Underscoring the importance of art in all its forms, Blick CEO Robert Buchsbaum spoke to a gathering of arts supporters on October 5, 2016, at the annual BCA 10 gala in New York City. Buchsbaum attended the event to accept a 2016 Leadership Award bestowed by the Business Committee for the Arts, a division of Americans for the Arts.
In his acceptance address, Buchsbaum shared remarks made by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney at a Blick-sponsored event the previous week. Speaking to an audience of students and art teachers, Kenney said that although as a young man he was an athlete and more interested in football, he learned courage, confidence, and creativity not from sports, but in a drama class. "Do art, do drama, do music," Kenney told the group. "Take risks."
Relaying the story, Buchsbaum said he was reminded by Kenney’s words "how lucky I am to be involved in a business that gets to provide, in large measure, that creativity." Buchsbaum thanked the BCA and Americans for the Arts, plus his family and the thousands of Blick associates "who work very hard for the nearly million customers who come through our doors every year."
Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts, said, "I congratulate Robert Buchsbaum, whose long history of dedication, forward-thinking leadership, and support for the arts has been unwavering. He truly believes in the power and benefits of the arts in everyday society."
See Buchsbaum’s acceptance speech here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6x0uXOcK3Js
Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. 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. Visit www.AmericansForTheArts.org for more information.
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. Visit www.pARTnershipmovement.org for more information.
Award to be presented at October 5 New York City Gala
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading non-profit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, today announced that Robert Buchsbaum, Chief Executive Officer of Blick Art Materials, will receive the 2016 BCA Leadership Award. Presented by the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA), a division of Americans for the Arts, the annual award recognizes individuals for their extraordinary vision, leadership, and commitment to supporting the arts and for encouraging other businesses to follow their lead.
Buchsbaum joined Blick in 1996 and successfully restructured the company, helping turn Blick into the nation’s premier art supply source. In 2013, Blick absorbed Utrecht Art Supplies and now has more than 70 retail stores across the country, selling art materials that cater to the full spectrum of artists — from the youngest child to gallery-represented professionals. Over the past 15 years, under Buchsbaum’s leadership, Blick has made financial contributions of at least $475,000 a year to programs and organizations that support the arts and arts education.
Buchsbaum’s commitment to leadership is also shown through Blick’s support of the National Art Education Association, the Arts Action Fund — a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization affiliated with Americans for the Arts — and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, as well as his personal board representation with the National Art Materials Trade Association and Marwen, a non-profit dedicated to educating and inspiring under-served young people through the visual arts.
The legacy of Buchsbaum’s leadership is connected to his grandfather, Robert Metzenberg, who bought the company from Dick Blick in 1948 and was instrumental in its post-World War II growth. Metzenberg’s dream was to see that every artist, art teacher, and sign painter had mail-order access to the tools of the trade.
"I am honored to be named BCA’s 2016 Leadership Award honoree, in recognition of Blick’s long history of advocating for and supporting the arts," said Buchsbaum. "We look forward to continuing our support of the Arts Action Fund in creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate the arts."
"I congratulate Robert Buchsbaum, whose long history of dedication, forward-thinking leadership, and support for the arts has been unwavering. He truly believes in the power and benefits of the arts in everyday society," said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts.
BCA Leadership award honorees are selected by the BCA Executive Board. Buchsbaum will receive his award at the BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America gala on October 5, 2016, a black-tie affair at the Loeb Boathouse in New York City’s Central Park.
Every year, through the BCA 10 awards, the Business Committee for the Arts honors 10 U.S. companies for their exceptional commitment to the arts through grants, local partnerships, volunteer programs, matching gifts, sponsorships, and board membership.
The 2016 BCA 10 honorees are Austin Energy; Badger Meter; CopperPoint Insurance Companies; Dealer.com; Dogfish Head Craft Brewery; Dunlap Codding; Johnson & Johnson; M Powered Strategies, Inc.; Northern Trust; and Procter & Gamble. In addition, Aetna Inc. will be presented the 2016 BCA Hall of Fame Award, which recognizes companies that have exhibited exceptional long-term vision, leadership, and commitment to developing alliances with the arts.
