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Joe Ritchey Receives Recognition for his 2015 BCA Honor by Virginia State Senator Janet Howell

Posted by Jessica Gaines
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At a reception hosted by the Initiative of Public Art – Reston (IPAR), IPAR founder Joe Ritchey, was presented with a Resolution for his 2015 BCA 10 award for the vision and commitment to the arts associated with his firm Prospective, Inc., a one-person commercial real estate brokerage and consulting firm in Reston, VA.

 

 

Mr. Ritchey was presented with a Resolution from State Senator Janet Howell and Delegate Ken Plum.

 

Prospective, Inc. has worked on large-scale mixed-use developments in Fairfax County for more than 30 years. The Arts Council of Fairfax County says the thriving arts scene in Reston Town Center is part of Prospective’s brand and integrated into marketing and business development activities.  Ritchey is the driving force behind Prospective’s commitment to the arts. He has donated more than $1.1 million over the past 23 years to arts-related nonprofit organizations.

 

Congratulations to Mr. Ritchey and Prospective, Inc.

 

For more information on the national BCA 10 Awards presented by Americans for the Arts on October 5 at a black-tie gala at the Central Park Boathouse in New York City, visit www.americansforthearts.org/events/bca-10

 

(pictured above from left: Joe Ritchey, IPA President and Chair Maggie Parker, State Senator Janet Howell, and Delegate Ken Plum)

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U.S. Conference of Mayors Supports the pARTnership Movement

Posted by Emily Peck
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At the 80th Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Orlando, the Mayors adopted a resolution in support of the pARTnership Movement. 

 

ENCOURAGING BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE ARTS


WHEREAS, businesses play a key role in ensuring the health and vitality of the nation’s arts sector with nearly $3 billion in arts funding from small, midsize and large companies, (2010 Americans for the Arts’ Business Committee for the Arts Triennial Survey); and


WHEREAS, U.S. employers rate creativity/innovation among the top five job skills that will increase in importance over the next five years (Ready to Innovate); and


WHEREAS, 72% of businesses who contribute to the arts believe that supporting the arts can stimulate creative thinking, problem solving and team building (BCA Triennial Survey); and


WHEREAS, businesses, both those that now give to the arts and those that don’t, agree that arts can benefit them in several ways. 79% say the arts can increase name recognition and 74% say that the arts offer networking opportunities and the potential to develop new business. Half agree that arts support has the potential to increase their bottom line; and


WHEREAS, when businesses partner with local arts organizations, they partner with the whole city because the arts are essential to the health and vitality of neighborhoods, cities, states and our nation. They enhance community development, create jobs, spur urban renewal, attract new businesses, draw tourism dollars, and create an environment that attracts skilled and educated workers; and


WHEREAS, the Business Committee for the Arts Executive Board comprised of corporate CEOs affirms the role of the arts in advancing communities and business goals; and


WHEREAS, the partnership Movement, a new public service advertising and resource campaign from Americans for the Arts is designed to provide businesses and arts organizations with the resources they need to make meaningful collaborations—partnerships that not only support a healthy, creative, and artistic community, but that also give businesses a competitive advantage.


WHEREAS, The partnership Movement demonstrates how arts partnerships help businesses enhance the critical thinking and creative skills of their workforce. It also prepares arts organizations to partner with businesses in new and innovative ways to advance business goals and enhance communities.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, The United States Conference of Mayors urges local businesses and arts organizations to collaborate more together and get involved with the partnership Movement.

 

Read all of the adopted resolutions here.

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