New York, New York

Financial Services

For more than three decades UBS has supported the arts and positioned them as fundamental to the company‘s business strategy. In addition to investing in the arts as part of its commitment to enriching the quality of life of the communities in which it operates, UBS also supports the arts to increase knowledge and understanding of various cultures and to stimulate creative thinking in and out of the workplace.

In 1971 its world-famous corporate art collection was started under the leadership of Donald B. Marron, former Chairman of PaineWebber Incorporated, to support artists of our times and to enhance the work environment for employees and customers. A selection of works from the collection of more than 900 pieces, including commissioned works by Frank Stella and Susan Rothenberg, have been on tour to major museums throughout the United States, and have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York in an exhibition titled Contemporary Voices: The UBS Art Collection. Forty-four works from the collection have been promised to MoMA and the public has access to the entire collection through The UBS Art Collection Web Museum (

The company also established the UBS Art Gallery in 1985 in the lobby of its midtown Manhattan building to enable not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations to mount exhibitions that might not otherwise be seen. Three thousand employees, clients and members of the general public visit this gallery daily.

To encourage appreciation and understanding of the visual arts, UBS has sponsored many major exhibitions at leading museums around the world. UBS currently sponsors several outstanding symphony orchestras and important music festivals in the U.S., including, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Seattle Symphony and the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois. For a number of years it has been a major sponsor of Art Basel and more recently, Art Basel Miami Beach - two major festivals of contemporary art from around the world.

UBS actively promotes its sponsorships through local and national advertising in print and radio, as well as direct mail and communications with its clients. Each ad is designed to communicate that the partnership between UBS and the arts is a partnership of shared values. This approach builds brand association for UBS and a "buzz" for arts organizations.

Beyond general operating and project support, UBS also makes grants to help the arts reach underserved youth.  Most recently UBS partnered with the Cleveland Foundation to develop a unique approach to out-of-school arts education for youth.  SmART in the City offers 5th and 6th graders the opportunity to experience all of the forms of the fine arts in-depth over a six week, full-day “arts camp.”

Additionally, UBS annually invites many of its clients to attend the visual and performing arts sponsored by the company and it encourages employees to volunteer for the arts and serve on arts boards. It also encourages employees to make personal gifts to the arts, which UBS matches dollar-for-dollar, and to participate in the arts by using the UBS Culture Access Program which offers employees access to major arts organizations in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and the Twin Cities.

UBS's exemplary leadership and long-term commitment to supporting the arts is nurturing creativity, broadening appreciation of the arts and enriching the lives of millions in the United States and worldwide.

About UBS

UBS is one of the world’s leading financial firms, serving a discerning international client base. Its business, global in scale, is focused on growth. As an integrated firm, UBS creates added value for clients by drawing on the combined resources and expertise of all its businesses.

UBS is the leading global wealth manager, a leading global investment banking and securities firm, and one of the largest global asset managers. In Switzerland, UBS is the market leader in retail and commercial banking.

UBS is present in all major financial centers worldwide. It has offices in 50 countries, with about 38% of its employees working in the Americas, 33% in Switzerland, 16% in the rest of Europe and 13% in Asia Pacific. UBS employs more than 80,000 people around the world. Its shares are listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange (SWX), the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE).

Lockheed Martin Corporation
Bethesda, Maryland


For decades, Lockheed Martin has operated with the belief that the arts spark innovative thinking and enhance its ability to attract and retain a highly-educated, motivated workforce. The company has made a long-term commitment to support the arts to enhance the quality of life in its operating communities, and to bring people together to learn from each other and to celebrate their differences.