For information regarding BCA 10, please contact Jessica Gaines, Business Committee for the Arts Coordinator at (212) 223-2787or via e-mail at email@example.com.
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 www.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.
Visit www.pARTnershipmovement.org for more information.
TEACHERS & PROGRAM LEADERS -- Enter to WIN A FREE KIT packed with some of our most popular art room essentials. Click here for details on how you can enter this year’s drawing for $500 in classroom supplies!
CONGRATULATIONS to the following schools whose names were drawn in Blick's 2015 Art Room Favorites Drawing.
Check out 14 Blick lesson plans introduced in 2016 for K-12 education — you'll find something for all ages, skill levels, and budgets. Request a free copy by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Type 'Fall 2016 Lesson Plan Brochure Request' in the subject line, and be sure to provide your name and complete mailing address int he body of the message. Or, to download free PDFs of the less plans, click here
Blick Art Materials is pleased to support the 2017 NAEA Convention as a Diamond Sponsor. Blick welcomes educators to visit its expansive exhibit space March 2-4, 2017, at the Hilton New York, New York, NY.
Visitors to the Blick exhibit will receive a canvas jacketed sketchbook plus a free brochure packed with implementation tips for 14 innovative and all-new Blick lesson plans for the classroom. Completed artwork of all lesson plans will be on display.
Booth visitors will have an opportunity to create two newly introduced 2017 lesson projects.
As a Diamond Sponsor, Blick is proud to continue its support of NAEA beyond the convention and also to support state art education organizations by attending conferences, advertising in organization publications, and providing door prizes, product samples, and workshops.
Blick continues its supportive tradition of holding a drawing from entries received at AEA conferences during October and November 2016. Two grant recipients will be drawn from entries submitted at the Blick Art Materials booth during fall 2016 state art education association conferences. Each grant recipient will receive:
The estimated total value for each grant is $2,000.
2016 grant recipients, drawn from more than 2,000 entries, were:
Blick's 3rd annual Mixed Media Contest invites students in grades K-12 to express their experiences and accomplishments gained through art — a chance for students to speak out as art advocates!
Entries are due by April 14, 2017. Complete rules are available here and in Blick's 2017 Materials for Art Education catalog.
Selected artworks by finalists will be printed as part of complimentary Art Advocacy Poser Set available to attetendees of NAEA affiliated conferences and as a downloadable digital slideshow. A gallery of 2016 Gold and Silver Medalists is available here.
Nearly 40,000 votes cast for student artwork displayed online and at Tollway oases
The Illinois Tollway has announced that Luis Chavez, a junior at Bolingbrook High School in Bolingbrook, Illinois, is the grand prize winner of the 2017 Illinois Tollway Map Cover Art Contest: Enhancing Drivers Experience via Innovation and Technology.
The contest is sponsored by the Illinois Tollway, Blick Art Materials, and MB Real Estate Services Inc. (MBRE).
Students selected as runners-up in the contest were:
"I’d like to thank my teacher, Mr. Sullivan for giving me the opportunity and to my family and friends for supporting me," said Luis Chavez. "This has really been a fun and exciting contest and experience for me."
"We are proud to display Luis Chavez’ winning artwork on the cover of the 2017 map to remind customers of the Tollway’s investments in technology and innovation," said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Greg Bedalov. "We thank the students and their teachers for participating and also members of the public who voted in record numbers to choose our four finalists."
"Blick Art Materials congratulates the grand prize winner and finalists in the Tollway art contest," said Blick Art Materials Chief Executive Bob Buchsbaum. "We are impressed with the level of creativity shown in the students’ visions of the future and are proud to co-sponsor this worthy endeavor."
Awards presented to the finalists include:
All students who participated in the contest received a certificate of appreciation from the Tollway.
