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Cool Globes in a Pittsburgh Summer

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Cool Globes in a Pittsburgh Summer

Since 2006, Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet, an offshoot of a commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative, has placed globes around the world to combat climate change. Using public art, Cool Globes has brought messages of awareness to Washington DC, California, Texas, and Copenhagen, Geneva, Marseilles, Amsterdam, and Jerusalem.

 

Last month, they unveiled the latest exhibit in Pittsburgh, with support from 2013 BCA 10 honoree PNC Foundation. In a news release, Greg Jordan, PNC General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer said:

The Cool Globes exhibit is internationally recognized not only for its artistry but also for shining a light on the environment. The exhibit, and the globe we selected for installation at Triangle Park that represents green building, couldn’t be a more natural fit with PNC’s commitment to sustainability initiatives. We can think of no better place to showcase this exhibit and the work of local artists than our hometown.

 

In 2013, at the time of PNC’s BCA honor, then Executive Vice President and Director of Community Affairs said, “The PNC Foundation has always believed that engagement in the arts enriches lives and builds stronger, more vibrant communities.” Through this partnership with Cool Globes, PNC Foundation continues to use the arts to create strong, engaged communities.

 

Cool Globes in Pittsburgh is also made possible by the City of Pittsburgh Mayor’s Office, Heinz Endowments, and the Pittsburgh Penguin Foundations.

 

Check out a sample of the globes on their site.

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eBay, Public Art Fund, and Ai Weiwei Come Together to Support Refugees

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eBay, Public Art Fund, and Ai Weiwei Come Together to Support Refugees

On June 20, World Refugee Day, eBay will release a series of exclusive works through a partnership with Public Art Fund and artist/activist Ai Weiwei. 500 editions of six banners bearing portraits of refugees will go on sale for $750 each. These pieces come from his exhibition Good Fences Make Good Neighbors in NYC, a multi-faceted, 300+ pieces installation that included portraits from the nineteenth century to today. In partnership with Public Art Fund, the display ran for five months throughout all five boroughs of New York City.

 

The artist said: “The work is directly related to the history of human migration and aims to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis happening today. It is a reminder of the artist's responsibility to defend the understanding that all humans share the same meaning of life. I have always believed that to be the foundation of our aesthetic practice."

 

Sam Bright, Senior Director of Art & Collectibles at eBay stated, "we're thrilled to continue our partnership with the Public Art Fund and Ai Weiwei to exclusively give our 171 million active buyers a chance to own limited artworks for an important cause. This special sale furthers our mission to use the power of our platform to impact significant causes, benefiting two essential organizations supporting refugees." Through the company’s platform eBay for Charity, all proceeds from the sales will go to Public Art Fund, which will make a donation to USA for UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Regufees) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

 

In addition to his compelling work, Ai Weiwei is known for his human rights and social justice activism. He will be honored for his Outstanding Contributions to the Arts at Americans for the Art’s 2018 National Arts Awards in October.

 

Photo: Artist Ai Weiwei with artworks: Banner 51, Banner 2, Banner 13, Banner 200, Banner 90, Banner 50; CNC laser cut vinyl 17” x 48.” Courtesy, Public Art Fund, NY.

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Sing for Hope Pianos

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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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Skechers Partners with Manhattan Beach Beach Planning Committee

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Skechers Partners with Manhattan Beach Beach Planning Committee

On April 11, Skechers unveiled new murals on the side of it’s flagship store in Manhattan Beach. It is exciting to see the sneaker company engage with public art through thie project. The murals were designed by Rachel Rodi, and completed by a team of 14.

 

On the side of the building, a sting ray, a shark, and an octopus swim in an homage to the Roundhouse Aquarium, while the other depicts Manhattan Beach Pier at sunset.  

 

CEO Michael Greenberg spoke about the gift of public art, standing alongside the Manhattan Beach Mayor Amy Howorth. Thanks to the Manhattan Beach Planning Commission, the artwork was a condition of Skechers renovating the store. Howorth and Rodi both had front spots as Greenberg cut the ribbon to officially open the newly remodeled store.

 

 

Photo by Kevin Cody, easyreadernews.com

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Jacksonville's Public Art Week

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Jacksonville's Public Art Week

From April 1-7, Public Art Week will be “Building a Better Community” in Jacksonville, Florida. Hosted by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, this event is “an annual, week-long initiative that celebrates Jacksonville’s public art and highlights the benefits that are created when investments are made in art that is accessible by all.”

With over 25 presenters and 25 events, this week is proving to be a strong show of support for the arts.

 

A panel moderated by Emily Peck (Vice President of Private Sector Initiatives, Americans for the Arts) featured Hugh Greene (president and CEO of Baptist Health), Audra Wallace (CEO of the Downtown Investment Authority), Steven Grossman (CEO of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority), and Alicia Somers (financial wellness director for Regions Bank). Each discussed the value of private sector support for the arts and its transformative power.

