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Embracing Diversity by Supporting the Arts
“At BBVA Compass, we recognize and respect diversity of thought, and we believe that the varied backgrounds of everyone lead to unique ideas, opinions, and beliefs, all of which add value to our organization. Our hope is that as our organization flourishes, so will the communities around us.” –BBVA Compass diversity statement.
BBVA Compass, a leading U.S. banking franchise, is committed to ensuring the availability of a broad array of artistic opportunities that reflect the diversity of the community, and it has been influential in bringing art from around the world to the communities it serves. BBVA Compass was named one of the BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in 2014.
As the director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra’s (HSO) board of trustees, Manolo Sánchez, chairman and CEO of BBVA Compass assisted in creating programs and initiatives that resonate with Hispanic communities and also helped to establish the Houston Symphony Hispanic Leadership Council. Using the HSO Council as a model, BBVA Compass has initiated similar diversity programs in partnership with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the New Mexico Dance Institute, among other cultural institutions.
In fall 2015, BBVA Compass contributed $8 million to the new Glassell School of Art, part of a massive makeover of the 14-acre Museum of Fine Arts, Houston campus. Manolo Sánchez said, "The expansion of the campus is providing an opportunity for the Latin American collection to be exhibited. The museum has the strongest Latin American collection in the world. That's also a great opportunity to connect with Latinos and the Hispanic community in town, when they see their heritage being part of this serious art space." In 2013, BBVA Compass and the BBVA Compass Foundation also sponsored the museum’s “Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado” exhibition, which included more than 100 European paintings and etchings from Spain’s Museo Nacional del Prado.
In 2015, BBVA Compass also supported the creation of the musicians-in-residence program at Crespo Elementary School in Southeast Houston, a joint venture by the Houston Independent School District and Houston Symphony. The program brings two musicians from the Houston Symphony to Crespo, a fine arts magnet school that is 95 percent economically disadvantaged and 97 percent Hispanic.
Not only does BBVA use the arts to celebrate diversity in the communities it serves, but also within its own offices. A 36-piece collection of abstract sculptures and paintings is displayed throughout BBVA Compass Plaza in Houston. In 2013, the company displayed a Volkswagen Beetle on loan from Mexico City’s Museo de Arte Popular inside the banking center’s lobby. The car was decorated with more than 2 million beads by Mexico’s Huichol Indians.
By supporting the arts, BBVA Compass not only creates more vibrant places to live and work, but also demonstrates to employees, future employees, and customers one of the company’s core beliefs: diverse communities and diverse workplaces lead to a better future for all.