Americans for the Arts announced that Zions Bank has been named a BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America honoree for 2018. 

Presented every year by the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA), a division of Americans for the Arts, the BCA 10 awards honor 10 U.S. companies for their exceptional commitment to the arts through grants, local partnerships, volunteer programs, matching gifts, sponsorships, and board membership. The BCA 10 awards will be presented by Americans for the Arts on October 2, 2018 in New York City.

Records reveal the Zions Bank’s early support and financing for institutions such as libraries, cultural halls and performance venues going back as far as the 1890s. In 2017, 40 percent of the bank’s total sponsorship dollars were made to more than 60 different arts organizations. Zions Bank has an extensive collection of nearly 4,000 original works of art adorning the walls of branches and corporate offices. Its employees are encouraged to volunteer with local nonprofits, including serving on boards of arts organizations. “As we build an enduring platform for economic success in our communities, we need to look both at business and at the arts,” said Zions Bank President and CEO Scott Anderson. “Both must have the opportunity to flourish.  Both make our communities stronger, more vibrant, and more enjoyable.  Our goal is to do our part to keep both our economy moving forward, and for our arts to inspire and enlighten our thoughts and lives.”

Other BCA 10 honorees include:

Churchill Downs (Louisville, KY)

Fifth Third Bank (Cincinnati, OH)

Fosun (New York, NY)

Phillips 66 (Houston, TX)

The Standard (Portland, OR)

Tierney (Philadelphia, PA)

UMB Financial Corporation (Kansas City, MO)

VF Corporation (Greensboro, NC)

West Bend Mutual Insurance Company (West Bend, WI)

“We are grateful to honor these businesses and individuals for their exceptional involvement in ensuring that the arts thrive in their communities,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “They provide the arts with significant financial and in-kind support, and they incorporate meaningful arts-related programs into their employee, customer, and community relations activities – truly setting a standard for other businesses to follow.”