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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 communities.

“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 communities.”

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.

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