 

While it might not seem that a hospital, an airport, and a bank would have much in common, all of them use the arts to create vibrant spaces for their staff, patients, and clients. Baptist Hospitals have long displayed artwork at each location, but are currently in talks with representatives from the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, the Cummer Museum of Art & Garden, and a sculptor to consult for pieces to be displayed in the newest site. Likewise, the Jacksonville International Airport (JIA) has a permanent collection, two galleries, and eight cases. Grossman also shared that there will also be regular performances by members of the Jacksonville Symphony. Regions Bank works with Fogle Fine Art and Accessories to find works for display in each branch.

 

In addition to support from the private sector, Greene and others encouraged the local government to provide more funding for the arts. After a drastic cut in January, the city has much work ahead to continue and develop the arts. In a city that is struggling with the implications of existing public art (memorials and statues of controversial histories), using art to create vibrant spaces is a step forward.

 

 

Photos by Toni Smailagic of Cre8Jax, courtesy of Jacksonville Cultural Council. 

You Can’t Spell Earth Day without ART!

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You Can’t Spell Earth Day without ART!

Just in time for Earth Day on April 22nd - as mentioned in the pARTnership Movement essay “Advancing Corporate Objectives and Strategies”, Subaru has taken to encouraging use of the arts to reiterate their corporate message.

 

Car manufacturer, Subaru, is a “zero landfill” company, meaning it sends none of its waste to landfills. In fact, the Subaru plant recycles 99.99% of its waste and considers its expertise in the area the art of reduce, reuse, and recycle! In 2015, Subaru decided to bring their expertise and zero landfill concept to the parks to reduce national waste with Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) apart of the pilot program.

 

Subaru has several techniques to prepare its waste for reuse or recycling, such as separating food waste for composting and sending the dust produced from weld slag to a recycling facility where copper and other metals are reclaimed. Over the years, Subaru has shared its zero landfill techniques with hundreds of businesses, schools and organizations to benchmark their own zero landfill goals.

 

In a recent collaboration with GTNP, Subaru presented an eco-centered arts challenge to FabLab students from Jackson Hole High School. (FabLab is shorthand for digital fabrication lab, an elective program that teaches students how to envision, design, and make innovative projects.) These students were invited to design concepts – fun, innovative, practicable, scalable.

 

Over a school year’s time, including observation of the recycling center and the park, the students developed concepts which they presented to a panel of Subaru and GTNP leadership. The panel selected two projects that will eventually be installed at GTNP – a recycling bin in the shape of a mountain range that uses clear imagery to aid visitors in self-sorting and “STREAM”, a large art installation that shows the amount of plastic bottle waste in a single day in the park.

 

This pARTnership not only helps the students imagine themselves as designers but, in keeping with Subaru’s eco-friendly messaging, helps remind the park’s visitors about their impact on the environment.

 

 

Photo: Models of the STREAM project conceived by Jackson Hole High School students.

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BCA 10 Honoree on the Economic Impact of Public Art

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BCA 10 Honoree on the Economic Impact of Public Art

“I believe that a community’s economic vitality and quality of life are directly proportionate to its commitment to and investment in arts and culture. The arts provides a powerful economic return.” – Joe Ritchey, Principal, Prospective Inc.

 

For Joe Ritchey of Prospective Inc., a one-person commercial real-estate brokerage and consulting firm in Reston, VA that has been selected as a BCA 10 honoree this year for partnering with the arts, having a thriving local arts scene is an essential part of his company’s success and the city’s growth. Not only does Prospective lease office space in Reston Town Center, Ritchey has also been instrumental in transforming Reston Town Center into a vibrant public space with outdoor concerts and public art.

 

In his recent post on Americans for the Arts’ ARTSblog, Ritchey discusses how public art has helped transform Reston into a place where people want to live and work.

 

Join us for a webinar on September 9 at 3 p.m. ET to hear Ritchey talk more about public art’s economic return. He will be joined by the Director of the Initiative for Public Art– Reston (IPAR), an organization which he founded.

 

Learn more about IPAR by watching this video, which was part of "Reston: The Art of Community," displayed at Dulles International Airport in 2014.

 

 

Photo: © Initiative for Public Art – Reston.

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Shake Shack Reaches New Heights in Center City

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Shake Shack Reaches New Heights in Center City

At Americans for the Arts, we know that public art instills meaning—a greater sense of identity and understanding of where we live, work, and visit—creating memorable experiences for all. Throughout the United States, businesses are participating in public art projects as a way to partner with the whole city.

 

Philadelphia’s Center City Shake Shack and the city’s Mural Arts program joined forces in summer 2014 to bring a large public mural to the previously blank wall above the restaurant. Mural Arts has been the official charity partner of the Shake Shack location since it opened three years ago, with 5 percent of the sale of the Center City Pretzel frozen custard concrete going to Mural Arts, but through this project, the partnership reached new heights.

