company.”

 

By encouraging employees to help out in the community, they are connecting with their staff and retaining talent like Betty Booth, employee of 16 years, who is the first recipient of the Don Smith Volunteer of the Year Award, named after the former CEO who founded the company’s volunteering efforts.

 

CopperPoint’s generosity doesn’t stop with the work it does in the community.  To celebrate their recognition, the company hosted a large employee-wide lunch, pictured above.

 

Photo: Courtesy CopperPoint Insurance Companies

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