Business to Arts and their innovation partner Accenture, and category partners Arthur Cox, daa, ESB, Irish Life, The Arts Council of Ireland, The Irish Times and TileStyle, have launched the call for County Westmeath nominations for the landmark 30th anniversary 2022 Business to Arts Awards.
The awards celebrate the power of partnerships between two sectors that can generate learning, wellbeing, joy and innovation during times of hardship.
At the awards launch, Business to Arts and the awards partners encouraged businesses and philanthropists to look to the cultural sector for inspiration and support in providing engaging, insightful and enjoyable experiences both within and outside of the workplace.
Previous award winners include Iarnród Éireann/Irish Rail, An Post, Flogas, Grant Thornton, Dublin Port Company, Irish Film Institute, and the Naughton Foundation.
This year marks a landmark year in the awards history and also represents the highest level of monetary support to the arts offered with €25,000 available through bursaries and awards.
Now in its 13th year, the €10,000 Jim McNaughton/TileStyle Bursary, is open to emerging artist(s ) in any art form. The inaugural year of the ‘Accenture Digital Innovation in Art’ Bursary will offer €10,000 to an artist whose work is created digitally and showcases how harnessing the combination of technology and human ingenuity can produce new perspectives and approaches to art.
The daa €5,000 Arts Award honours an arts organisation in recognition of its effective and imaginative collaboration with a business. Additionally, the Best Philanthropic Support to the Arts award, supported by the Arts Council, recognises outstanding examples of sustainable and impactful arts philanthropy.
There are 11 categories in total focusing on sponsorship, commissioning, CSR initiatives and community engagement as well as mentoring, training, philanthropy, and staff programmes.
Closing date for applications is Tuesday, April 26 at 5pm. Go to www.businesstoarts.ie/awards for information on the application process and to complete the online application form.
The 2022 Business to Arts Awards Ceremony will take place on Tuesday September 20, at the National Concert Hall. As well as arts sponsorship and philanthropic support to the arts sector, the Awards recognise examples of arts and business organisations working together in other areas such as mentoring, training, events, staff engagement or development, commissioning artists, CSR initiatives, community engagements etc.