 

David Guinn, a Philadelphia based artist, was commissioned to create the mural entitled Summer Rendezvous, which depicts a colorful green-space featuring a young boy on a ladder handing an ice cream cone to a girl in a window. Guinn drew inspiration from the original wall of greenery that surrounded the location during Shake Shack’s construction and the plants that grow on the restaurant’s roof. Shake Shack’s press release states, “Reinforced by the plantings that decorate the roof year-round, the mural presents a fantasy of plants growing up the building wall, framing the whimsical encounter between the children.”

 

According to Mural Arts’ website, the organization “was first established in 1984 as part of the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network’s effort to eradicate the city’s graffiti crisis. Artist Jane Golden was hired to reach out to graffiti writers and redirect their energies to constructive public art projects. In addition to addressing the problem of graffiti, Mural Arts’ collective mural-making processes proved to be a powerful tool for generating dialogue, building relationships, empowering communities, and sparking economic revitalization.”

 

Shake Shack’s arts and business partnership brought community members together. Philadelphians were invited to take part in a public paint day to help create this new must-see destination in the city, and a public dedication ceremony was held in December.

 

Is there a local business that helped bring public art to your community? We want to hear from you. Share your story by email or by using #ArtsandBiz on Twitter.

 

Learn more about public art throughout the United States.
 

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TD Bank Greenifies NYC with Art for Trees

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TD Bank Greenifies NYC with Art for Trees

(Image courtesy of Ads of the World.)

 

Last month, TD Bank paired up with MillionTreesNYC, a borough-wide effort to secure urban forests, by planting and maintaining a million trees throughout the city. A group of ten artists commissioned by the bank and selected by art curator Bridgette Mayer have created original tree-inspired works to be displayed in the windows of New York’s 115 branches.

 

The campaign is a creative way for TD Bank to reiterate its commitments to environmental sustainability. Targeting environmentalists, artists, and of course, New Yorkers, Art for Trees is a way for TD Bank to engage and enhance the community. 

 

In conjunction with the campaign, TD Bank released a series of videos of each of the artists speaking about their work on the project and environmental awareness. Eileen Neff, whose photographs are included in the campaign, was particularly pleased with TD Bank’s social and environmental stewardship, explained, “I read a lot about [TD Bank], and it was kind of stunning what they’re doing.”

 

The original artworks will be shown at pop-up galleries around the city. Proceeds from the sale of the original pieces will be distributed to the New York Restoration Project, Friends of the High Line, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Trees New York.

 

The Art for Trees campaign notes, “Art finds a cause. Green finds a way. And we’re one step further in coloring the communities we serve.”

 

For more information on Art for Trees, visit TDForestsNYC.com.

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AC Entertainment Not Only Presents, but Partners with the Arts

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Praised by Rolling Stone as “one of the 50 moments that changed the history of rock ‘n roll,” the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival features more than 150 artists and attracts an audience of 80,000 each year. Since 2002, the festival has presented the highest-quality musicians ranging in style from bluegrass, jazz, folk, country, reggae, blues, electronic, hip-hop, Latin, African, and more. The 100-acre entertainment village of Bonnaroo is a cultural hub, comprised of art installations, a comedy club, movie theatre, street performers, silent disco, arcade, beer garden, technology village and an impressive array of food and shopping. The brains behind the operation? AC Entertainment, a 2014 BCA 10 honoree.

 

AC Entertainment not only presents the arts, but partners with the arts as well. The company has partnered with the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority on a program known as Arts at the Airport, designed to turn the airport terminal and surrounding facilities into a space for rotating public art exhibits and permanent acquisitions.

 

“A part of the Bonnaroo founding mission is to emphasize the impact that the festival has on creativity in both the visual and live performance arts,” said Ashley Capps, CEO of AC Entertainment, in an interview with Pollstar. “The Arts at the Airport is an ever-growing, ever-changing showcase of cultural diversity and creative talent in Tennessee, and we’re proud to have the festival represented on such a grand scale.”

 

In 2014, AC Entertainment called for artists to submit Bonnaroo-inspired artworks, selecting 3 to be installed in the airport concourses (shown below). The overhanging displays are a powerful presence that engage travelers and promote the festival in a new way, offering a creative marketing solution for AC Entertainment that brings together local artists, festival goers, and the community.

 

Concourse A

"EYEZ on Bonnaroo" by Peat Wollaeger

Concourse B

"Amaranth Tactical Co-Mission: AK- BNA1 and AK-BNA2" by AK Llamas

Concourse C

"Just a Perfect Day" by Carla Ciuffo

"Spectrum Wind" by Duncan McDaniel

(Images courtesy of Bonnaroo.com.)

 

The 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has concluded for this year, but the airport installations will remain until January 2015. They stand as a reflection of AC Entertainment’s arts partnerships that have become intertwined with the company’s core mission and values.

 

For more information on AC Entertainment and the company's support of the arts through its various festivals and events, visit ACEntertainment.com.

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