The Importance of Art in Living and Working Environment
From Google to Evernote, Lyft to Medium, there isn’t a Silicon Valley HQ that doesn’t have an art collection that goes beyond the CEO-picked corporate collections of yesteryear. Not seen as a rainy-day investment, rather an investment in the wellbeing of their workforce, in the presence and attitude of their working environment, these companies are commissioning original artwork that relates to their individual personalities. Whether it’s emerging talent or big-name artists such as Shantell Martin, Felipe Pantone, or Barry McGee, Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters could double as an art gallery straight out of any of the world’s most important creative capitals. ( One street artist even lucked out to the tune of $200 million having accepted shares in the fledgling social network over a cash payment.) And it’s about more than just style.
A survey of over 800 employees working for 32 companies throughout the U.S.—conducted in collaboration with the Business Committee for the Arts and the International Association for Professional Art Advisors—found that art in the workplace helped businesses address challenges such as reducing stress (78% agreed), increasing creativity (64% agreed) and encouraging expression of opinions (77% agreed). As our other study has shown, we are preconditioned to appreciate art; art in the workplace is about more than transforming dull corporate environments. It’s about transforming those who work for you.
Creating community-oriented programs will improve and prosper new and existing artists.