The Illinois Tollway is building state-of-the-art roadways to improve travel, reduce congestion and better serve its 1.6 million daily drivers. In 2017, the Tollway will roll out the first SmartRoad on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) incorporating active traffic management, integrating transit and delivering a 21st century corridor. SmartRoad will provide real-time travel information via dynamic electronic signage, integrate Flex Lanes for Pace buses to provide reliable service and include flexible technologies so new smart features can be added as they come online in the years ahead.
Recognizing that high school students throughout the region are the next generation of drivers, the Illinois Tollway invited students in the 12 counties served by the Tollway to submit original works of art that illustrate what a SmartRoad can offer drivers as part of the 2017 Map Cover Art Contest.
Nearly 40,000 votes by members of the general public were cast online to identify four finalists, with the overall winner and runners-up selected by a panel of judges including members of the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors and representatives from MBRE.
In all, the Tollway received more than 90 entries from high schools throughout the region and 10 semi-finalists were selected for public voting. The artwork of the 10 semi-finalists, including the winning entries, is currently on display at each of six Illinois Tollway oases.
Artwork created by the grand prize winner will be featured on the cover of the Tollway’s 2017 map, which is distributed at no cost to more than 75,000 customers. Artwork created by the winner and runners-up will be featured in the Tollway’s 2016 annual report.
"With so many innovative designs submitted by talented young artists this year, MBRE is very excited to co-sponsor the 2017 Tollway’s student art contest," said Alma Becerra, general manager of MBRE. "Congratulations to the winner and to all who participated this year."
The Council for Art Education is excited to announce the recipients of the 2015 Youth Art Month Awards. The Council for Art Education Board of Directors voted to recognize the following states and individuals for its 2014/2015 Youth Art Month Programs.
Claire Flanagan Memorial (Grand) Award
Texas: Chris Cooper, VP of Youth Art Month
Award of Excellence
Georgia: Katie Vanhoff and Whitney Riker, Co-chairpersons
New Jersey: Patricia Branch and Teri Trumpbour, Co-chairpersons
Virginia: Jessica Beach, Chairperson
Award of Merit
Alabama: April Jones, Chairperson
Illinois: Greg Petecki, Chairperson
New Mexico: Vicki Breen and Sherri Smith, Co-chairpersons
New York: Julia Lang-Shapiro and Donnalyn Schuster, Co-chairpersons
Wisconsin: Tiffany Beltz, Chairperson
Oklahoma: Michelle Barnes and Sarah Carnes, Co-chairpersons
Utah: Elizabeth Sampson, Chairperson
To be eligible for an award, state chairpersons submitted documentation of their Youth Art Month programs. Documentation was evaluated across a variety of key categories, based on predetermined criteria.
Awards will be presented on March 17-19, 2016, at the 2016 National Art Education Association (NAEA) Convention in Chicago, Illinois.
Sponsored nationally by The Council for Art Education, Youth Art Month is an annual observance designed to emphasize the value of art education for all youth and to encourage support for quality school art programs. Typically held in March, Youth Art Month provides a forum for acknowledging the imagination, innovation, and creative skills that a visual arts experience can nurture. Across the country, students, teachers and communities direct attention to the value of a visual arts education that develops divergent and critical thinking, multicultural awareness, technical communication, and expressive skills.
To find out more about Youth Art Month or to participate in Youth Art Month activities, contact your state chairperson, state art education association, or The Council for Art Education.
The Council for Art Education (CFAE) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) association created in 1984 through The Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI). ACMI seeks to promote safety in art and creative products through its certification program, and is a major sponsor of CFAE.
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Blick’s "Future Order" program makes life easier for educators and schools. "Future Orders" is an ordering and payment option that encourages educators to order the supplies in advance of the next semester. Just imagine — no scrambling at the beginning of a new semester to make sure you have all the supplies you need!
Blick's Future Orders program offers two primary advantages:
Here's how future ordering works:
To order, choose the method that's easiest for you:
How do the different blocks for block printing compare? Click here for a great comparison chart that explains the differences across the printing blocks we carry. While this may not answer all your questions, it will be a greate places to start! If a hands-on comparison is needed, contact our Product Information team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-933-2542 to request specific sapmles, most of which we can provide.
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