Highlights of the company's extensive support of the arts include:

  • Sponsoring the annual A Capitol Fourth concert presented by the National Symphony Orchestra on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC, which is nationally broadcast on PBS.
  • Providing significant funding to the arts in the Washington, DC area including the Washington Ballet, the Washington National Opera, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, Center Stage and the Maryland Governor's Excellence in the Arts Awards.
  • Making a leadership grant of $1.5 million for the opening of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, and a $150,000 grant for the Museum's 10th anniversary; a $100,000 grant to Ford's Theatre, Washington, DC, enabling it to receive a matching grant; a grant of $75,000 to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, to sponsor Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, 1783-1853; contributing more than $135,000 since 1999 to Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Vienna, VA, for educational programming; and more than $250,000 to The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, for programming.
  • Providing operating support to the Baltimore Museum of Arts, Baltimore, MD, for more than 10 years and recently sponsoring the Museum's School and Teacher Program; providing $1 million to the new Strathmore Concert Hall and Arts Education Center, Montgomery County, MD; contributing $125,000 since 2002 to the Lockheed Martin/MSAC Technology Enhancement Grants-a partnership with the Maryland State Arts Council, Baltimore MD, that provides the arts in Maryland with computer technology upgrades; making a five-year $500,000 gift to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore, MD, and supporting its Arts Excel program, which brings classical musicians into inner-city schools; providing multi-year funding to the Arts for Youth program of the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, Lancaster, PA; and funding the Maryland Arts Advocacy Day.
  • Supporting United Arts and the Orlando Opera, Orlando, FL; Arts Alive in Seminole, Sanford, FL; the Brevard Cultural Alliance, Viera, FL; the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in Cape Canaveral, Melbourne, FL; the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Denver, CO; the Jefferson Symphony, Golden, CO; and the Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe, NM.
  • Encouraging its executives to join the boards of arts organizations and its employees to serve as volunteers for the arts.

Prudential Financial, Inc.
Newark, New Jersey
Bestowed 2002

Prudential Financial, Inc., for more than four decades, has consistently supported and developed innovative arts and arts education programs that spur economic development, improve educational opportunities and access – with a special emphasis on the underserved – and enrich the quality of life of communities large and small throughout the United States. Prudential's leadership and support of the arts throughout the country helps the arts flourish and reinforces Prudential's goal of helping individuals live better, more rewarding lives.

Prudential has benefited the arts, business and the community by:

  • Playing a prominent role in the urban redevelopment of Newark, New Jersey, through its leadership and support – in excess of $12 million – to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), which has been a catalyst in urban recovery by attracting people as well as restaurants, retail shops and housing to Newark.
  • Supporting – through grants and employee volunteerism – an array of local and national arts organizations and projects throughout the country such as the Newark Arts Council, Newark, New Jersey; Chicago Children's Choir, Chicago, Illinois; Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre Company, Inc., New York, New York; The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Baltimore, Maryland; New Jersey Network, Trenton, New Jersey; and the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc., New York, New York.
  • Supporting a variety of arts education programs including a mentoring program, artist residencies, an after-school art enrichment program, and initiatives that bring arts training and visual, literary and performing arts to low-income inner-city youth and promote cross-cultural understanding.
  • Establishing a $150,000 endowment to the Newark School of the Arts for its year-round comprehensive arts education program and summer workshops.

Johnson & Johnson
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Bestowed 2001

Johnson & Johnson has supported the arts since it was founded in 1886. The arts are a key element in the company's long-standing commitment to improve the quality of life in its operating communities throughout the world, and are often integrated into initiatives that address healthcare issues.

Johnson & Johnson has benefited the arts, business and the community by:

