Bank of America continues to expand its global effort to preserve culturally important works of art, today announcing a request for grant applications from global art institutions. Applications for the Bank of America Art Conservation Project are welcome from all nonprofit cultural institutions with significant works of art requiring conservation. The deadline for submissions is January 17, 2014 and applicants can submit proposals online at http://museums.bankofamerica.com/arts/conservation/apply. The Bank of Art Conservation Project is a unique program that provides grants to nonprofit museums throughout the world to conserve historically or culturally significant works of art that are in danger of deterioration. Since the program’s launch in 2010, Bank of America has provided grants to museums in 25 countries for 57 conservation projects. These include Gustave Courbet’s monumental “The Painter’s Studio” at Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Pablo Picasso’s “Woman Ironing” at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, a 16th century eight-fold screen by Kanō Eitoku, designated as a national treasure by the Japanese government, at the Tokyo National Museum and a collection of paintings by Gerard Sekoto at the Johannesburg Art Gallery. “Art has a unique ability to both connect people across cultures and help communities thrive,” said Rena DeSisto, International Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Arts and Culture executive at Bank of America. “This program allows us to have a direct impact on art conservation worldwide while shining a light on the need for employing conservation professionals, making it more viable for works of art to be loaned or kept on display and to preserve these important cultural treasures for generations to come.” The Bank of America Art Conservation Project is a key component of the bank’s global commitment to supporting the arts, which includes a multi-tiered program of sponsorships and grants as well as loans of full exhibitions from its own collection to nonprofit museums around the world.
Grant recipients in the U.S. have included: The Detroit Institute of Arts; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Miami Art Museum; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; New Bedford Free Public Library; Philadelphia Museum of Art; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Seattle Art Museum; and The Menil Collection, Houston, among others. For a full list and description of projects and images, please visit http://museums.bankofamerica.com/arts/conservation.Bank of America Corporate Social ResponsibilityBank of America corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a strategic part of doing business globally. Our CSR efforts guide how we operate in a socially, economically, financially and environmentally responsible way across more than 100 markets around the world, to deliver for shareholders, customers, clients and employees. Our goal is to help create economically vibrant regions and communities through lending, investing and giving. By partnering with our stakeholders, we create shared value that empowers individuals and communities to thrive and contributes to the long-term success of our business. We have several core areas of focus for our CSR, including responsible business practices; environmental sustainability; strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs; investing in global leadership development; and engaging through arts and culture. Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com/about and follow us on Twitter at @BofA_Community. Visit the Bank of America newsroom for more Bank of America news. www.bankofamerica.com