From Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, today announced that Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States, will receive the 2015 BCA Hall of Fame Award.
Presented by the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA), a division of Americans for the Arts, the BCA Hall of Fame Award recognizes companies that have exhibited exceptional long-term vision, leadership, and commitment to developing alliances with the arts. Honorees are selected by the BCA Executive Board.
Through civic leadership, volunteerism, and financial contributions, Duke Energy fosters arts initiatives that support economic development and cultural diversity in the regions it serves. The company’s contributions helped to create the Levine Center for the Arts in Charlotte and helped ensure the continuation of a partnership between the Charlotte Symphony and Opera Carolina.
“Duke Energy is committed to supporting the vitality of the communities we serve,” said Lynn Good, Duke Energy vice chair and CEO. “That includes introducing our young people to the arts at an early age. Study after study shows that children benefit immensely from exposure to the arts. Investing in the arts makes good sense, for our business and for our communities.” Good also serves on the board of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.
Duke Energy’s employees and retirees are able to maximize their personal contributions to nonprofit organizations, including arts organizations, through the company’s matching gifts program. Employees also participate in workplace giving campaigns through the Arts & Science Council (ASC) in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Duke Energy was recognized by Americans for the Arts as a BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts honoree in 2009.
“Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s cultural community is grateful for Duke Energy’s consistent and generous support of arts and cultural organizations and programs that educate, entertain, and enrich the quality of life for our residents and visitors,” said ASC President Robert Bush. “Duke Energy’s leadership has played a key role in building Charlotte’s extraordinary cultural institutions, not just through its generosity, but through the volunteer leadership from Duke in the cultural sector.”
“I am pleased to honor Duke Energy for their exceptional involvement in the arts,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “They have contributed to a vibrant arts community that provides creative outlets for citizens, exposes local audiences to first-rate performers and exhibits, and drives investment in local businesses.”
Duke Energy will receive the BCA Hall of Fame Award at the BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America gala on October 6, 2015, a black-tie affair at the Loeb Boathouse in New York City’s Central Park.