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In Philanthropists’ Shoes: Three Perspectives on Being Genuine From Luxury Brands and High Net Worth Individuals (from the pARTnership Movement)

While corporate philanthropy has long ago shifted from community charity to strategic, carefully designed programs, a fundamental question of authenticity can undermine the soundest strategies. If the association between a company and a cause, or the social impact of the company’s action does not resonate with consumers and other stakeholders, what is the point of […]

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5 Ways You Benefit from Writing Poetry! (from The pARTnership Movement)

April is National Poetry Month, inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets to celebrate poetry and its vital role in American culture. The academy sponsors events such as the star-studded Poetry & the Creative Mind Gala (April 17 at Lincoln Center in New York City) and mass-appeal activities like Poem in Your Pocket Day (April […]

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Design Thinking Needed in Collaborative Workplace (from The pARTnership Movement)

Fostering and managing innovation is a continuous challenge for businesses. To meet this challenge it is critical to build a workplace culture that supports failure as an inevitability on the path to innovation. Artists and designers are taught that their best work is a result of these failures and progress can be made by revisiting […]

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Making the Arts in Rural Oregon Their Business (from The pARTnership Movement)

In 2002, jobs were scarce in rural, isolated Baker City, OR, population 10,000. My husband and I decided to dedicate ourselves to growing our 20-year-old company, Chaves Consulting, Inc. from providing two jobs to creating 100 with a complete package of benefits. At about the same time, another vision was being created by the Crossroads […]

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Arts & Business Partnerships Beyond Mere Aesthetics (from The pARTnership Movement)

When I was asked—strike that—begged, to sit on our in-house committee to renovate our offices, it was explained that someone was needed to bring my department’s voice to the designing table. And knowing to play to my vanity, I was told, “Your artistic eye is sorely needed.” Yet even so, I reluctantly agreed. “Besides,” it […]

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Do Business Executives Believe Artistic Pursuits Add Value to Their Work? (from The pARTnership Movement)

Richard Florida’s The Rise of the Creative Class is now 11 years old, and the notion that left-brained corporate types can benefit from right-brained creative types is acknowledged as gospel. Although Florida’s work has resulted in blue-chip value for “creative thinkers,” there is no empirical evidence to show whether business executives claim any workplace value […]

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Mentoring & the Multicultural Arts Management Internship Program (from The pARTnership Movement)

Throughout my life there have been people I admired and looked up to. I realized the value and impact of having mentors in my life when I spent a summer working for a charitable group as a camp counselor for challenged teens. I learned as much from them as they did me and what I […]

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Presenting Our Vans Custom Culture Grant Winning Schools

Learning in the arts enables every individual to develop the critical thinking, collaborative, and creative skills necessary to succeed in today’s ever-changing world. Vans and its national charity partner Americans for the Arts envision a country where every child has access to—and takes part in–high quality learning experiences in the arts, both in school and […]

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Artists in the Next Cubicle Strengthen the Economy (from the pARTnership Movement)

When Alexander Gottman’s co-workers peer into his cubicle, they don’t see family or vacation photos. They see original art. Gottman works in the information technology department of Guaranty Bank, accessing potential risk for electronic bank transfers for business clients and monitoring the safety of their accounts. Locally owned Guaranty Bank is committed to encouraging employee […]

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BCA10 Awards Showcase pARTnerships (from The pARTnership Movement)

When business supports the arts, everyone profits. I had the honor of serving as a judge for The BCA 10 awards this year and found tangible evidence that this is true. The annual awards recognize 10 U.S. companies for their exceptional commitment to the arts. We evaluated nominees from across America—from small mom and pop […]

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