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Minnesota Artists Featured in New Football Stadium Construction

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A football stadium may not strike you as the most obvious setting for a multi-sector initiative promoting the arts, but U.S. Bank Stadium, where the Minnesota Vikings play, will soon become home to more than five hundred works of contemporary art. The initiative began when the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) and the Minnesota Vikings partnered with Sports and The Arts (SATA) to develop a robust art-collection that could “connect Minnesotans with the stadium project […] and showcase Minnesota artists,” says MSFA chair Michele Kelm-Helgen.

 

The project recently announced the names of 34 local artists who have been commissioned to contribute to the collection, which will eventually boast 500 pieces of art. The artistic talent ranges from professionals whose work has been displayed at The Getty to art students at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

 

The project is part of a larger effort to connect the stadium’s construction to all Minnesotans, not just Vikings fans. Vikings owner Mark Wilf claims that this arts initiative connects the community by “[continuing] the theme of utilizing Minnesota companies and individuals throughout the design and construction of U.S. Bank Stadium.”

 

Read more about the project here and check out the video below.

 

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Pro sports could be your arts organization’s next power play

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Banks, industrial manufacturers, energy and technology giants—these often become the “usual suspects” when arts organizations seek to build partnerships with businesses. But for some arts organizations, a major opportunity may lie the unlikeliest of industries—professional sports.

 

According to a recent Forbes article, professional sports, as a North American industry, generated a whopping $53.6 billion in 2012 and is expected to rise to $67.7 billion by 2017. This provides terrific potential for arts organizations to look within their own backyards at their local professional sports teams as possible strategic partners. In the spirit of the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII, let’s examine this idea through the lens of the National Football League (NFL) and rival Super Bowl rival teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos, who have each integrated the arts into the investments they are making within their respective communities.

 

The mission of the NFL Foundation is to support the health and safety of today’s youth and improvement of the communities in which its players and fans live. The arts play a key role. The Foundation recently announced a $1 million grant to the New York-New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee’s Snowflake Youth Foundation, which funds charitable projects throughout New York and New Jersey, many of which provide visual art, dance and drama programs for youth. Additionally, for nearly 20 years, the NFL has supported the Youth Education Town (YET) program. Similar to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, YET Centers provide after-school activities for school-age children, many of which are heavily arts-focused. YET Centers are launched with a $1 million Super Bowl Legacy Grant from NFL Charities that is matched by the Super Bowl Host community.

 

CenturyLink Field, home to the Seattle Seahawks, began its Stadium Art Project in 1998. 12 artists and projects were selected from hundreds of submissions. The artworks, now on display, have turned the stadium into a veritable gallery space featuring $2 million worth of art. Works include Bob Haozous’ installation on the stadium’s North Tower, assembled from four 24-foot-diameter painted steel discs, intended as a constant reminder of our deep connection to the earth. Additionally, the Seahawks support the Experience Music Project (EMP), a Seattle museum dedicated to contemporary popular culture. (Photo courtesy of CenturyLink Field.)

 

Mike Flood, director of community relations for the Seattle Seahawks, describes the team’s partnership with InvestEd, an organization that provides funding to support the efforts of secondary schools throughout Washington state: “We donate auction items to causes supporting the arts. Our primary focus is on the healthy development of youth through athletic and academic programs. 100% of proceeds from Seahawks license plate sales (after state of WA costs) go to InvestED.  They give money to students in 660 schools statewide to pay for extracurricular activities such as art, music and sports.”

The Denver Broncos have invested in the arts by building and supporting organizations and programs that serve the greater Denver community. For example, in 2003, the Broncos opened the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver, which, among its many services, provides art programming intended to develop creativity and cultural awareness in young people through knowledge and appreciation of visual arts and crafts, performing arts, and creative writing. The Club has a dedicated cultural arts room, offering classes in music, drama, fine arts, crafts, photography, woodworking and more.

 

According to the 2013 BCA National Survey of Business Support for the Arts, 66% percent of companies surveyed admit to never having been asked to support the arts, which means there are still resources yet to be tapped by arts organizations. Look beyond the “usual suspects” and consider a partnership with your local professional sports team. No matter who you are rooting for in Sunday’s game, recognize that the professional sports industry and the support it provides, particularly through partnerships with the arts, can be the best play your team can make to improving the vibrancy and vitality of your community.

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The Dallas Cowboys bring art to gameday through the Dallas Cowboys Art Program

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The Dallas Cowboys bring art to gameday through the Dallas Cowboys Art Program

(Photo credit: Franz Ackerman, "Coming Home and (Meet Me) at the Waterfall (2009)", acrylic on wall, courtesy of Dallas Art Program.)

 

Continuing our pro sports week salute to Super Bowl XLVIII, we present the Dallas Cowboys Art Program.

 

In 2009, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and his wife, Gene, began the Dallas Cowboys Art Program, which has grown to include 55 artworks by 39 artists showcased throughout the team’s $1.3 billion AT&T Stadium. The contemporary art collection was personally selected by the Jones family to enhance each fan’s experience at the stadium. The Joneses have since partnered with Big Thought, a Dallas-based nonprofit educational organization, to turn the stadium into a giant classroom through which students can learn about art, architecture and engineering.

 

Read the full story of the Jones family's vision and view incredible images of the collection in the Dallas Cowboys Art Program Guest Guide at DallasCowboys.com.

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ArtsKC and the Kansas City Chiefs highlight intersects between art and sports

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ArtsKC and the Kansas City Chiefs highlight intersects between art and sports

(Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Chiefs.)

 

Continuing our week-long series devoted to arts and the business of professional sports (in the spirit of Super Bowl XLVIII), the following video clip from our friends at ArtsKC highlights the many similarities between art and sports, in this case, the Kansas City Chiefs and the many outstanding Kansas City arts organizations whose work contributed to the footage. As they so appropiately put it,  "Not all great theatre happens on a stage."

 

 

Since 2012, the Kansas City Chiefs has sponsored the Kansas City Chiefs Art Program, an initiative supporting the celebration of regional art. Artworks, submitted by artists throughout the Midwest with specific emphasis on Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma and Arkansas, are displayed throughout Arrowhead Stadium, including club areas, reception areas, corridors, and other interior locations, along with select exterior locations. Sharon Hunt Munson, director of the program designed to help promote regional culture, states, “Arrowhead is not only a great venue for football, but is also an iconic entertainment destination in the Midwest. We are looking forward to working with local and regional artists to display artwork at Arrowhead that celebrates the Midwestern culture that the Chiefs and our family have been proud to be a part of for the last five decades.”

 

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Museums and the art of football

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In the spirit of Super Bowl XLVIII, the pARTnership Movement will be dedicating this week's news posts to arts and the business of professional sports. Ready, set, hike! (Photo by Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick, courtesy of Crain’s New York Business.)

 

Reaching new and diverse audiences is the name of the game. In the following article from Crain’s New York Business, Theresa Agovino gives an inside look at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Gridiron Greats,” a vintage football card exhibit and an annual favorite among fans and nostalgists. Other New York arts organizations are also gearing up for the game, including the Children's Museum of Manhattan who has teamed up with the NFL for an exhibit entitled “You Make the Call: Learn to Be an NFL Official,” and the Harlem Fine Arts Show, which is featuring a section with creations made by current and former NFL players as well as football and Super Bowl-themed works by students from schools across the New York Metropolitan area.

 

Read the full article at Crain’s New York Business:

 

Museums and the art of football

 

Fans and art lovers can find out more about these arts and pro football partnerships at the following pages:

 

 

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