  • Supplying, through its divisions Xian-Janssen Pharmaceutical and Janssen Pharmaceutica, fungicides and training for Chinese archaeologists to restore and preserve one of the world's greatest treasures — more than 8,000 terracotta soldiers discovered in 1974 in the grave of the first Chinese emperor on the outskirts of the city of Xi'an, China.
  • Helping hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation and health care centers bring the visual arts into their facilities by creating Society for the Arts in Healthcare. The initiative enabled these organizations to request support to begin an art program, expand an existing one or replicate a model that worked elsewhere.
  • Commissioning I.M. Pei & Partners to design Johnson & Johnson's world headquarters in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
  • Providing grants, in-kind services and employee volunteer assistance consistently to nearly all the arts organizations in the New Brunswick area. The company is also a leader in the revitalization of downtown Newark, New Jersey, and has provided substantial support to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, major components of the revitalization of the city.
  • Spearheading the development of the New Brunswick Cultural Center, which includes the George Street Playhouse, Crossroads Theater Company and the State Theater. The Center has been key to attracting restaurant, retail and other businesses to New Brunswick, New Jersey and ultimately to the city's economic development.
  • Underwriting the PBS special, “AMERICAN DREAM: Andrea Bocelli's Statue of Liberty Concert” featuring the artist performing with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey.
  • Donating through its subsidiary Neutrogena, a collection of ancient textiles, masks and tribal arts to The Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Students attending Los Angeles, California and Albuquerque, New Mexico public schools were invited to create masks inspired by the exhibition that were then put on view in the museum.
  • Supporting Special Eyes on the Environment, which provides creative experiences through photography for children with multiple disabilities. The company also partners with National Art Exhibitions by the Mentally Ill, Inc. to preserve and exhibit art created by mentally disabled artists.
  • Providing support for The Artist as Catalyst, a pilot program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, designed to revitalize neighborhoods by placing artists in four New Jersey communities to work with residents and create large-scale public art work.
  • Establishing its Corporate Art Program in 1983 to forge relationships with local, regional and state cultural institutions, and to bring art into the workplace. This program includes more than 3,000 works of art, a quarterly newsletter informing employees about upcoming exhibitions and special arts programs, and a guide to area museums and cultural institutions.
  • Incorporating the visual and performing arts into the programs of Johnson & Johnson's Child Development Center, established in 1990, for the children of its employees. The programs include a reading initiative that introduces children to original book illustrations on loan from the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
  • Allocating approximately 9% of its philanthropic resources to the arts and matching employee gifts to arts and cultural organizations on a two-to-one basis. In 2000, the company provided $1,259,000 in matching gifts. Employees also serve on the boards of national, state and local cultural organizations.

Bank of America
Charlotte, North Carolina
Bestowed 2000

Bank of America has been investing in the arts nationwide for more than 90 years. The bank considers the arts a major component of a vibrant and diverse community and continues to provide support to create stronger communities, increase access to the arts – especially among children –and build future audiences. In 1999 it allocated nearly $14 million to the arts.

Bank of America has benefited the arts, business and the community by:

  • Providing a number of major grants to arts projects throughout the country, including $3 million to Port Discovery, a children's museum in Baltimore, Maryland; $1.5 million to The Museum of Modern Art in New York, New York for the Jackson Pollock retrospective; $1 million to the Miami Performing Arts Center; $2 million toward the construction of the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas; $5 million to the new Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California. The bank also made a $1 million commitment to the Nashville Symphony for the Symphony 2000 endowment campaign, in addition to sponsoring its Pops Series.
  • Providing nearly $17 million in 1998 for four initiatives to help revitalize Center City, the arts and cultural district in Charlotte, North Carolina: The Mint Museum of Craft + Design for a new addition dedicated to contemporary American studio crafts; The Visual Arts Organization/Artist Community, a renovated church with 19 studios in which artists work individually and collaboratively, exhibit their work and present community programs; a commissioned interior mosaic by Keith Goddard, and exterior interactive sound and light sculptures by Christopher Janney for the Seventh Street Station, a multi-level parking garage; and the commission of North Carolina artist Ben Long to create his fourth public fresco in Center City.
  • Awarding $250,000 in grants during 1999 to grassroots not-for-profit organizations in 50 U.S cities to support arts and culture programs for disadvantaged youth.
  • Purchasing The Hewitt Collection, one of the country's largest and most diverse private collections of 20th-century African-American art. Following a three-year national tour, the collection is promised to the Afro-American Cultural Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Making a $100,000 grant in 1999 to support the construction of the new Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona, featuring performance, installation and conceptual art, as well as exhibitions of architecture, painting, studio glass, mixed media, prints and photography.
  • Sponsoring the Bank of America Casual Classic Series, a program of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The bank also subsidizes tickets so that orchestra students in middle school through college may attend Atlanta Symphony performances and demonstration workshops.
  • Developing the Bank of America Corporate Art Program, an art collection of more than 20,000 objects which are shown in the bank's offices throughout the world, and operates public galleries in Charlotte, North Carolina; Seattle, Washington; San Francisco and Costa Mesa, California.
  • Earmarking $175,000 annually to sponsor the Chamber Music Series of the Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, South Carolina. Each Friday during the festival, bank employees wear special t-shirts to encourage customers to attend festival performances.
  • Providing on-going support to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, Oregon and the Oregon Symphony, Portland, Oregon.
  • Developing the Volunteer Grants program in 1997 to recognize and encourage volunteerism among its employees. This program provides unrestricted grants to not-for-profit organizations for which employees have committed substantial volunteer time. Through its Matching Gifts Program, the bank matches, employee and retiree contributions up to $5,000 on a one-to-one basis to arts and cultural organizations.

