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The Boeing Company (MO) - Investing in the arts keeps them flying high
The Boeing Company (MO)
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Investing in the arts keeps them flying high

“We believe that companies like ours must play a significant role as citizens beyond our role as corporations. We must lead responsibly to help our communities, our nations and the world address challenges that are bigger than any one company’s interests. That includes bringing problem-solvers together, focusing them on action that helps communities grow, and helping communities develop the resources that sustain and attract people who choose to live, work, learn and play in them." 

– Jim McNerney, Boeing chairman, president and CEO


Boeing is a company of amazing people working in one of the most exciting industries in the world. Yet when you consider their history – from designing and building the earliest biplanes to creating and supporting today's supersonic aircraft and spacecraft – you might think they would be content with how far they’ve come. But a company of their size and scope doesn't succeed by resting on its laurels; they are constantly re-examining their capabilities and processes to ensure that Boeing is as strong and vital as its heritage. In fact, its culture mirrors the heritage of aviation itself, built on a foundation of innovation, aspiration and imagination.


To help foster a culture of innovation and imagination, Boeing has turned to the arts.


George Roman, Vice President, State & Local Government Operations and Regional Executive at Boeing sums it up nicely. “We have long held that investing in the arts positively impacts economic development and growth, produces a creative and diverse workforce, and nurtures the imagination and self reflection needed to solve complex personal and community issues.”


That’s why, for the fourth year, Boeing has partnered with the Arts and Education Council in St. Louis on the Boeing/Arts and Education Council Collaborative Grant program – an innovative funding opportunity for arts organizations to create and promote a more sustainable arts and cultural environment that engages people to become lifelong arts participants, patrons and practitioners.


Under the Boeing gift, grants have been awarded to seven arts programs in the St. Louis area to develop and train future arts leaders. Groups such as the Cinema St. Louis, Grand Center, Inc., Jazz St. Louis, MADCO (Modern American Dance Company), Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, St. Louis Children’s Choirs, and Stages St. Louis have benefited from Boeing’s generosity and vision.


In fact, since 2008, The Boeing Company has supported 32 grants through the Boeing/Arts and Education Council Collaborative Grant program.


“Boeing is one of our most dedicated and generous supporters,” said Cynthia A. Prost, president of the Arts and Education Council. “They understand the vital role the Council plays in financially supporting the St. Louis arts community and its direct impact in attracting the best and the brightest workforce to our region. By funding programs designed to mentor and train individuals in arts management, The Boeing Company ensures area arts organizations will continue to thrive and strengthen the St. Louis region.”


What’s more, Boeing realizes that the arts play an even bigger outside of any one company.

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