The Movement

8 reasons to partner with the arts.

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Behind the Movement

The pARTnership Movement is an initiative from Americans for the Arts to reach business leaders with the message that partnering with the arts can build their competitive advantage. Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America.

 

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Find a Partner

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The BCA Executive Board

Americans for the Arts’ private sector work is assisted by the support of the Business Committee for the Arts Executive Board, a group of key business leaders that provide insight and support on key initiatives including messaging, advocacy and strategic alliances within the private sector.

Private Sector Council

The Private Sector Council of Americans for the Arts provides advice and guidance on the design and execution of programs and services that  advance private sector support for the arts in America. 

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Recruit Talent

Employees want to live and work in a vibrant community.

When you partner to support local theater, music, museums, dance and public art, you help to make your community more attractive to current and future employees. Happier employees make for a happier workplace. But you knew that already, naturally.

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Put Your Company in the Spotlight

The arts help you build market share, enhance your brand and reach new customers.

Celebrating the arts is a way to build a powerful presence and engage with multiple stakeholders quickly and effectively.  Museums, symphonies, dance performances, festivals and more allow you to reach customers and are venues to entertain prospective and current clients.    Businesses agree that the arts increase name recognition (79 percent) and offer networking opportunities to develop new business (74 percent).

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Advance Corporate Objectives & Strategies

The arts help you get your message across in engaging ways.

The arts can educate the public and your employees about core business issues such as informing them about your products or teaching them to make healthy choices.

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Foster Critical Thinking

Did you know that creativity is among the top applied skills sought by employers?

More often than not,  business leaders say creativity is of high importance when hiring.  The arts are about critical thinking, solving and reframing problems and facts in ways that reveal insights and opportunities.  Music, creative writing, drawing and dance provide skills sought by employers of the third millennium.  In fact 72% of companies that give to the arts recognize that it stimulates creative thinking, problem solving and team building.

 

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Engage Your Employees

The arts challenge employees to be their best.

Whether it’s showing off their own creative talent in a company art show or battle of the bands, or volunteering for a local arts group, the arts let your employees use their current skills and develop new ones. For instance, sitting on an art organization’s board is great training for sitting on your company’s board. In fact, studies show that millennials who frequently participate in workplace volunteer activities are more likely to be proud, loyal and satisfied employees.

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Embrace Diversity & Team Building

The arts create an environment that blends backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures.

Through exhibitions, performances and workshops, the arts provide opportunities for employees to grapple with workplace concerns and become more familiar with their coworkers in the next cubicle or around the world. What’s more, committing to the arts lets people inside and outside your company know that you value (and promote) innovative thinking and a creative culture.

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Say Thanks

The arts are a great way to show you appreciate your employees.

Providing tickets to events, museum memberships and other arts experiences is the perfect way to inspire employees and say “thanks.”

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Contribute to the Economy & Quality of Life

When you partner with local arts, you partner with the whole city.

The arts are essential to the health and vitality of neighborhoods, cities, states and our nation.  They enhance community development, create jobs, spur urban renewal, attract new businesses, draw tourism dollars, and create an environment that attracts skilled and educated workers.

 

Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $135.2 billion in economic activity every year—$61.1 billion in spending by organizations and an additional $74.1 billion in event-related spending by their audiences.

Download all 8 Reasons

Click here to download a printable PDF of all 8 Reasons to Partner with the Arts.

 

Haz click aquí para descargar el folleto imprimible en español 8 Razones para Asociarte con las Artes.

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local arts organization in your
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Success Stories

Field notes

See how savvy companies are using the arts to solve their toughest challenges.