METLIFE FOUNDATION NATIONAL ARTS FORUMS
MetLife Foundation National
Arts Forums provide Rhode Islanders as well as others around the
country the means to engage in a dialogue on arts and business issues
ranging from our ability to grow the creative economy to statewide
cultural planning, cultural tourism and arts in education.
For the past three years,
MetLife Foundation has provided support for Arts Forums each year
in New York City dealing with subjects of interest to both the arts
and business communities. Recently, The MetLife Foundation contributed
$150,000 to sponsor the Arts & Business Council’s National
Arts Forum Series. This support has enabled the Council’s
affiliates in Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Providence, Miami,
Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York to
produce Arts Forums and examine important issues facing their local
“The arts not only provide a forum for the exchange of ideas
and exploration of creativity, but also have a positive economic
effect on our cities and communities and improve understanding of
our nation’s cultural diversity,” commented Sibyl Jacobson,
president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. “The National Arts
Forums are opportunities to encourage interaction, collaboration
and dialogue among arts organizations and between the arts and business
MetLife Auto & Home
received the 2001 BVA/RI Encore Award for outstanding corporate
support of the arts in Rhode Island.
MetLife and MetLife Foundation
have long been involved in supporting the arts and arts education,
contributing $63 million since 1990 alone. The Foundation’s
arts and culture program focuses on supporting both national and
local organizations that increase and create new audiences, as well
as encourage access to the arts. The Foundation accomplishes this
through grants, support of touring exhibits and performing companies,
arts education and support of quality educational and cultural programs.
MetLife is a founding member of the BVA/USA program.
The arts contribute to
the health, vitality and development of our communities and MetLife
Foundation National Arts Forums provide an opportunity to strengthen
the arts through communication.