Americans for the Arts works to strengthen partnerships between the arts and businesses and foundations. Our programs build stronger private sector support for the arts and provide businesses and arts organizations with the services and resources necessary to develop and advance partnerships with the arts. Through our research, including the Business Contributions to the Arts Survey, we know that the arts benefit business.

pARTnership Movement
In 2012, we launched the pARTnership Movement to provide businesses and arts organizations with the tools they need to create meaningful partnerships that support a healthy, creative, and artistic community, but that also give businesses a competitive advantage. The pARTnership Movement demonstrates how the arts can help businesses enhance the critical thinking and creative skills of their workforce and how arts organizations can develop new innovative business strategies. Together, they can advance the communities in which they live and work in new and resourceful ways.

Want to help your local arts community build its capacity to partner with the business community? Through our local pARTnership Movement workshop program, Americans for the Arts can come directly to you and your community to help you get started.

Our 1 and 3 hour workshops are customizable depending on the audience and its interests, covering a range of topics including arts and business 101, relationship building, employee engagement, leveraging the arts to advance equity and inclusion, and program building. We can also focus on a group’s special interest area, such as partnering with businesses to further public art, arts education, arts advocacy, or economic development efforts in a community.

Whether your audience is artists, arts administrators, local business leaders, or a combination of all three, Americans for the Arts is ready and willing to lead a workshop in your community! For more information contact the Private Sector Initiatives team.

Private Sector Network
Our work is achieved through the leadership of the Business Committee for the Arts and the BCA Executive Board, a group of business CEOs who provide leadership on key initiatives including messaging, advocacy, and strategic alliances within the private-sector community.

Business partnerships with the arts strengthen the vitality of our communities all across the nation. A network of Arts & Business Council affiliates, Business Committee for the Arts affiliates, United Arts Fund affiliates, and Local Arts Agencies work together with Americans for the Arts to build private-sector support for the arts in their local communities.