Business Speak: Can We Talk? Series



With the launch of The pARTnership Movement in 2012 we explored mutually beneficial ways of partnering with business to further both arts and business goals. With this series we will provide detailed instructions for the methods and models to create successful partnerships.


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Business Speak- Can We Talk? (February 21, 2013)
Partnering with the business community no longer means just asking for money. Learn how to effectively talk to business leaders, marketing departments, human resource personnel and other decision makers within the business environment about how to develop mutually beneficial projects.


Business Speak - Can we talk? Strategies on How to Build and Fund Successful Volunteer Programs (April 25, 2013)
Businesses often promote volunteerism as one of the key elements of employee engagement and arts organizations are looking for ways to increase involvement with skilled volunteers. Learn practical strategies on how to build and fund a successful volunteer program in your community.

Presented by: Eileen Cunnife, Director of Business Volunteers for the Arts and Business on Board, Arts & Business Council of Philadelphia (Moderator); Susan Myers, Associate Director, Business for Culture and the Arts; Megan Low, Director of Services, Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston.


Business Speak-Can we talk? Trends in Business Support for the Arts (July 18, 2013)
Learn trends in business support for the arts from our newly released 2013 BCA Triennial Survey of Business Support for the Arts. This study explores how and why small, midsize and large businesses partner with the arts. Experts in corporate giving will discuss how these trends fit into the current landscape and how you can leverage this information.

Presented by: Mark Shugoll, Chief Executive Officer, Shugoll Research; Michael Stroik, Senior Research Analyst, Research and Measurement, CECP

Moderator: Maud Lyon, Executive Director CultureSource


Business Speak-Can we talk? Meet the Real Shakespeare of Litigation (September 19, 2013)
The real Shakespeares of Litigation, Coltranes of Chemistry and Picassos of Accounting will discuss how arts education, arts programs at the workplace and their own participation in an art form have enhanced their work. Learn from business people in different industries about how partnerships with the arts makes business sense.

Panelists: Michael Stolberg, Lawing Financial; Patrice Tanaka, Co-Chair, Chief Creative Officer at CRT/tanaka; Donald Brinkman, manager of external programs in digital humanities, digital heritage and games for learning at Microsoft Research.

Moderator: Kelly Pollock, Executive Director, COCA


2013 BCA 10 Case Studies (November 21, 2013)
Each year the BCA 10 honors ten businesses that have been exceptional partners with the arts. These companies set the standard of excellence and serve as role models for other businesses to follow. Hear directly from 2013 honorees about why they partner with the arts and learn how to create successful partnerships with the businesses in your community.

Americans for the Arts thanks Aetna for its generous support of this program.




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