Corporate Culture (from Arts Watch)
Across the country, bankers painted, insurance agents rocked, and lawyers took to the stage to demonstrate their creativity and passion for the arts. Take a look at what these organizations are doing, just a sample of the creative partnerships that have been popping up in the arts and business world.
In Nashville, businesses put together bands and performed in the First Annual Music City Corporate Band Challenge. Bankers, insurance salesmen, plumbers, and surgeons took part in this contest which demonstrated the musical talent of the city and promoted Nashville’s status as "Music City USA." AllState Insurance Company’s The Good Hands Band, Myers Company’s Next of Kin, The Nashville Symphony Association’s Phil & the Harmonics, and Vanderbilt University’s Soul Incision were among the competitors in the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville’s first annual Corporate Band Challenge (which, incidentally, was won by MTA’s band, “Transit').
In Kansas City, the business community displayed their talents as artists, performers and writers in the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City’s Creativity from the Cube. This popular juried exhibition, where employees display their talents to their colleagues at in-house employee programs, saw entries from more than 700 employees at 25 companies. The winners presented their work to the greater community at Art/Work Week – a weeklong celebration in Grand Hall of Kansas City’s Union Station and on The Copaken Stage at H&R Block.
At the Cleveland Play House, local law firms that supported the production of the courtroom drama, “Inherit the Wind” were able to pick lawyers and clients to take on non-speaking roles in the play. Law firms reported strong interest in taking on the roles.
These companies participate in the arts because, as the strong employee turnout demonstrates, the arts are an important part of their employees’ lives. We’ve also seen that involvement in the arts can lead to a more engaged staff!
Have you taken note of any different and exciting partnerships in your community? We’d love to hear about them, so let us know by adding your comments!