We are pleased to share that Milliken & Company has been recognized by Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, as one of the BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America for 2014.
Every year, Americans for the Arts, through the Business Committee for the Arts, recognizes ten U.S. companies for their exceptional commitment to the arts through grants, local partnerships, volunteer programs, matching gifts, sponsorships and board membership.
The advancement of the arts profoundly impacts every industry that Milliken serves. It fosters creativity and encourages not only artists, but also others who are inspired to challenge how far they can push their talents - whether it is through architecture and interior design, chemical research, product design, material fabrication or building infrastructure.
Milliken & Company President and CEO Joe Salley shared his excitement regarding the recognition.
"Communities with thriving arts programs are proven to exude stronger and more vibrant cultures - and dare to 'do good' for the world," Joe noted. "The arts open our minds to the seemingly impossible and help us think with fresh perspectives, which is what our nearly 7,000 associates worldwide do every day to bring the Milliken spirit of innovation to life. It is their dedicated efforts that make this recognition possible."
Milliken's commitment to the arts spans its entire history, stemming from a corporate culture that cares about and respects its associates, its customers, its communities and the world. Complementing a heritage of support for the arts, the Milliken corporate campus abounds with artwork in the form of notable sculptures, paintings, murals, mosaics and fountains which enhance the creative spirit and inspire innovation.
Milliken also works to advance the arts and arts education within particular industries. In the architecture and design community, Milliken is a strong advocate of passionate design educators and is a proud sponsor of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Educator of the Year Award.
And as we celebrate this recognition, we send our sincerest thanks to Jennifer Evins, president and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center/The Arts Partnership, who was the driving force behind the nomination.