About the Lecture

The David Rockefeller Lecture on arts and business is an annual lecture in New York City featuring prominent business leaders addressing the vital connection between the arts and business. The Lecture is named for David Rockefeller, founder of the Business Committee for the Arts for the Americans for the Arts program and former Chairman and CEO of Chase Manhattan Corporation. This ongoing lecture series was created to advance Rockefeller’s belief that the arts are essential to free enterprise and human achievement, and to encourage businesses to form alliances with the arts as an expression of their broader responsibility to their communities.

Americans for the Arts has a core belief that when the arts and businesses partner, everyone profits, and this belief is carried through our programs including the Business Committee for the Arts, pARTnership Movement campaign, and professional development and communications strategies reaching arts and business leaders alike.

For questions contact [email protected] or call 212.223.2787 x1116. Information about previous Rockefeller Lectures can be found on our archive page.


2018 David Rockefeller Lecture featuring artist Jeff Koons

Artist Jeff Koons presented the 2018 David Rockefeller Lecture on June 5 at the New York Auditorium on Broadway. He was introduced by Laurent Gaveau, Head of Google Arts & Culture Lab. The two participated in a discussion, moderated by Julie C. Muraco, Founder and Managing Partner, Praeditis Group LLC and Chair of the Board of Directors, Americans for the Arts. The evening opened with a musical performance by Yancy Garcia.

Thank you to The Conference Board for providing video services for the event.


See all of the photos from the 2018 David Rockefeller Lecture on the Americans for the Arts Flickr.