BCA Noteworthy April 2017

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BCA 10
Business Leaders Discuss Arts Partnerships at the BCA 10
In this video celebrating the accomplishments of past BCA 10 honorees, hear from business leaders about what the arts mean to their businesses, communities, and employees. 
Speakers and arts projects connected to the following BCA 10 companies appear in the video: Aetna, Austin Energy, Auto Zone, Badger Meter, Copper Point Insurance Companies, Corning Inc., Dealer.com, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Duke Energy, Dunlap Codding, Jorge Perez/The Related Group, M Powered Strategies, NV Energy and the NV Energy Foundation, Prospective Inc., and U.S. BANK.
Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2017 BCA 10 honorees in next month's BCA Noteworthy and learn how you can join us on the evening of Wednesday, October 11th in NYC to share in the BCA 10celebration. 
The Loss of Philanthropist, Business Leader, and Business Committee for the Arts (BCA) Founder David Rockefeller
Americans for the Arts celebrates the life and legacy of David Rockefeller a leader in the business, arts and philanthropic communities. In 1966, he founded the Business Committee for the Arts when he gave a now-famous speech to The Conference Board imploring other business leaders to join him in increasing business support for the arts. 
Americans for the Arts honors his legacy annually at the David Rockefeller Lecture on Arts and Business. Our thoughts are with the entire Rockefeller family during this time of loss.
ARTSBlogs from BCA 10 Honorees
2016 BCA 10 winner Dunlap Codding's Douglas Sorocco shares "Making Space for the Arts: A Law Firm's Story of 5,475 (Nonbillable) Hours"
Let's be frank: when it comes to creativity, innovation, and the arts, the first thing that comes to mind is not a law firm. I've had clients half-jokingly say that law firms are where creativity goes to die. Ouch! My rejoinder is that "we are different! We work worldwide assisting our creativity and innovation clients through patent, trademark, copyright, entertainment, and technology law. We are the cool lawyers!" 
Full ARTSBlog here.
Douglas Sorocco is Director at the intellectual property law firm Dunlap Codding and is also a BCA Executive Board member
2016 BCA 10 Hall of Fame winner Aetna's Floyd Green shares "Diversity + Inclusion = A Winning Strategy"
If we're going to talk about diversity, we also have to talk about inclusion. Diversity acknowledges and celebrates the differences we all bring to the world. Inclusion is about picking up all of those differences and putting them to work together, and using them to drive designed and desired outcomes. You can't have a fully integrated strategy unless you have both: diversity and inclusion are critical for success. We may have the opinion that "diversity" is a singular goal worth achieving, but when we don't imbue those thoughts with our practices, we're not fully committed to embracing our differences. 
Full ARTSBlog here.
Floyd W. Green, III is Vice President and head of Community Relations and Urban Marketing for Aetna, Inc. and is also on the Board of Directors for Americans for the Arts.
Have a story you'd like to share on ARTSBlog? Send an email to Jessica Gaines at jgaines@artsusa.org
The pARTnership Movement
Success Story: Badger Meter
In this month's pARTnership Movement success story, Badger Meter gets behind STEAM and innovation to foster critical thinking. Read more about the 2016 BCA 10 honoree based in Milwaukee, WI in this success story.  

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Private Sector Network
Colorado Business Committee for the Arts Announces 2017 Business for the Arts Award
CBCA's 30th annual awards luncheon honored companies and individuals for excellent partnerships with the arts and drew about 700 arts, business and civic leaders throughout Colorado. See the honoree list here.
Casey Gill Summar to Step Down as Executive Director from Arts and Business Council of Nashville
After more than a decade with the Arts and Business Council of Nashville – accomplishments including being named "Bank of America Nonprofit CEO of the Year" and the recent announcement of the organization being selected for one of four National Endowment for the Arts Research Labs grants– Summar will step down from her role as Executive Director. Full story here.
IDEAS xLab Develops Initiative One Poem At A Time to Save Communities
One Poem At A Time, a new public health policy initiative of IDEAS xLab and Creative Agents of Change Foundation, replaces negative and predatory advertising and billboards in Louisville's Smoketown neighborhood with positive photographs and poetry depicting community members. The initiative, informed by the community-based participation of Project HEAL (Health. Equity. Art. Learning.), One Poem At A Time is an example of artists becoming catalysts to spark collective action. "Through Project HEAL, arts and cultural production become a 'language' with which communities define, develop, and champion their own sustainable strategies for improved well-being," explained IDEAS xLab CEO and co-founder Theo Edmonds.
Americans for the Arts News
Nancy Hanks Lecture
Ford Foundation President Darren Walker delivered a rousing Nancy Hanks Lecture entitled "The Art of Democracy: Creative Expression and American Greatness" to a packed audience of 2,000 arts advocates at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Hear from our CEO Robert L. Lynch in his Huffington Post article "Advice for Arts Advocates Everywhere"
Advocacy is about voicing your hopes and ideas to decision-makers. It is a dialogue and an ongoing part of living in a great society and it is about much more than a single day. The ability to be in it for the long haul is critical. And advocacy changes because the people to whom you're advocating change all the time. Legislators change, their attitudes change, profiles on constituencies change. We have to constantly freshen our arguments, come up with new thoughts and ideas, in front of new people, to make these elected officials see that supporting the arts makes for a better America, a better world. 
In the post, Robert L. Lynch offers advice to advocates, like the quote above, and reminds readers that advocacy is a long-term effort, and we must be relentless in voicing a strong and clear message. 
Americans for the Arts Press Surrounding the Administration's Possible Elimination of Funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), #SAVEtheNEA
Our recently launched Arts Mobilization Center is the central location for messages from President and CEO Robert L. Lynch and recent statements on timely political activity, action items, and news articles of interest. Visit today to stay up-to-date on the happenings, press, and more.
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