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Influenced by the Arts

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These businesses and business leaders make space for the arts.

 

 

iPic Entertainment, manager of movie theaters, restaurants, bars, and bowling alleys that exist to make a difference in people’s lives by delivering innovative hospitality and memorable experiences, has infused visual art (installations and gallery-style hangings) into the customer experience. Watch the iPic Life video above featuring Li-Hill about how he develops his work that is currently featured at the iPic Fulton Market New York location. More on iPic Life artists can be found here.

 

Video: iPic Theaters

 

New Beginnings Barber Shop has combined fine art with the art of barbering. This barber shop is also a gallery where an impressive collection of African-American art, as well as new installations by local and national artists can be found. Hear from owner Troy Staton and see more photos from this unique shop in Baltimore here.

 

Photo: Andre Chung for NBC News

 

Steve Conine, CEO of online home furnishings store Wayfair, spends his downtime ice sculpting. Though his daily corporate role primarily involves software, he does acknowledge the valuable result of his creative activity, “It helps me prioritize and take calculated risks. When I’m carving slippery ice, my ability to manage risk is critical."

 

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Banking on The Arts

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In the world of arts funding, the star roles are played by banks, with the lead role in the hands of Bank of America Corporation, 2012 BCA 10 honoree. As a Founding Member of the Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC and Global Sponsor of the Chicago Symphony, Bank of America’s arts scope reigns vast and inclusive. In fact, twenty-two percent of performing arts organizations have reported a partnership with Bank of America.

 

As such, bank partnerships with arts don’t stop there. KMPG, US Bank (2015 BCA 10 honoree), and JPMorgan Chase round out the top 5 art-sponsoring banks, each partnering with 11% of performing arts organizations. With astounding numbers like these, it’s clear to see how an IEG research led to the conclusion that banks are 11.4 times more likely to sponsor the performing arts than the average of all sponsors. Here are the banks that are following suit, with the percentage of arts organizations they are involved with:

 

 

Furthermore, the study illustrated that the amount given to the arts—both visual and performing—has been steadily increasing and is projected to reach a total of $970 million for this year. In this way, Bank of America and its supporting cast are not only making themselves known, they are truly creating a legacy teaming with vitality and vibrant culture.

 

(All numbers and image are taken from IEG research findings)

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The Art of Pizza in NYC

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The Art of Pizza in NYC

When a love of art and Italian food combine, the result is delizioso. In 2011, local entrepreneurs and Neapolitan food purveyors Bruno Cilio and Dario Cipollaro de l’Ero opened a combination restaurant and art gallery, PizzArte, located steps from the Museum of Modern Art.

 

PizzArte curator Sunny Shin, who also curates for Coohaus and Gallery Ho, rotates pieces for the gallery every four to six months, displaying pieces from prominent Italian and international artists. Two such talents are sculptors and painters Paola Romano, who has exhibited at the Venetian Biannual, and Lello Esponito, who has shown in the United States, Italy, and Spain.

 

The art features help PizzArte convey the restaurant’s emphasis on quality and craftsmanship. “The idea was to create a place that wasn’t just going to feed your stomach, but your mind,” said owner Bruno Cilio to a DNAinfo reporter. Cilio firmly believes that fine art should be experienced on more than just gallery walls. He views the restaurant as “less a business venture than a way to celebrate the art, food and traditions of home,” the article states.

 

PizzArte’s owners draw connections between the hand-painted art on the restaurant’s walls and the hand-made artisan pizzas in their kitchen. The hope is that customers will feel engaged with the work on display, “providing an opportunity to intimately engage with it and to have the feeling of actually living with art.”

 

Photo: PizzArte Facebook page. 

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Planning a Meeting? Don’t forget the Art!

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Planning a Meeting? Don’t forget the Art!

Expectations are changing in the world of corporate meetings. Nearly two-thirds of the meeting planners polled in Successful Meetings’ 2016 Trends Survey said the ‘need to create a compelling meeting experience for attendees’ is now key to creating effective meetings in 2016.

