2021-05-15
Call of Duty League and Overwatch League Loosen Sponsorship Restrictions, Will Allow Betting and Liquor Sponsors
After the announcement that the London Royal Ravens Call of Duty squad had taken on esports wagering site Midnite as a sponsor, sources close to the Call of Duty of Overwatch Leagues have confirmed with The Esports Observer that both leagues will now allow team sponsors from the wagering and liquor business sectors.Activision Blizzard, the parent company behind both the Call of Duty League and Overwatch League, has balked since the start of the league in allowing sponsors from the gambling and liquor spaces. This announcement appears to be a reversal of that philosophy.This new direction will undoubtedly open up new avenues of sponsorship opportunities as esports betting sites have at times stood up the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ecosystem and some others. And while the Overwatch League has signed deals with alcohol sponsors before, such as Bud Light, in the past teams had not been allowed to make those deals. Now they can.This is a developing story.Article by Kevin Hitt. Source: https://esportsobserver.com/cdl-owl-liquor-gambling/...
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2021-05-15
HyperX named partner for 2021 NHL Gaming World Championship
Will provide headsets to broadcast team, competitors HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology, Inc., today announced it is partnering with the National Hockey League (NHL®) as the Official Gaming Headsets supplier of the 2021 NHL Gaming World Championship™ (GWC). During the one-year deal, HyperX will provide headsets to the GWC broadcast team and qualified competitors, engage in product placement opportunities throughout all phases of the global tournament, and participate in community giveaways during the matches on Twitch.Now in its fourth year, the 2021 NHL Gaming World Championship™ invites the best EA SPORTS™ NHL® 21 players in Europe and North America to compete for the Club Championship and European Championship titles and prize packages, including the chance to win a share of the $100,000 prize pool. Running from April 7 to July 24, the NHL GWC offers the hockey gamer community a chance to show off their skills while sporting award-winning HyperX Cloud headsets. Tournament matches will be streamed on the NHL's Twitch channel and all tournament information, including format changes, schedules, rules and regulations, and prize pool allocation is available at www.nhl.com/gaming."As the lines continue to blur between esports and traditional sports, as seen with the NHL Gaming World Championship, we're seeing a rise in powerful forms of entertainment that unite gamers and sports fans alike," said Daniel Kelley, vice president of marketing, HyperX. "As players compete on the virtual ice to be named champion, hearing every detail and communicating effectivity is crucial. HyperX's best-in-class gaming headsets deliver the ultimate sound stage and comfort, paving the way for players to achieve their best.""As we have paused live special events temporarily due to COVID-19, having the best equipment for our competitors in a remote broadcast environment is paramount," said Chris Golier, NHL Vice President of Business Development and Innovation. "HyperX is the category leader in headsets and we are thrilled to partner with them to provide Cloud headsets to our talent and competitors for a superior audio experience this NHL GWC season."The NHL's foray into the competitive video game ecosystem aligns with HyperX's goal of connecting gaming fans across different sports and pop culture realms. Last summer, the NHL hosted a virtual NHL Player Gaming Challenge during the season's pause, inviting more than 45 NHL players to participate including Nashville Predators forward and avid gamer Filip Forsberg. Off the ice, Forsberg is a frequent player of popular video games such as NHL, FIFA and Fortnite and joined the #HyperXFamily in October 2019 as the first ice hockey player to be a HyperX gaming ambassador and part of the "We're All Gamers" campaign."Gaming is a passion of mine that allows me to connect with my friends in a fun way between NHL games, practices and while I'm on the road," said Forsberg, professional hockey player and HyperX ambassador. "The battles are always fun when we play EA SPORTS NHL 21. My HyperX gaming headsets are so comfortable and create a more realistic gaming experience."HyperX's line of Cloud gaming headsets feature best-in-class components to deliver superior performance, comfort, quality, and aesthetic design for the GWC broadcast team and competitors. With more than 10 years supporting esports tournaments, teams, players, and leagues, HyperX products are designed to meet the most rigorous demands of all gamers to give them the winning edge and stay on top of their game.Source: https://www.nhl.com/news/hyperx-named-partner-for-2021-nhl-gaming-world-championship/c-324664720?tid=280504338...
