Best Practices from Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in 2018

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November 13, 2018 at 3:00PM EDT


For many communities, business partnerships are a source of untapped potential. Each year Americans for the Arts honors 10 companies for their exceptional and creative arts partnerships. Hear directly from some of this year’s BCA 10 honorees and  earn how to create and strengthen business and arts partnerships in your community. Together, business and artists can create vibrant work spaces and communities.

Learning Objectives

Business leaders and decision makers will have a better understanding of how arts partnerships can engage employees, foster creative thinking, embrace diversity, and strengthen communities/economies. Likewise, arts organizations will learn new ways to approach and to collaborate with businesses.

Julie Garreau (Wičhaȟpi Epatȟaŋ Wiŋ)

Julie Garreau (Wičhaȟpi Epatȟaŋ Wiŋ), a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, is the award-winning executive director for the Cheyenne River Youth Project, a grassroots, nonprofit youth and family services organization located on the Cheyenne River Lakota Reservation in South Dakota. She has been the driving force behind CRYP, transforming it from a fledgling experiment to one of the nation's most successful Native youth development programs. Julie has provided critical guidance as CRYP experienced exhilarating development — from a tiny, one-room youth center in a former Main Street bar to a comprehensive youth and family services organization on a large campus that includes The Main youth center for children ages 4-12; the Ċokata Wiċoni (Center of Life) teen center for youth ages 13-18; the 2-acre, naturally grown Winyan Toka Win (Leading Lady) garden; the Keya (Turtle) Cafe and Gift Shop; and the Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park. As a passionate and dedicated youth advocate, Julie hopes that CRYP will become a model for other communities to follow as they develop their own effective, sustainable youth programming. 

Justin Lomax

Head of Production and Operations, Square

Justin Lomax is the Head of Production & Operations for the internal creative team at Square. An editor turned producer, Justin spent the early years of his career freelancing at agencies around San Francisco. In 2011, he launched an independent production company that was acquired only six months later by Square, who saw an opportunity to bring strong brand storytelling in-house. Since then, Justin has been focused on building a world-class creative team– one capable of handling the company’s ever-growing need for new content. The team is responsible for everything from new product launches, original content development, and global broadcast campaigns. Justin enjoys working at Square because it’s an environment where creativity and new ideas still thrive, and the company’s mission of economic empowerment allows for endless opportunities for partnerships and inspired brand storytelling.

Heidi Prokop

Senior Vice President, Communications Manager, Zions Bank

Heidi Prokop is Senior Vice President and Communications Manager at Zions Bank, responsible for media relations, internal and external communications, social media and financial education outreach. Prior to joining Zions Bank in 2001, she worked for the University of Utah as a communication specialist and at KUED as a public information coordinator and webmaster.

Prokop currently serves on the board of directors of the Utah Arts Council, the Utah Film Center and Sundance Institute’s Utah Advisory Board.  She previously served as a member of the board of 90.9 FM KRCL, Planned Parenthood Action Council, the University of Utah Young Alumni board and the Utah Bankers Association Consumer Education Committee.

Prokop was honored with a Pathfinder Award at the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Women in Business Conference and has been listed among Utah Business magazine’s “40 Under 40.” She also was named a Utah’s Finest honoree by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and received a YWCA Young Leaders Award. She has been listed among Zions Bank’s “Top Women’s Banking Team” in American Banker magazine. 

She has written scripts for documentaries broadcast on KUED: The Alta ExperienceThe Spirit of Fort Douglas, and the award-winning Preparing for Disaster and The Jackson Hole Story.  She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and two children.

Twitter: @HeidiProkop

Malcolm Pullinger

Executive Creative Director, Even/Odd Films

Malcolm Pullinger is an award-winning filmmaker and the co-founder of Even/Odd, a creative studio and production company based in San Francisco. He wrote, produced, and edited the hit indie documentary Winnebago Man, which premiered at SXSW, won multiple festival awards, and was broadcast on the BBC and EPIX. Malcolm received an Emmy nomination for his film Following Sean, which played in theaters worldwide, and aired on PBS, Channel 4, and ARTE. His short film work has screened widely at film festivals and his commercial work has received multiple Webby Awards, Clio Awards, and the Tribeca X Award. Malcolm is the proud recipient of SFFILM’s Rainin Filmmaking Grant and the Film Independent Sloan Producer Fellowship. He produced the short film quarterly Wholphin, published by McSweeney’s, and is part of the founding team behind PROXY, a non-profit movie theater and arts space that presents free outdoor programming in San Francisco.

Danielle Iwata

Private Sector Initiatives Program Associate, Americans for the Arts

Danielle joined AFTA in February 2018. Prior to joining AFTA, she was the Development Coordinator and Board Liaison at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, MA. There, she also managed the "Art of Photographing Dance," a program for amateur and professional photographers. Prior to working at the Pillow, she interned at Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in New York, NY and the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, NY. Danielle graduated with a B.A. in History from Colgate University. Her thesis focused on the role of dance in UK/USSR relations during the Cold War.               

Jessica Stern

Private Sector Initiatives Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

Jessica is the Private Sector Initiatives Program Manager with Americans for the Arts. Prior to this position, she acted as the Membership and Resources Manager for the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO), providing oversight of NAO’s statewide membership program while curating and reinventing its online platform of nonprofit management best practice resources. Prior to NAO, Jessica spent nearly five years working with Portland’s local business committee for the arts, Business for Culture & the Arts (BCA), delivering programs that engaged employees from BCA’s 200+ business members, managing all marketing and communications strategies, and retaining and cultivating corporate and community partnerships. Jessica has also served in development roles at Metropolitan Youth Symphony and Literary Arts; and has freelanced as an independent web designer and developer.

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