 

According to Mark Cooper, CEO of the International Association of Conference Centers, “a compelling media experience” might mean a teambuilding exercise or other experiential learning experience, or an opportunity to volunteer in the host community. In light of this trend, many hotels and conference centers throughout the United States are curating art experiences for meeting attendees—often in partnership with local artists or museums—that provide exposure to the city’s unique culture.

 

For example, according to an article on SuccessfulMeetings.com, the Westin Cleveland Downtown’s art collection now features pieces curated by local artists that evokes the Cuyahoga River and incorporates tree branches reclaimed from the construction of the Cleveland Innerbelt Bridge. “Our art collection enhances our guests’ overall experience by showcasing exceptional pieces that provide an intimate look and immediate understanding of the community they’re visiting,” says Karen Troyer, director of sales and marketing for Westin Cleveland.

 

Here are five other great examples:

 

  • Event planners Shackman and Associates New York organizes events for meeting attendees that challenge them to tap into their own creativity at local art studios.
  • The Hilton Anatole in Dallas offers a curated “art dine-around,” which pairs the hotel’s art pieces with food and beverage items from their country of origin, as well as an art scavenger hunt.
  • The Conrad Indianapolis offers guided tours of its art collection and often invites the artist to present his or her work to the group. At a recent Young Presidents’ Organization meeting, the hotel’s culinary team created a menu inspired by the art in the group’s meeting spaces.
  • Cleveland’s The Metropolitan at The 9 features an art studio and rotating gallery as part of its new Artist in Residency program.
  • Destination marketing company Alaska Destination Specialists Inc. recruits native Alaskan artists to offer working craft tables or booths to showcase sewing, beading, and carving skills.

 

“Absolutely, return on investment is critical,” says Carlson Wagonlit Travel Meetings & Events VP Cindy Fisher, “but so is ensuring that it’s an impactful event experience for those attendees.”

 

Have you incorporated the arts into your corporate meetings or attended a meeting that featured an art experience? We want to hear from you! Tell us about it on Twitter using #ArtsandBiz or email us at partnership@artsusa.org.

 

Photo credit: The Westin Hotel in Cleveland by LAND studio. Photo by Ricky Rhodes.

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DC Doodler Wins Big at Google

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DC Doodler Wins Big at Google

Akilah Johnson, a 10th grader from Washington, D.C., dreams of becoming a CSI detective and starting an arts and crafts studio for kids. Google is helping her reach those dreams by naming her the winner of the United States’ 2016 Doodle 4 Google competition for young artists, which comes with a $30,000 college scholarship, a Chromebook, and an Android tablet, among other prizes.

 

Johnson’s design, which was featured on Google’s homepage on March 21, 2016, represents this year’s contest theme of "What makes me...me." by showcasing her African American heritage. Her design was selected from 100,000 K-12 student submissions by celebrity judges including Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, soccer player and Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan, actors Julie Bowen and B.J. Novak, and others.

 

According to an article in USA Today, five student finalists were invited to Google's headquarters for the announcement. They were invited to participate in workshops with the doodle team and contest judges such as astronaut Yvonne Cagle and animator Glenn Keane. The competition has been held every year since 2008.

 

"Doodle 4 Google gave me an understanding of why art matters and why MY art matters—it’s because it speaks to people," Johnson said. "No matter the differences we have, everyone is touched by all art in some way."

 

In addition to the scholarship, Johnson’s school, Eastern Senior High School, will be awarded a $50,000 education-technology grant from Google.

 

“Exposure to the arts develops an invaluable and intrinsic link to creative thinking and innovation,” said Dennis Hwang, Google's founding Doodler and creator of the Google 4 Doodle competition, when he received Art in Action's innaugural Art Visionary Award in 2015. “For me, creativity and science have always gone hand in hand. My unique career trajectory at Google developed as a result of having studied both art and computer science.”

 

Photo of Akilah Johnson from Google.