General Mills, Inc.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Bestowed 1999

General Mills, Inc. has been supporting the arts since 1954, when the General Mills Foundation was created to support excellence and creativity in the arts, promote artistic diversity, encourage community and employee participation in the arts, and provide hands-on arts education opportunities. Believing that the staffs and boards of arts organizations are best suited to make decisions about how a grant is used, unrestricted grants continue to be the foundation's major focus. In 1998, the foundation allocated 24% of its total philanthropic contributions to the arts in its headquarters community and operating areas.

General Mills has benefited the arts, business and the community by:

  • Encouraging new ideas, fostering innovation and stimulating creativity among employees through The General Mills Art Collection. Established in 1958, the collection includes more than 1,100 works that are displayed throughout the company's headquarters and research facilities, and loaned to museums for special exhibitions. In 1987, the company established an outdoor sculpture garden that includes 11 commissioned site-specific works.
  • Giving a $1.5 million leadership gift for the construction of the Science Museum of Minnesota, a new science museum being built in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
  • Providing $1.5 million since 1991, and committing an additional $500,000 through 2001, to the New Beginnings Campaign of The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota, to support a computerized information program. This learning system offers the institute's 500,000 annual visitors access to touch-screen terminals that provide educational information about the collections. Additionally, the company provided $635,144 in annual operating support during the same time period.
  • Granting $300,000 to the Minnesota Opera Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota, for an initiative designed to reduce expenses by sharing scenery and costumes with opera companies in other cities.
  • Making a $400,000 capital grant in 1996 to the Minnesota Orchestral Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, as part of a $2 million commitment to the orchestra. In addition to the capital grant, General Mills has supported the orchestra with additional operating grants since 1994.
  • Providing grants through the General Mills Foundation since 1995 to public radio and television organizations including: Public Radio International, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Community Communication, Inc., Orlando, Florida; and Twin Cities Public Television and Minnesota Public Radio, Inc., both of Saint Paul, Minnesota.
  • Underwriting the educational initiatives of many of the projects it supports. For example, in 1993 it funded the educational programs of “The Africa Exhibit,” an exhibition seen by more than 250,000 schoolchildren in the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois. In 1995, it supported the educational programs for the exhibition “Patrick Desjarlait and the Ojibwa Tradition” in the Minnesota Museum of American Art, Saint Paul, Minnesota.
  • Sponsoring arts-related activities for company employees, retirees and family members through the Art Club division of the General Mills Employee Club. Activities included tours of the company's art collection, lunchtime talks by artists, trips to museums and local galleries, and architectural tours of the Twin Cities. Additionally, the Performing Arts Committee of the General Mills Employee Club subsidizes more than 1,800 tickets to approximately 30 arts events each year for employees and their families.
  • Creating and supporting the Request for Proposals program from 1991-1994, an initiative designed to spark innovative ways to increase access to the arts among underserved segments of the population. Through this initiative, 32 grants totaling $1.5 million were awarded to arts organizations. Recipients included the Minnesota Orchestral Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, for research and development of artistic products geared to reach new and non-traditional audiences; the Toledo Orchestra Association, Toledo, Ohio, for music lessons for 75 children living in low-income housing; the Paramount Arts Center, Aurora, Illinois, for artists' fees and tickets for students; the Great Falls Symphony, Great Falls, Montana, for performances in rural communities; and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago, Illinois, for performances and demonstrations in five inner-city Chicago schools. While this initiative was formally completed in 1994, the company continues to support projects with similar goals.
  • Matching employee gifts on a two to one basis for the first $100, and on a one-to-one basis thereafter through the Arts and Culture Gift Matching Program. In FY98, 302 organizations received a total of $603,000, resulting from 1,609 gifts. The company also encourages its employees to serve as volunteers on the boards of arts organizations throughout the country.

