Arts and business councils

Creating collaborations between the arts and businesses at the community level helps build support for and grow a healthy arts community. Those collaborations can include capitalizing on donated business expertise to assist art organizations, recruiting business leaders to serve on arts boards, developing traditions of corporate philanthropy, and sharing creative arts strategies to help businesses with innovation and growth. Several private sec- tor arts-focused networks provide support for arts and business networks, including the Arts & Business Council (ABC), Business Committee for the Arts (BCA), and United Arts Fund (UAF). They work with local arts agencies and Americans for the Arts to pro- mote positive business/arts relationships.

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• Arts and Business Council of Miami is an affiliate of ABC. Founded in 1985, it sponsors numerous volunteer programs, educational outreach, leadership training, collaborations, and networking events. It also serves as a catalyst for building working partnerships between the corporate and cultural communities. www.artsbizmiami.org

• Business for the Arts Broward is an affiliate of BCA. It ad- vocates for and provides information about the importance of the county’s arts and cultural community and its positive economic impact. Programs include Arts in the Workplace, Arts Tours, power2give, and Arts Teacher of the Year. www.bfabroward.org

Two resources for business and arts partnerships include:

• Americans for the Arts’ pARTnership Movement provides arts organizations and businesses with the tools to create stronger partnerships. Its services include providing informa- 22O8 Creating collaborations between the arts and businesses at the community level helps build support for and grow a healthy arts community. Those collaborations can include capitalizing on do- nated business expertise to assist art organizations, recruiting business leaders to serve on arts boards, developing traditions of corporate philanthropy, and sharing creative arts strategies to help businesses with innovation and growth. Several private sec- tor arts-focused networks provide support for arts and business networks, including the Arts & Business Council (ABC), Business Committee for the Arts (BCA), and United Arts Fund (UAF). They work with local arts agencies and Americans for the Arts to pro- mote positive business/arts relationships. In Southeast Florida, the:

• Arts and Business Council of Miami is an affiliate of ABC. Founded in 1985, it sponsors numerous volunteer programs, educational outreach, leadership training, collaborations, and networking events. It also serves as a catalyst for building tion the benefits of arts and business partnerships, success stories of those partnerships, and suggestions for how busi- ness leaders can enhance their partnerships with the arts. www.americansforthearts.org/information_services/arts_ and_business_partnerships/get_involved/default.asp • De Vos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Cen- ter in Washington, DC. It focuses on helping nonprofit arts groups strengthen their organizational programs. The insti- tute also partners with regional and national funders to pro- vide training and support for executive, artistic, and board leadership. It offers a free of charge two-year program to participants. Topics include artistic planning, board devel- opment, fundraising, marketing, institutional visibility, and strategic planning, Miami is one of the institute’s training program sites. www.kennedy-center.org/education/artsmanagement

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