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2021-05-14
Tangerine Bank To Become First Foundational Partner Of The WNBA In Canada In Celebration Of League’s Historic 25th Season
– WNBA Tip-Off 2021 Presented By Tangerine To Air OnSportsnet ONE, TSN, Facebook and Twitter Beginning on Friday, May 14 –– More Than 50 Live WNBA Games Will Be Availablein Canada Throughout The 2021 Season –The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) today announced Tangerine Bank as the league’s first Foundational Partner in Canada. This multiyear partnership will see Tangerine present WNBA Tip-Off 2021, as the league’s landmark 25th season begins on Friday, May 14th, 2021.As the 12 WNBA teams tip off across the U.S., Tangerine Bank and the WNBA will team up to mark 25 years of empowering and uplifting women in sports, and are inviting fans to support and watch Canada’s best basketball players perform at the highest level, including Tangerine Champion and Phoenix Mercury guard Kia Nurse.Through Tangerine Project Forward™, Tangerine is committed to empowering communities through programs and initiatives that inspire self-confidence, leadership and acceptance in Canadian youth. In celebration of this new collaboration, during the WNBA’s historic 25th season, Tangerine will reaffirm its commitment to supporting the mental wellbeing of young basketball players on the court and in the community. For every mention during WNBA Opening Weekend on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the commemorative 25th season hashtag, #CountIt, Tangerine will donate one dollar to Kids Help Phone, up to $25,000 CAD. Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7 national e-mental health service offering bilingual (English and French) professional counseling, information and referrals, and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people.“Tangerine Bank’s commitment to the WNBA is a strategic step in growing the league’s presence outside the U.S. and globalizing the game,” said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert. “Tangerine’s vision to invest in the WNBA is another indication of the value that companies see in the growing popularity of women’s sports. We are grateful for their dedication to uplifting youth and women basketball players in Canada and beyond.”“As proud supporters of the NBA, Toronto Raptors and youth organizations dedicated to empowering young players on and off the court, we are thrilled to take this natural step and expand our commitment to basketball in Canada,” said Gillian Riley, President & CEO, Tangerine Bank. “We hope this collaboration will help shine a light on these exceptional female athletes and create an environment for women in sport to succeed.”As a new Foundational Partner of the WNBA in Canada, Tangerine will strengthen its ongoing community investment in basketball as the Official Bank of the Toronto Raptors and the NBA in Canada. Tangerine Project Forward also supports local communities through Community Gyms, designed to unite youth through on- and off-court skills development, food nutrition and financial literacy, and through female-focused clinics and camps.WNBA training camp rosters ahead of the 2021 season feature four Canadians: Toronto’s Natalie Achonwa (Minnesota Lynx), Chatham’s Bridget Carleton (Minnesota Lynx), Hamilton’s Kia Nurse (Phoenix Mercury) and Langley, BC’s Aislinn Konig (Washington Mystics). All four players have represented Canada on the Senior Women’s National Team.Coverage of WNBA Tip-Off 2021 presented by Tangerine will begin on Friday night as the No. 1 overall 2020 draft pick, Sabrina Ionescu, and the New York Liberty host the Indiana Fever on Sportsnet ONE and SN NOW (7 p.m. ET). On Saturday, two-time league MVP Candace Parker will make her debut with the Chicago Sky on TSN against Natasha Cloud and the Washington Mystics (1 p.m. ET), followed by the defending WNBA Champions, Seattle Storm as they host the Las Vegas Aces on Sportsnet ONE and SN NOW (3 p.m. ET). The Canadian WNBA broadcast schedule can be found at NBA.ca.Additionally, on Monday, May 17 at 9 p.m. ET, TSN will deliver the Canadian premiere of the latest ESPN Films documentary, “144”, about the unprecedented 2020 WNBA season, in which 144 players across 12 teams played 147 games from July to October 2020 in the bubble at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.The WNBA’s landmark 25th season will see new elements and activations, including a special edition commemorative logo, new Nike uniforms, new Wilson game ball, and the launch of the new in-season competition, the Commissioner’s Cup.Source: https://www.wnba.com/news/tangerine-bank-to-become-first-foundational-partner-of-the-wnba-in-canada-in-celebration-of-leagues-historic-25th-season/...