Principal Financial Group
Des Moines, Iowa
Bestowed 1998

Principal Financial Group began supporting the arts in the 1930s to promote cultural awareness, reach diverse audiences and foster employee participation in the arts. In 1997, The Principal allocated 45% of its total philanthropic contributions to the arts in its headquarters area and in its operating communities.

The Principal has benefited the arts, business and the community by:

  • Making a grant of $1.9 million in 1997 to be a major sponsor of “American Visions,” which included a Public Broadcasting Systems eight-part series; a companion book and a special issue of “Time” magazine, both titled “American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America;” two Web sites; and educational materials. The Principal also organized many employee programs in conjunction with this sponsorship.
  • Establishing a corporate art collection in 1985 to promote creativity, introduce new ideas and enhance employee morale. The company offers guided tours of its collection for its employees, as well as for educational and community organizations. Exhibitions are presented in the company's ArtZone, an exhibition space in its headquarters building. These are often accompanied by special demonstrations and workshops.
  • Commissioning Maya Lin in 1996 to create “A Shift in the Stream,” a site-specific work for a new Helmut Jahn-designed building added to its headquarters complex in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1993, the company commissioned Terry Schoonhoven and Astrid Preston to create site-specific murals for one of the company's headquarters buildings. Three years earlier, James Turrell received a commission from The Principal to create a site-specific environment entitled “Last Breath,” also in a headquarters building.
  • Supporting the Des Moines Art Center with operating grants, special project support and donations of art, such as a major outdoor sculpture by Henry Moore given to the center in 1997 to celebrate the center's 75th Anniversary. Three years prior, the company sponsored the exhibition “Jean-Michel Basquiat,” as well as outreach and educational programs activities associated with the exhibition. More than 14,400 individuals, including inner-city and at-risk children, viewed the exhibition or participated in related activities. The Principal also collaborated with the center to organize walking tours of corporate art collections throughout Des Moines.
  • Underwriting the Iowa premiere in 1996 of the Academy-award winning documentary film, “Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision.” The premiere was organized as a benefit for the Des Moines Art Center, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and the Iowa Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, all in Des Moines, Iowa. The Principal also underwrote the presentation of the film for its employees, and collaborated with Des Moines-area educational institutions to offer a second, free-to-the-public screening.
  • Supporting the Des Moines Symphony, Des Moines, Iowa, and commissioning four new symphonic works in 1993 by composers Roger Cicchi, Libby Larsen, Michael Torke and a college composing student. Additionally, The Principal played a major role in the symphony's 1987 search for a new conductor, and provided underwriting to produce the symphony's first compact disc recording and promotional materials.
  • Underwriting the catalogue to accompany an exhibition in the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska, of works created by homeless individuals. All proceeds from the exhibition and sale of works were given to the shelters where the works were created.
  • Designating more than 55% of The Principal's total contributions to the arts in its operating communities in California, Colorado, Delaware, Iowa, Nebraska, Texas and Washington, D.C., for general operating support.
  • Encouraging employees of The Principal to serve on the boards of directors of many arts organizations in the company's operating communities, and offering an assortment of volunteer services, including assistance with “Art in the Park” and “Open House,” both annual visual arts festivals sponsored by the Des Moines Arts Center, as well as for “Jazz in July,” an annual month-long celebration of jazz.
  • Organizing activities and events to increase awareness and appreciation of the arts for employees through the company's Art Associates program. This program includes “Art in August,” a month-long celebration of the arts for employees and their families. Additionally, more than 100 employees participate annually in The Principal Singers, the company's in-house chorus which performs in nursing homes, shopping centers and other community centers.
  • Providing its employees with information about the arts through a regular employee newsletter and electronic bulletin boards, and offering them free or discounted tickets to performing arts events.