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Van Gogh to Chicago with Airbnb

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Van Gogh to Chicago with Airbnb

The Art Institute of Chicago has created a 3D replica of Vincent van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles painting in an apartment building in Chicago and is inviting the public to stay overnight for $10 through Airbnb.

 

According to an article in The Guradian, "The surreal Airbnb listing was created as part of a new exhibition, Van Gogh’s Bedrooms, which brings together the three paintings of the same name that the artist created while living in 'The Yellow House' in Arles, Provence." The exhibit will also feature drawings, illustrated letters, and books from the artist's collection.

 

Reservations are booking up quickly, and the Art Institute is announcing available dates on its social media pages as part of its marketing efforts.

 

Airbnb also develops its own artful sleepover events, including a night on Ellis Island and a VIP package for the Greatful Dead's Fare Thee Well tour.

 

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Architecture Firms in DC Compete at Canstruction

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Architecture Firms in DC Compete at Canstruction

Some of the best arts and business partnerships are ones in which businesses incorporate the arts as part of other charitable efforts. For example, architects in DC collaborated with their colleagues on a creative project this past November to raise awareness about hunger in the city. At the Washington Architectural Foundation's annual Canstruction event, teams created structures made of full cans of food that were then donated to charity. According to Greatergreaterwashington.org, this year's theme was transportation, which resulted in replicas of the Metro map, Washington Dulles International airport, and a Car2Go from firms such as KCCT Architects and Barnes Vanze Architects. Through this year's event, the firms donated a total of 68,313 pounds of food plus $5,070 in “votes” for the Capital Area Food Bank, resulting in 69,600 meals--27.600 more meals than the event raised in 2014.

 

Canstruction® is an Atlanta, Georgia based charity which hosts competitions, exhibitions and events showcasing colossal structures made out of full cans of food. After the structures are built, the cansculptures® go on display to the public as a giant art exhibition. At the end of the event, all food is donated to local hunger relief organizations. Canstruction® events are held annually in over 150 cities around the world including North America, Australia, South America, Europe, and Asia.

 

Not only does Canstruction challenge architects to think creatively, enabling them to work collaboratively with their coworkers and hone their design skills in a fun way, but it also allows the businesses to give back to the community where their employees and customers live and work. For these firms, Canstruction is about more than just building a map or a car, it's about building a brand.

 

Photos: A DC Metro map and Can2Go by nevermindtheend on Flickr.

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What’s Trending: Attracting & Engaging Creative Talent with Art in the Workplace

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What’s Trending: Attracting & Engaging Creative Talent with Art in the Workplace

 

According to an article published by Fast Company, some of America’s most desirable companies for prospective employees share a creative culture enhanced by art as a common dominator. This culture attracts creative candidates who help the companies remain innovative. Facebook, IDEO, and Virgin America, for example, boast inspiring workspaces and provide activities that build community among employees and encourage fresh perspectives.

 

At IDEO, a design and consulting firm, employees encounter multiple personal projects lining the hallways, from a mural of Instagram photos to a mystery project in the making comprised of discarded items donated from staff. IDEO is “intentionally creating moments—spaces, walls to draw on, the piano, culture-building events—to [help employees] bring their whole selves to the workplace," says managing director Clark Scheffy. This sentiment is articulated in the company’s “Little Book of Ideo,” which illustrates the company’s cultural values.

 

Virgin America’s office and terminals are consistent with the company’s popular “party” brand—guests and employees are greeted with rock music and freshly cut flowers.

 

Facebook’s sparse office workspace is punctuated by larger than life art installations and murals created by rotating artists-in-residence. According to Drew Bennet who runs the program, “it’s allowing the community that is already engaged in so much creativity to have a reference, a backdrop of their reality, in a more tactile way." The company also offers employees the chance to participate in workshops for learning hands-on artistic endeavors, such as print making and wood working. By facilitating these classes, Facebook develops workplace skills that go beyond the computer screen.

