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Elevate the Work and the Walls

Posted by Jessica Gaines



When a company wants to say thanks and show appreciation to its employees, many companies consider office art competitions, corporate art collections, or staff-curated “The Best of Instagram” galleries for their break room. (Like 2016 BCA 10 winner’s employee Instagram wall above.)


Another way for a company to show that it cares and put creativity at the forefront of the work environment is by including art and creativity in the office design. Sounds easy! Let’s dive into some imaginative and inspired office looks:



Boldness and Distinction

Making a statement that sets a 

tone for the rest of the office

and work experience.









Photo: Courtesy Katz Interiors



Flexibility - Create areas that serve dual purposes (meeting areas or lounges) and by using less desks, can transition to spaces for future employees, contractors, interns, and more. Also, standing desks are begging to make your employees better thinkers!



Photo: Jasper Sandid



Greenery - Sometimes office creativity isn’t about crazy carpets and bright paint. Adding plant life as décor or even a living garden wall can amp up the employee engagement opportunities.




Photo: Franciso Nogueira


Sometimes office enhancements are as simple as unique and better lighting or hiring local artists to paint colorful murals. Anyone of these fresh looks are great ways to get employees and leadership in touch beyond the work. Employing artistic elements to establish an exceptional corporate culture and identity is a great way to elevate the work and the walls.


Top Photo: 2016 BCA 10 winner’s employee Instagram wall


Valuable and Unique Essays on Business and Arts pARTnerships

Posted by Jessica Gaines



All across the country, today’s most innovative businesses are using the arts to help them meet some of their most difficult and vital objectives. Americans for the Arts is proud to announce the complete pARTnership Movement essay series. These eight essays, with case studies that profile successful business-arts relationships, illustrate one of the 8 reasons businesses partner with the arts and are available here on The pARTnership Movement website. Click on a thumbnail above to download each essay.


Recruit and Retain Talent

Make your community – and your company – more attractive to current and future employees by partnering with arts organizations to create a vibrant cultural scene.


Put Your Company in the Spotlight

Build your market share, enhance your brand, and reach new customers by partnering with the arts to put your business in the spotlight.


Advance Corporate Objectives & Strategies

Use the arts to communicate important messages to customers, employees, and other stakeholders.


Foster Critical Thinking

Help employees stimulate the critical thinking needed to advance business goals by partnering with the arts.


Engage Your Employees

Use arts partnerships to inspire and engage employees so that they are able to achieve their full potential.


Embrace Diversity & Team Building

Facilitate the creation of a strong corporate culture that fosters creativity while providing opportunities for employees to strengthen interdepartmental relationships, exchange ideas and broaden their networks.


Say Thanks

Inspire your employees by providing access to arts experiences that show your appreciation for their contributions.


Contribute to the Economy & Quality of Life

The arts create jobs, spur urban renewal, attract new businesses, generate tourism revenue, and foster an environment that appeals to a skilled and educated workforce. By partnering with arts organizations, you can strengthen the health and vitality of our neighborhoods, cities, states, and nation.



For more information or to share your arts and business partnerships with Americans for the Arts pARTnership Movement, contact BCA Coordinator Jessica Gaines at  


Americans for the Arts Releases Sixth pARTnership Movement Essay: Saying Thanks

Posted by Chris Zheng

Americans for the Arts is proud to announce the sixth installment in The pARTnership Movement essay series: Say Thanks. The new release contains hard data, two notable case studies, and many reasons why the arts are a great way to show appreciation for your employees. The facts and figures are clear: the perfect way to inspire your employees is by providing access to arts experiences that show your appreciation for their contributions.


Each essay in the series, started in June 2015, illustrates one of The pARTnership Movement’s 8 reasons businesses partner with the arts, and has been a key tool in motivating and guiding sustainable, symbiotic partnerships between businesses and the arts. With advocacy points, quantifiable support, and guiding practices, the essay series is a great step forward in creating or developing a successful partnership which engages employees, enhances brands, and builds vibrant communities.


To view and download our Say Thanks essay and the rest of The pARTnership Movement’s essays and new items, visit


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