Ford Motor Company
Dearborn, Michigan
Bestowed 1997

Ford Motor Company has been supporting the arts for more than 50 years throughout the United States and in its global markets to foster understanding and appreciation of various cultures, to broaden access to the arts, to increase educational opportunities, and to enhance the quality of life.

Ford has benefited the arts, business and the community by:

  • Sponsoring museum exhibitions in the United States and abroad. To increase understanding of African cultures, Ford collaborated with the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois to develop “Africa: One Continent. Many Worlds.” This exhibition traveled to 12 venues in the United States through 2000. The company also sponsored the first major exhibition of Latin American folk art, “Visiones del Pueblo: The Folk Art of Latin America,” which showcased the folk art traditions of Latin America, and underwrote a bilingual educational program which accompanied this exhibition. To share the art from many of the historic houses of Great Britain, Ford underwrote “The Treasure Houses of Great Britain” in 1989 in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. The Company also sponsored “El Alma del Pueblo: Spanish Folk Art and its Transformation in the Americas,” an exhibition that explored the nature of Spanish folk art and the vital role it plays in past and present Spanish society. It opened in the San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas and traveled to six cities across the country through 1999.
  • Sponsoring the international exhibition “British Art Treasures from Russian Imperial Collections in The Hermitage.” This exhibition, which opened in 1996, traveled to three venues in the United States and closed in The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. The following year, the company underwrote the opening of the Globe Theatre in London, England; “Jasper Johns,” a major retrospective in the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany; and “Roloff Beny,” an exhibition shown in Budapest, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Ottawa, Paris and Prague through 1998. Ford also sponsored “India: A Celebration of Independence: 1947-1997,” an exhibition of 200 photographs taken in India since its independence from Great Britain. This exhibition opened in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and traveled to nine additional venues in the United States and five in India through 1999.
  • Becoming one of the first companies to assist the museum community in the exploration of new ways to address shifts in funding and in the development of new audiences. For example, it encouraged five museums — The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; The Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; The Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri and The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio — to collaborate to present a major exhibition of Impressionist works drawn from their permanent collections. Ford encouraged the museums to share the tasks of organizing, promoting and touring the exhibition — “Impressionism: Selections from Five American Museums” — and it worked with the consortium to create an educational component. As part of this component, Ford worked with its dealers to display works of art in their showrooms that were created by children who attended the exhibition.
  • Fostering broad participation in the arts by encouraging its dealers to underwrite student and teacher visits to exhibitions it sponsors, and providing vans decorated with images from the exhibitions to transport students and teachers to and from the exhibition venue. To broaden community participation, Ford often appoints a “Committee of Honor” — comprised of community leaders, Ford dealers and company employees — to serve as a liaison between the museum presenting the exhibition and the community. Many Ford dealers also distribute exhibition materials in local public schools.
  • Providing general operating and project support to more than 300 visual and performing arts organizations throughout the United States, and encouraging its employees to serve the arts as volunteers and members of their boards of directors.

MetLife, Inc.
MetLife Foundation
(Received Award as Metropolitan Life Insurance Company/Metropolitan Life Foundation)
New York, New York
Bestowed 1996

MetLife, Inc. [formerly Metropolitan Life Insurance Company] has been supporting the arts since 1958 when the company made a lead grant toward the construction of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., New York, New York. Since 1977 MetLife has provided support for the arts through the MetLife Foundation. In 1995 MetLife and the MetLife Foundation allocated more than $3 million to the arts.

