Americans for the Arts Announces Honorees for BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma—Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, announced on Tuesday that Dunlap Codding, an Intellectual Property boutique law firm,has been named a BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America honoree for 2016.  

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.  

In 2015 alone, Dunlap Codding opened its doors to host weekly events involving the creativity and arts communities:  Theatre opening parties and board meetings, jazz improvisation nights, The Mix Concert Series, underground theatre, video screenings, weaving classes, storytelling festivals, and more.  The highlight of the year was the firm's sponsorship of the Glitter Ball, a gala benefiting deadCENTER Film Festival, Sunbeam Family Services, and OKC Girls Art School.  The firm has also sponsored “Premiere on Film Row”—a monthly Art Walk/Street Festival.  In addition to offering the use of the space for free, thousands of firm volunteer hours have been donated and the firm has contributed many thousands of dollars to hosting, supporting, and funding these events.   

The BCA 10 Awards will be presented by Americans for the Arts on October 5, 2016, at a black-tie gala at the Central Park Boathouse in New York City. The 2016 honorees are:  

Austin Energy (Austin, TX)
Badger Meter (Milwaukee, WI)
CopperPoint Insurance Companies (Phoenix, AZ)
Dealer.com (Burlington, VT)
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, DE)
Dunlap Codding (Oklahoma City, OK)
Johnson & Johnson (New Brunswick, NJ)
M Powered Strategies, Inc. (Washington, DC)
Northern Trust (Chicago, IL)
Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, OH) 

Dunlap Codding Shareholder Douglas J. Sorocco said, "Art and creativity enrich the soul and provide a means for community expression. By opening our doors to artists and creators, we help to foster a spirit of generosity, inclusiveness, empathy, and volunteerism. As we become more intertwined into this community, our own capacity for compassion and generosity is magnified."

"We are grateful to honor these businesses 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. "These businesses 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. They enrich the lives of millions of Americans and truly set a standard for other businesses to follow."  

For information regarding BCA 10, please contact Emily Peck, Vice President of Private Sector Initiatives at (202) 371-2830 or via e-mail at epeck@artsusa.org. 

Dunlap Codding P.C., with offices in Austin, Chicago, Oklahoma City, and Washington, D.C., serves sophisticated international, national, and regional clients. Established in 1957 as Oklahoma’s original intellectual property firm, Dunlap Codding remains the state’s largest and most versatile IP boutique law firm. 

Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 50 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at AmericansForTheArts.org.

Founded in 1967 by David Rockefeller, the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA), a division of Americans for the Arts, encourages, inspires, and stimulates businesses to support the arts in the workplace, in education, and in the community. The Business Committee for the Arts merged with Americans for the Arts in 2008.

 

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