Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bank of America Merrill Lynch: Supporting the Arts
As a company serving clients in more than 100 countries, Bank of America Merrill Lynch is committed to a diverse programme of cultural support that engages individuals, organisations, communities and cultures in building mutual respect and understanding and which strengthens institutions that contribute to local economies. The company’s investment in the arts sets opportunity in motion in a climate that fosters innovation, respect and tolerance for an increasingly integrated world. 

Worldwide Support  
Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s art support programme in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) builds on the company’s leadership in arts support in the U.S. and the company now assists nearly 6,000 arts organisations worldwide. The Arts and Culture Programme is multi-layered and includes support across all art forms with an emphasis on programmes that create greater cultural understanding.

The company provides hundreds of grants a year through the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to a wide range of organisations that deliver community-based arts outreach and education programmes. Financial support is also directed to leading arts institutions which have included the V&A’s 2011 exhibition, The Cult of Beauty: the Aesthetic Movement 1860 – 1900, and Afghanistan: Crossroads of the Ancient World, which was on display at The British Museum until July 2011. The bank also supported Manet, The Man who invented Modern, which was also on display until July of this year at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. 

Global programmes include The Bridge Project (Presenting Sponsor), a theatre partnership between the Old Vic in London and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The final season of The Bridge Project has seen Kevin Spacey star in the title role of Sam Mendes’ acclaimed Richard III production in London, before touring in cities throughout the world. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is also proud to be Global Sponsor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 

The Bank of America Art Conservation Project
This unique project provides grants to non-profit museums throughout the world to conserve works of art that are in danger of degeneration but which are also important to the history of art or represent a cultural tradition or treasure of that nation. The programme, piloted in 2010 in EMEA, will be expanded to the U.S. and Asia in autumn 2011.

In 2010, works from 10 countries received funding for conservation, including The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife at the National Gallery of Ireland; Winged Victory of Samothrace at the Louvre; Woman in Blue by Pablo Ruiz Picasso, owned by the Reina Sofia in Madrid; three Bronzino paintings and one Pontormo Fresco at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence; and two photography collections from Iraq and Lebanon, which are owned by the Arab Image Foundation. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is proud to support the preservation of treasures from many nations, to highlight beauty, traditions and heritage as well as the need for art conservation.

Art in Our Communities®   
Through the Art in Our Communities programme, Bank of America Merrill Lynch has converted its own art collection into a unique community resource from which museums and non-profit galleries may borrow complete or customised exhibitions at no cost. By providing these exhibitions, the programme helps sustain community engagement and generate vital revenue for the venues, which in turn leads to stability in local communities. Through the company’s world-wide loaning programme, the largely American collection can also provide insight into American art and culture. Since its launch in late 2008, more than 50 exhibitions have been loaned to museums. Future shows include The Wyeth Family: Three Generations of American Art at the Mona Bismarck Foundation, Paris (10 November 2011 – 12 February 2012), and Conversations at the Museo del Novecento, Milan (30 September, 2011 – 15 January, 2012), an exhibition of 80 photographs by some of the genre’s most recognised names, including 19th century innovators Gustave Le Gray and Julia Margaret Cameron, through to 20th century luminaries such as Alfred Stieglitz and Irving Penn. The Art books of Henri Matisse is currently on display at the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, until 25 September 2011 when it will then move to The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, from 21 October 2011 to 15 April 2012.