MetLife has benefited the arts, business and the community by:

  • Creating a number of innovative programs including: Partnerships: Arts and the Schools, a program designed to foster collaborative projects between cultural organizations and public schools; Arts Partnerships Program, which links cultural organizations with community organizations; and Artist and Homeless Collaborative Project of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, New York, which brings homeless youths to the museum and museum educators to homeless shelters to conduct writing and drawing projects.
  • Developing the Dance Collaborations Program to enable established dance companies to commission new works and to provide opportunities for choreographers to develop their craft. In 1995, the foundation made grants to Ballet Hispanico of New York, Inc., the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the José Limón Dance Foundation and the Parsons Dance Foundation, all of New York, New York.
  • Forming a partnership with the Theatre Communications Group, Inc. (TCG) to develop the TCG/MetLife Foundation Extended Collaboration program. This program encourages collaborations between directors, playwrights and others to create new theater works.
  • Supporting exhibitions that promote appreciation and understanding of various cultures. In 1995, exhibitions supported by the foundation included “In the Spirit of Resistance,” which examined the influence of Mexican-American muralists on the work of African-American artists; “Bridges and Boundaries: African-Americans and American Jews,” which explored similarities in experiences between the two groups; and a retrospective of the African-American photographer Roy DeCarava. The foundation was the sole sponsor of the 1995-1996 Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble Tour to 40 U.S. communities and was the lead sponsor of the 1995 Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Tour, “The Majesty of Louis Armstrong,” which featured performances in 21 U.S. cities.
  • Structuring an innovative re-financing arrangement for the New York Dance Center — home of American Ballet Theatre and Feld Ballet, New York, New York, as well as the site of many rehearsal studios and theater design studios — through its Social Investment Program. The $2.5 million loan, with a below-market interest rate, guaranteed the survival of the center.
  • Supporting public radio and television programs. For 12 seasons MetLife has been the sole sponsor of “Adam Smith” on PBS. In 1995, the foundation was also the sole sponsor of “BAM Radio,” a Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) performance series, broadcast on Public Radio International (PRI) and National Public Radio (NPR). Additionally, the foundation was the lead sponsor of the 1995 season of “Jazz From Lincoln Center” on NPR.
  • Sponsoring cultural programs, including art exhibition and free lunch-time performances, in the MetLife Building in New York, New York through The MetLife Real Estate Investments Division.
  • Establishing the Volunteer Ventures Program in 1990 to encourage and recognize employee volunteerism. MetLife employee volunteers may apply for $1,000 grants to benefit the organizations they serve. Each year, cultural organizations and other not-for-profit organizations throughout the United States receive approximately $100,000 through this program. MetLife employees also serve on the boards of directors of arts and cultural organizations throughout the United States.

Sara Lee Corporation
Chicago, Illinois
Bestowed 1995

Sara Lee Corporation supports the arts through the Sara Lee Foundation, which was established in 1981, and through its operating divisions worldwide. In 1994, the foundation's support to the arts totaled $5.4 million.

Sara Lee has benefited the arts, business and the community by:

  • Supporting both established and emerging arts organizations in Chicago where the company is headquartered. Since 1980 Sara Lee has supported The Art Institute of Chicago through operating grants and exhibition support for seven major exhibitions viewed by more than 900,000 individuals. Since the 1980s, Sara Lee has underwritten exhibitions and programs in the Chicago Historical Society, has supported programs at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and has sponsored productions of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, all in Chicago, Illinois. Sara Lee also provides general operating support to some of the newer Chicago-area arts organizations.
  • Supporting the arts in its operating communities, such as underwriting scholarships to the North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and sponsoring the exhibition “North Carolina Women Making History” in the North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, North Carolina. In Tennessee, the company sponsored the exhibition “Duncan Phillips Collects: Paris Between the Wars” in the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis.
  • Matching employee gifts to arts and cultural organizations through its Matching Grants Program. Employee gifts of up to $1,000 is matched on a two-for-one basis. The remainder, up to $10,000 per year, is matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis.
  • Providing significant product and in-kind donations to arts groups throughout the United States.
  • Maintaining a corporate art collection of more than 500 painting and sculptures, including works by Pissarro, Picasso and Degas. The company has published four books about the collection and has loaned works to the Reynolda House Museum, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee.