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Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America, announced that The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS) will be honored this fall with Americans for the Arts’ national Arts and Business Partnership Award.
Presented annually, the Arts and Business Partnership Awards – formerly called the BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America awards – honor 10 U.S. companies, a business leader, and an arts and business partnership for their exceptional commitment to the arts through grants, local partnerships, volunteer programs, matching gifts, sponsorships and board membership. The awards will be presented by Americans for the Arts on October 3, 2019, at a black-tie gala at the Central Park Boathouse in New York City.
The Marcus Corporation was honored for its more than $7.5 million in donations over the last decade through The Marcus Corporation Foundation, which supports many arts and culture related efforts and non-profit organizations, among others. In 2018, nearly 45 percent of total Foundation giving was allocated to philanthropic support for arts and culture initiatives.
The company’s long history supporting arts and culture spans many forms. Company chairman, Stephen H. Marcus was the visionary behind Sculpture Milwaukee, an outdoor, world-class sculpture exhibit that extends throughout the city. Moreover, The Marcus Corporation has been a leading partner behind the important work of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the United Performing Arts Fund, among other prominent cultural organizations.
The company also brings its passion for arts and culture to life throughout its portfolio of hotels and resorts. On June 4, Saint Kate—The Arts Hotel opened its doors in Milwaukee as one of the nation’s most immersive arts hotels. Housing permanent and rotating exhibitions along with theatrical performances and diverse performing arts experiences, Saint Kate is a living and breathing platform that celebrates the arts in all its forms, from music to dance, painting to sculpture, film to poetry and more.
The company’s flagship property, The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, maintains the largest Victorian art collection of any hotel in the world. Over a decade ago, the company pioneered the award-winning Artist-in-Residence Program at The Pfister. This program, which has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally, provides one working artist a year with a studio/gallery on the first floor of the hotel and a platform to introduce his or her craft to an appreciating audience. Similar arts programs can be found at other Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ properties around the country.
“Our commitment to the arts runs deep through just about everything we do,” said Gregory S. Marcus, president and CEO of The Marcus Corporation. “The arts connect us, inspire new thinking and bring us to see things from a new perspective, and in doing so, help shape a vibrant and diverse community. There is no price tag that can be put on what happens when people come together to share, make, express and evolve their perspective, and we aim to do what we can to be part of that experience. It is an honor to receive this prestigious recognition, a testament to our associates who support the arts in their communities every day.”
“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. They enrich the lives of millions of Americans and truly set a standard for other businesses to follow.”
About The Marcus Corporation
Headquartered in Milwaukee, The Marcus Corporation is a leader in the lodging and entertainment industries, with significant company-owned real estate assets. The Marcus Corporation’s theatre division, Marcus Theatres®, is the fourth largest theatre circuit in the U.S. and currently owns or manages 1,098 screens at 90 locations in 17 states. The company’s lodging division, Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, owns and/or manages 21 hotels, resorts and other properties in nine states. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.marcuscorp.com.
About Americans for the Arts
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 55 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.