On October 11th, business and arts leaders gathered at the iconic Central Park Boathouse in New York City to honor the best businesses partnering with the arts in America at the annual BCA 10 Awards. Now in its 13th year, this black-tie gala presented by Americans for the Arts’ Business Committee for the Arts brought an evening of stories and musical performances that showcased the great gain in the business and arts communities coming together.
The companies recognized this year join an illustrious list of honorees who are transforming their businesses and their communities by partnering with the arts to foster innovation, engage employees, and contribute to the health and quality of local life. This year’s BCA 10 honorees are:
The night kicked off with a cocktail hour for attendees overlooking the Central Park Lake, and was followed by award presentations, dinner, and musical performances. Each BCA honoree was presented with an original inscribed piece of glass from the artists at Rosetree Glass. Broadway, film, and tv star Santino Fontana, performed jazzy tunes and a few from his performance career. Cellist Derek Loue, student at the Juilliard School of Music, gave an enchanting solo performance.
Honorees 21c Museum Hotels, Halekulani Corporation, and The Betsy-South Beach come from the hotel industry. 21c Museum Hotels puts contemporary art at the heart of its experience. The company was founded by contemporary art collectors and preservationists who believe in the power of art to transform communities. Halekulani has created and developed a bespoke program of experiences for its guests and patrons, including its “For You, Everything” program, which invites guests to enjoy the cultural and arts offering on Oahu through VIP complimentary access and select private docent tours at some of the most famous and iconic arts and cultural institutions in the city. The Betsy Hotel—family-owned and independently operated—aims to capture and champion the power of community through its dedicated PACE (Philanthropy, Arts, Culture, and Education) program.
Cardinal Health, Houston Methodist, Humana Inc. and Kaiser Permanente Colorado come from the healthcare industry. Cardinal Health’s culture of giving back to the arts begins with chairman, CEO, and classically trained opera singer, George Barrett, who frequently says that the arts influence his leadership style. Houston Methodist’s programs of its Center for Performing Arts Medicine have expanded to include integration of the performing and visual arts into the hospital environment, where the power of the arts accelerate patient healing and provide holistic care. Humana prioritizes arts and health research by enlisting the support of creative economy producers and supports the arts through donations and volunteerism. Kaiser Permanente Colorado has supported the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, facilitating programming within the organization that cultivates employee creativity and connectedness
Guitar Center, widely known for its instrument and monetary support to more than 400 schools, music programs, charities, and nonprofit organizations each year. Magic Hat Brewing Company accepted their award with a spirited toast in the tradition of the company. Lincoln Financial Group has been a long-standing partner to the arts in the communities in which it has a major business presence, supporting many cornerstone organizations through the years.
UNIQLO and MoMA’s shared passion for quality, innovation, and spreading the joy of art around the world lends to their dynamic partnership and Raymond McGuire brings his style of humor, wit, intensity, and thoughtfulness to his work and that which touches the arts.
We are thankful to our sponsors, event attendees, performers, presenters, and nominators for contributing to such a successful night celebrating businesses that partner with the arts.
Nominations for the BCA 10 Awards open in November. We look forward to learning about the creative arts and business partnerships in your community.
(Left to Right) Robert Lynch, President & CEO, Americans for the Arts, Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, Studio Museum Harlem, and 2017 BCA Leadership honoree Raymond McGuire, Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking, Citi. Photo by Rana Faure.
Santino Fontana performs at the BCA 10 with Steven Fiefke on the piano. Photo by Rana Faure.
Peter Shaindlin, COO of Halekulani Corporation accepts a 2017 BCA 10 award.Photo by Rana Faure.