At 21c Museum Hotels, we believe in the transformative power of thought-provoking contemporary art to nurture communities and inspire change. We are thrilled to be recognized among this year’s BCA10, ten companies nationally recognized for transforming their workplaces and communities through the arts.
Along with President and CEO Craig Greenberg, Chief Curator and Museum Director Alice Gray Stites accepted the award on behalf of 21c at the awards gala was held October 11 at the Central Park Boathouse in New York City. 21c Museum Hotels was nominated for the award by Fund for the Arts. The BCA10 also included Louisville-based Humana.
“We’re showing the rest of the country what’s possible through the arts,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts President & CEO. “Greater Louisville’s world-class arts and culture community are only as successful as the creative companies that grow and innovate here. Fund for the Arts is incredibly grateful for the vision and support of both 21c Museum Hotels and Humana as they help drive a stronger, more competitive community through the arts.”
In addition to recognizing the ten organizations, the gala shined a spotlight on the overall economic impact the arts have on the national economy. The arts and culture industry generated 4.6 million jobs with $27.5 billion in revenue from local, state, and federal government according to the 2017 Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study. The annual gala also celebrated the life of the late David Rockefeller who founded the BCA in 1966 with the belief that the arts are essential to free enterprise and human achievement.
“Laura Lee and I believe in the transformative power of contemporary art,” said Steve Wilson, Co-Founder and Chairman of 21c Museum Hotels. “We are so proud to have built a business using contemporary art as the foundation, and we’re humbled to be honored at the 2017 BCA 10. As we continue to grow 21c Museum Hotels, we remain committed to collecting, commissioning, and sharing the work of contemporary artists from around the world in our communities.”
Congratulations to the other honorees of the BCA10, and thank you to the Fund for the Arts for your nomination and your tireless commitment to transforming our community through the art.