Best Practices from the Best Companies Partnering with the Arts

Recorded On: 12/05/2019


About this Webinar

For many communities, business partnerships are a source of untapped potential. Each year Americans for the Arts honors 10 companies, one partnership and one business leader for their exceptional and creative arts partnerships. Hear directly from some of this year’s Arts & Business Partnership Award honorees and learn how to create and strengthen business and arts partnerships in your community. Together, business and artists can create vibrant workspaces 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.
  • Arts organizations will learn new ways to approach and to collaborate with businesses.
  • Stories will inspire attendees to consider the businesses in their community that are supportive of the arts, and consider nominating them for the 2020 Arts & Business Partnership award to honor their commitments to the arts, deepen their engagement with the sector, and strengthen their relationship with them

Amy Siegel

Senior Associate, Gensler

For more than 30 years, Amy has been striking a balance between creative expression and managing the details and business demands of large, multi-faceted, projects such as international airports, hospital campuses, and gaming and hotel facilities. Amy’s aviation design expertise has been tried and proven on comprehensive wayfinding and signage programs ranging from international airports such as Incheon International Airport to regional airports such as Jackson Hole Airport, John Wayne, and Tulsa. Amy is currently leading the design standards program for Denver International Airport and has been a key team member receiving design accolades such as the 2014 AIA National Institute Honor Award for Architecture for Jackson Hole Airport.


Damon McLeese

Executive Director, Access Gallery

Damon currently serves as the Executive Director of Access Gallery. He has held this position for more than 20 years, taking over as the organization’s 5th executive director in 1997.  Under his leadership, Access Gallery has continued to promote the creative power of people with disabilities through focused outreach and innovative programming, while increasing awareness in the nonprofit community about the needs and gifts of people with disabilities. Damon has worked in the fields of volunteer management and disability services for most of his career. He has worked for Colorado Special Olympics, Colorado Easter Seals and was the first director of the City of Aurora Volunteer Center where he worked with the Points of Light Foundation.  In 2002, he was elected as the Region 8 Advisory Council Representative to the VSA National Office.


Melanie Allen

Co-Founder and Director Accounts, Green Loop Marketing

Melanie Allen is the co-founder of Green Loop Marketing, an Indianapolis-based digital marketing agency. She manages strategy and implementation for her clients, as well as public art projects. Incorporating public art into her clients' marketing plans through content, video, photography, graphics, and social media is her favorite part of her job! She has been the manager of Jiffy Lube's Every Part Matters mural project since its inception in 2016.


Steve G. Sanner

President, Jiffy Lube of Indiana

Steve Sanner and his partners became the Jiffy Lube franchisee for Indiana in 1985.  They currently own 48 Jiffy Lubes and have won several national awards for their ground-breaking Growing People Through Work program.  They were also the 2016 Jiffy Lube Franchisee of the Year. Steve’s latest innovation has been the “Every Part Matters” Public Art initiative, where artists are being commissioned to paint murals on the sides of the Jiffy Lube shops in Indiana. 

Steve grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Penn State’s Smeal Business School in 1983. He has been happily married to Jennifer since 1989 and they have 4 children, two in New York City, one in San Francisco and one in her junior year at Indiana University.

Steve is active in the Indianapolis community having served on several charitable Boards, including his current role as Vice Chairman of The Indiana Sports Corporation and co-Chair of The B1G Football Championship Game.



Best Practices from the Best Companies Partnering with the Arts
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