Each year, Americans for the Arts, through the Business Committee for the Arts, recognizes ten U.S. companies for their exceptional commitment to the arts through local partnerships with artists and arts organizations, arts and culture grants and sponsorships, matching gift and corporate giving campaigns, volunteer programs and pro bono services, initiatives that engage employees and evoke creativity in the workplace, and board membership and leadership. This year, the BCA10 honorees will be celebrated in New York City at an evening gala on Oct. 1.
In addition, Frederic C. Hamilton, chairman of The Hamilton Companies (Denver, Colo.) and chairman emeritus of the Denver Art Museum, will receive the 2014 BCA Leadership Award, and John Deere (Moline, Ill.) will be inducted into the BCA Hall of Fame. The BCA 10 Awards, BCA Leadership Award and BCA Hall of Fame will be presented by Americans for the Arts on October 1, 2014, at a black-tie gala at the Central Park Boathouse in New York City.
The 2014 BCA 10 honorees are:
AC Entertainment (Knoxville, Tenn.) Brookfield (New York, N.Y.) BBVA Compass (Birmingham, Ala.) Brooks Resources Corporation (Bend, Ore.) Classical Movements, Inc. (Alexandria, Va.) Edward Jones (St. Louis, Mo.) Hallmark Cards, Inc. (Kansas City, Mo.) Milliken & Company (Spartanburg, S.C.) PECO (Philadelphia, Pa.) Thrivent Financial (Appleton, Wis.)
“Each year, the BCA 10 sets the standard for other businesses by upholding the arts as an integral part of office culture, the community, and the economy,” says Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Through financial and in-kind support, employees’ volunteer hours, and workplace arts initiatives, these businesses ensure arts access for current and future generations and serve as successful and inspiring models of business arts support.”