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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Shameless Self-Congratulations

I split my time between two different worlds—corporate America and artworld America—and I usually keep the two separate. I’m good at what the shrinks call “compartmentalizing.”

Every so often, though, I find a way to bring these two worlds together. Last November I published something that in retrospect comes across as being just too damn self-righteous. In it, I alluded to the fact that I do some pro bono consulting for nonprofit arts organizations.

I was informed recently, and the announcement was made public yesterday, that I’m being honored by the Arts and Business Council of New York for these efforts. On June 21, I will be receiving this year’s Business Volunteers for the Arts Award as part of their annual Encore Award ceremony. More information, and a listing of this year’s other honorees in the various categories, is available on the organization’s website.

If you’re not familiar with the Arts and Business Council (which recently merged with Americans for the Arts), you should be. Whether you’re a professional with skills to donate or an arts manager facing strategic, marketing, or operational issues, it’s worth a visit to the website to explore their Business Volunteers for the Arts program. This free service is run in 23 cities around the country and has generated over $100M in services for the nonprofit arts community since its inception.

Tickets for the event are available here. If you do attend the ceremony, make a point of stopping by my table to say hello.



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