Americans for the Arts Private Sector Initiatives department provides research, messaging and advocacy to advance the value and integration of the arts into the business and foundation communities which leads to greater resources for the arts. The department also provides professional development to local arts organizations so they can better partner with businesses and foundations in their communities. Americans for the Arts mission is to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Connecting the best ideas and leaders from the arts, communities, foundations and business, Americans for the Arts work to ensure that every American has access to the transformative power of the arts.
Our staff trains local arts agencies and nexus organizations to better leverage resources and leadership from the private sector to increase support for their organizations and to advance the arts in local communities. We create programming, research and best practices for local arts agencies (LAAs) that connect directly with the private sector and work with local arts organizations to build strategic partnerships on the local level to advance the arts. We support the work that stimulates partnerships between the arts and business sectors through the creation of events, content and marketing that promotes the role the arts play in advancing business goals. This is achieved through the pARTnership Movement campaign; coordination of our annual business recognition event The BCA 10: Best Business Partnering with the Arts in America, the David Rockefeller Lecture, and the coordination of recruitment and engagement of our Business Committee for the Arts of business people who are passionate about the role the arts play in advancing business goals and transforming communities.