 

"When I see designers pushing their personal edges, I get extremely excited," says Scheffy. "Of course, it's terrifying as well, and I prefer for it to happen at the beginning of a project when working with a client so we can recover and redirect if we need. But I constantly seek that magic space where we are challenged and pushing our limits. That's where the best work happens."

 

Photo: IDEO's Chicago office.

 

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A Latte Art at Your Local Coffee Shop

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Next time you’re handed a latte with a beautifully constructed foam leaf on top, consider this—creativity is one of the most sought-after skills by employers. What draws employers to hire creative thinkers in business also applies to the coffee-shop. A recent study conducted by Oxford psychologists and published in the Journal of Sensory Studies shows that people are willing to pay 13 percent more for a cup of coffee with a dash of design mixed in.

 

Despite this public revelation, senior director of the Specialty Coffee Association of America Peter Giuliano claims that the price of artful drinks won’t be going up anytime soon. He explains that latte art is “part of a holistic approach to quality,” and not just fuel for your next Instagram post.

 

According to an interview with CityLab, Giuliano views latte art as the final link in a production chain that stretches all the way back to the farm on which the coffee was grown. “There's farmers who work on building the flavor of coffee, there's roasters who try to reveal the work of the farmers, and there's coffee buyers [who] find and select and describe the coffee,” he says. “But then it's a barista's job to make it appealing to the consumer. The chain behind them relies on baristas to communicate those things.”

 

The same could be said about many businesses. An artful product presentation gives customers the impression that the same care and precision was part of the entire lifecycle of the product. For businesses looking for a competitive advantage, it’s worth noting that when arts and business mix, the public pays heed.

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Art Comes to Coney Island

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Art Comes to Coney Island

Coney Island – an iconic summer destination best known for its beach and amusement park, will now also be known for its art. This spring, street artists partnered with New York City based real estate development and investment firm Thor Equities to transform an empty lot in the center of Coney Island into the new Coney Island Art Walls. The summer-long project was conceived by founder of Thor Equities and Coney Island native, Joseph Sitt, who hoped to bring arts to the community, help revitalize the boardwalk, and promote economic development.

 

According to Sitt, “Coney Island has struggled for decades and lost a lot of the sparkle that once drew millions each summer from New York and beyond. In the long term, we aspire to return the luster to Coney and bring it back to being a playground not just for New Yorkers, but for the world.”

 

Featuring the illustrated works of more than 30 local and international artists, the 50,000 square foot space has murals ranging from the work of local studio artist Jane Dickson to pieces from well-known international artists such as the Belgian artist, ROA. The wide spectrum of artist backgrounds is reflective of the diverse population of beach goers who visit Coney Island’s each summer.

 

Thor Equities has been involved in several real estate development projects on Brooklyn’s southern-most neighborhood, and feels committed to honoring Coney Island’s past while preserving its future. “Coney Art Walls is the next exciting step in our ongoing plans to help restore the vitality of Coney Island, and build on our successes in the neighborhood.”Sitt believes now is the perfect time for a project of this caliber. “In 2014, Coney Island recorded its best season in decades, with more than 11.45 million people visiting the beach and boardwalk.”

 

The art walls were curated by Jeffrey Deitch, the former director of the Museum of Contemporary Art and an art dealer in New York. You can see several murals as well ascommissioned works and community walls from renowned artists Shepard Fairey, Daze, Crash, Futura, Lady Pink, How & Nosm, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, and Kenny Scharf.

With the programmatic and promotional help of the Coney Island Museum, the project site was also home to events and music programming throughout the summer, including Coney Smorgasburg, which features 12 diverse food vendors and a bar serving craft beer and wine.

 

Thor Equities hopes that the impact of Coney Island Art Walls on the neighborhood will endure beyond summertime. This concept is perhaps best captured by the text at the bottom of Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s mural titled Coney Island Portraits: "The day before Easter, and the day after Labor Day – people still live here. People die here. People love here."

 

*Photo by Martha Cooper

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