The Metropolitan Arts Council and TD Bank presented the TD Bank Business and the Arts Partnership Awards last week at MAC’s 2020 annual meeting. The awards were filmed at MAC due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since 2002, TD Bank Business and the Arts Partnership Awards have gone to businesses and individuals who have devoted their time and energy to Greenville’s art scene.
- Greenville County First Steps, which was nominated by the South Carolina Children’s Theatre, received the award for business with less than 100 employees.
- BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, which was nominated by the Peace Center, received the award for business with 100 or more employees.
- C. Dan Adams, who was nominated by the Greenville Symphony, was recognized as the Put Your Heart in the Arts Volunteer of the Year.
“As our community, our state, our nation and most of the developed world battled one of the worst pandemics in global history, the 2020 TD Bank Business and the Arts Partnership Awards gave us a great opportunity to pause and celebrate the arts,” said MAC Board Chairman Michael Cooper in a statement.
Citing the Brookings Institute, Cooper said that nationally the arts sector lost 4.6 million jobs and more than $257 billion in sales last year. The pandemic has been devastating to Greenville’s creative economy.
“In spite of those significant headwinds, our arts community remained resilient throughout 2020. As a result, our staff and board of directors viewed the awards as a chance to recognize the many artists, arts organizations and community partners that stepped up in 2020. Their steadfast commitment has played a pivotal role in protecting and sustaining Greenville’s culture, well-being and quality of life.”
MAC’s executive director Alan Ethridge agreed. He said that the winners of the TD Bank Business and the Arts Partnership Awards this year have stepped up to the plate with their help at this crucial time for the arts.
“It’s always important to recognize corporations and individuals who support the arts, but it’s especially germane in 2020 because of the incredible financial losses that the arts have experienced during the pandemic,” said Ethridge.
Find out more about the other award recipients acknowledged during the annual meeting at https://www.greenvillearts.com/td-bank-business-in-the-arts-partnership-awards/
Read MAC’s annual report released on March 26 at https://www.flipsnack.com/macartscouncil/mac-annual-report-2020.html