Americans for the Arts is excited to honor Zions Bank at the BCA 10 Gala on October 2, 2018 in New York City. Click here to learn more about the BCA10.
“There are many similarities between the arts and business. Both push the envelope of human creativity, intellect, energy, and promise. Both seek to motivate, to produce, to achieve excellence, to grow, to unite. So, as we build an enduring platform for economic success in our communities, we need to ensure that both business and the arts flourish.”
-- Scott Anderson, President and CEO, Zions Bank
Founded in Utah in 1873, Zions Bank began supporting cultural institutions in the 1890s. Nearly 150 years later, Zions Bank operates more than 120 branches in 3 different states and continues to be an integral part of the communities they serve. They are fortunate to be part of an environment where arts and culture are prioritized; according to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Utah ranks as the state with the highest attendance at museum and theatre events, and number two in art exhibit attendance. Given the state’s robust arts scene, it is only natural that businesses such as Zions Bank are allies of the arts themselves.
Among Zions Bank’s guiding principles is a commitment to creating value for the communities it serves, and the company understands that the arts are a way to achieve this goal. Traveling arts and cultural exhibits, often showcasing local artists, are displayed in branch offices. For 20 years, Zions Bank and the Natural History Museum of Utah have partnered to host a rotating exhibit highlighting native artwork and crafts. Zions Bank itself has an extensive collection of more than 3,800 original works by regional artists.
Employees engage with the arts through volunteer opportunities and workplace giving. Current staff sit on the boards of the Utah Arts Council, Ballet West, Utah Symphony |Utah Opera, Pioneer Memorial Theatre, Basque Museum in Idaho, The Leonardo Museum, Hale Centre Theatre, The Utah Film Center, Sun Valley Film Festival, Sundance Institute, and the Utah Anime Promotions, among many others.
Private banking clients are invited to an exclusive annual art show, which features the work of local artists who are also clients of Zions Bank. After 20 years of successful art shows, branches in Boise, Idaho and Provo, Utah have begun hosting their own events. Customers can also win tickets to performances, Sundance Film Festival screenings, and other arts events. Community, Zions Bank’s lifestyle magazine, offers complimentary advertising to many of its arts partners, in addition to allocating space for arts-related articles. Other advertising and branding partnerships have formed over the years, with Ballet West appearing in an advertisement that aired at local movie theaters.
Utah Symphony performes in Moab, UT; courtesy, Zions Bank
The arts play a key role in Zions Bank’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. The Diversity Business Forums gather at least quarterly, often to experience arts-related programming prior to a networking reception. Past sponsored events have included a multimedia poetry reading by “The Cosby Show” star Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who recited Langston Hughes’ epic poem “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz.”
In recognition of their support, Zions Bank was a BCA 10 honoree in 2008. Since then, CEO Scott Anderson has also received arts awards from the Utah Cultural Alliance and the Utah Governor Gary Herbert. Zions Bank is committed to continuing its work as a strong supporter and advocate for the arts.
Nominated by Utah Cultural Alliance