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2021-05-14
NHL, Betway announce multiyear partnership
Named official sports betting partner of League in United StatesBetway, a premier online sports betting brand, and the National Hockey League (NHL) today announced a new multiyear U.S. partnership, naming Betway an Official Sports Betting Partner of the NHL®. This deal represents Betway's first sports betting partnership with a North American professional sports league.Launching tomorrow with the start of the 2021 Stanley Cup® Playoffs, Betway will receive significant brand exposure on NHL game broadcasts via a corner in-ice brand position and camera-visible dasherboard. These signage placements will be for all games of the 2021 Stanley Cup® Playoffs and 2021 Stanley Cup® Final, will continue throughout the duration of the partnership and be broadcast to fans on a global basis. Betway will also receive a corner in-ice brand position at NHL tentpole events, including the NHL Winter Classic®, NHL Stadium Series™ and NHL® All-Star Weekend.Anthony Werkman, CEO of Betway said: "It's an incredibly proud moment as we announce our first North American sports league partnership with the NHL. Starting with the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Betway brand will receive major exposure to sports fans around the globe and that will continue at other NHL tentpole events throughout the calendar, which is hugely exciting for us.""The Stanley Cup Playoffs is the most exciting two months in sports and delivers a tremendous opportunity for fan engagement on a global basis," said Keith Wachtel, NHL Chief Business Officer and Senior Executive Vice President. "With the sports betting category continuing to evolve at a rapid pace, we're thrilled to launch our new partnership with Betway at this very exciting time of our season. Betway has a very aggressive growth strategy and are an ideal partner to engage with our avid fan base."Betway is the flagship sportsbook brand of Super Group (SGHC) who earlier this month announced it had entered into a definitive agreement with Sports Entertainment Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: SEAH) ("SEAH"), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, to bring its leading global online sports betting and gaming group to the U.S. public markets.Super Group CEO, Neal Menashe said: "This deal strengthens our global strategy to partner with the biggest leagues in the most popular sports around the world. Tens of millions of viewers will see the Betway logo on the ice for these prestigious games as we make ourselves known to a new audience in the U.S. and beyond."The partnership provides Betway with rights to use NHL marks, logos and official designations designed help create authentic NHL fan and consumer marketing programs. Additionally, Betway will have access to a full portfolio of NHL-controlled media assets throughout the term of the partnership including custom digital, social and email marketing campaigns focused on building brand awareness and driving new customer acquisition.Source: https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-betway-sports-betting-multiyear-partnership/c-324686178...
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2021-05-10
OVERACTIVE MEDIA, RED BULL PARTNER ON STUNNING NEW GAMING STUDIO
OverActive Media rebrands ahead of launching its massive new esports headquarters in TorontoLeading global esports organization, OverActive Media (OverActive) announced today that it has reached an exciting new multi-year partnership with Red Bull. As part of an upcoming new headquarters (HQ) reveal, today's announcement also includes a complete overhaul of the OverActive corporate and gaming brand identity.The new partnership includes a brand-new Red Bull Gaming Studio which will play a major part of OverActive's continued emphasis on creating content and fan opportunities at the intersection of gaming, sport and music. The partnership will also include product integration, custom content and support for Red Bull gaming events."This is such an important moment for our organization. We are so thrilled to be welcoming a partner like Red Bull to our OverActive Media roster," said Alyson Walker, Chief Commercial Officer at OverActive. "Red Bull has a proud reputation of creating compelling content and authentic activations across many sport verticals. The world of Red Bull combined with gaming will unlock premium experiences for our fans, our athletes, streamers and the overall Canadian gaming community." The Red Bull Gaming Studio will play host to many exciting gaming events such as tournaments, speaker sessions, artist performances, live events, media broadcasting and much more. The space will be the first-of-its-kind in Canada, inviting fans into the world of Red Bull through a unique hyper local lens. Until the Overwatch and Call of Duty Leagues return to live competition, the Red Bull Gaming Studio will be home to the Toronto Defiant and Toronto Ultra matches while the teams compete virtually.The OverActive brand and voice have evolved simultaneously as the company has grown into a global leading esports and entertainment organization. The choice to rebrand is anchored in OverActive’s optimistic vision for the future of the industry and the company’s place in helping accelerate and strengthen the gaming movement for fans everywhere. The new branding will be seen throughout OverActive’s Toronto headquarters, an overhauled website, and across social media assets and content.“Our aspiration was to bring the OverActive brand to life - introducing ourselves as a standout brand that encourages positivity and inclusivity, and is overactive in our pursuit to always improve the fan experience. We are very proud of this work, developed in-house by our passionate and talented team," said Mike Armstrong, VP Marketing at OverActive.Tomorrow morning, OverActive's new 15,000 square feet esports headquarters in Liberty Village, Toronto will be fully unveiled, including more visuals of the new Red Bull Gaming Studio, more partner integrations, and OverActive’s fresh new branding tied intimately throughout the facility....
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2021-05-10
UBS agrees to sponsorship and content deal with athlete-backed PlayersTV
Players Media Group has landed a top sponsor for its TV vertical that's backed by notable pro athletes.The company agreed to a multiyear partnership with global investment bank UBS. The Swiss bank will provide input and co-create content for the channel. UBS will also have a presence across PlayersTV digital and streaming properties. The terms were not made available. It's a seven-figure agreement, according to a source familiar with deal who wasn't authorized to discuss terms publicly.PlayersTV launched last year with the backing of various athlete investors, including National Basketball Association stars Chris Paul, Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, and C.J. McCollum. Major League Baseball legend Ken Griffey Jr. is also involved with the company.The channel was created to help athletes gain distribution for personalized content and it shares advertising revenue with creators. PlayersTV is available on Samsung TVs, Dish Network's streaming service Sling TV, and other platforms like Roku.The media group was $20 million last spring, CNBC reported. The company declined to provide an updated valuation.UBS and PlayersTV will collaborate to produce Long Game, an interview-style series that includes former National Football League lineman Adewale Ogunleye, who now heads UBS' sports and entertainment division. The parties also want to create financial literacy programs to show "budgeting basics and interest rates to taxes and income planning.""We're excited to work with PlayersTV to create culturally-relevant content that will educate and empower viewers on the value of financial wellness through the eyes of their favorite athletes and heroes," Jason Chandler, head of UBS wealth management, said in a statement. "We believe in the power of learning through others' experiences and hard-earned life lessons and know that our content will be relatable, easily digestible and informative to help make a difference in viewers' lives."Another show, which will launch in the fall, is a 10-episode series called Front Office that features Chris Paul. The behind-the-scenes show will feature athletes considering business ideas from fans."UBS and PlayersTV have shared values and are committed to creating athlete-led content to increase financial education and wellness, and empowering entrepreneurs and communities," said Christina Milano, PlayersTV vice president of sports media and entertainment.UBS is bracing for more presence on the U.S. sports landscape this year. It's preparing for the opening of the New York Islanders arena after the company struck a $350 million naming rights deal last July. UBS Arena will open for the start of the 2021-22 National Hockey League season.Source: https://www-cnbc-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.cnbc.com/amp/2021/04/29/ubs-agrees-to-sponsorship-and-content-deal-with-playerstv-.html...
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2021-05-07
Spin Master's Tech Deck® Brand Goes For Gold As An Official Sponsor of USA Skateboarding
Spin Master Corp, a leading global children's entertainment company, today announced that its Tech Deck brand is an official sponsor of USA Skateboarding, the national governing body for skateboarding in the United States.A global leader in the world of fingerboarding, the Tech Deck brand creates working replicas of skateboards that skateboarding enthusiasts 'ride' by mastering tricks and maneuvers with their fingers. Well-known in the skateboarding community, the brand has built a loyal following of skilled fingerboarders, collectors and kids and now the fan-favorite joins forces with USA Skateboarding as the sport makes its debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this summer."Tech Deck and USA Skateboarding share a passion for and commitment to growing and celebrating the sport and culture of skateboarding," said Chris Beardall, Spin Master's President of Toys and Chief Commercial Officer. "We are thrilled to be starting our sponsorship during such an exciting year as skateboarding debuts at the Olympics and reaches a whole new generation of fans.""The heart of skateboarding is fun, and no company embodies that better than Tech Deck," said Josh Friedberg, CEO, USA Skateboarding. "From the day we started our initial discussions, Tech Deck's commitment to skateboarding culture and their natural fit into our existing initiatives made it clear that we had a great opportunity – we're incredibly excited to have them as a partner in this historic year for skateboarding."The sponsorship kicks off with the 2021 USA Skateboarding National Championships for both skateboarding and fingerboarding, presented by Toyota. Open to all US citizens, the skateboarding finals are set but fingerboarders can post clips of themselves on social media to be judged by a panel of professional skateboarders. On May 10th, the winners will be announced, claiming the titles of National Champion for both Skateboarding and Fingerboarding. For more information, please visit usaskateboarding.com.Spin Master will also be launching official USA Skateboarding Tech Deck fingerboards. With only 10,000 of these exclusive Tech Deck boards being made across three designs, the boards will be given to the USA Skateboarding Team to take to Tokyo in addition to limited quantities that will be available on the USA Skateboarding website and given away on Tech Deck social channels. The Tech Deck brand will also be celebrating the inaugural year for the sport, activating on the ground in Kasama City, Japan where the US athletes will be stationed just prior to the games.Later this year, the Tech Deck brand will also be a supporting partner of a skateboarding-focused STEAM curriculum for kids offered through Innoskate – a joint venture between the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and USA Skateboarding....
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2021-05-04
Save-on-Foods committing $10M over next five years to fuel local sport
More Rewards is proud to partner with Save-On-Foods on Fueling Sport, a program designed to reward athletes at every level by fueling their journey from playground to podium with sponsorship, fundraising and cost-saving opportunities.Over the next five years, Fueling Sport will provide more than 500 amateur high-performance athletes and 150,000 community-level youth athletes from British Columbia to Manitoba with $10 million dollars in much-needed support.“An athlete’s journey from their hometown field to the top of the podium is often incredibly challenging,” said More Rewards president Dan Howe. “Between the cost to compete, the time and sacrifice away from home, friends and family, and the daily grind from weight room to field of play – our Canadian athletes are tireless in their pursuit. We are thrilled to say that from today forward, we are making a meaningful impact to fuel their journeys and reward their efforts with free and discounted groceries from Save-On-Foods for an entire year.”Several remarkable elite amateur athletes have already been selected to join the Fueling Sport program. Over the next four weeks, aspiring athletes across Western Canada will also be given the opportunity to apply to join this core group and receive critical financial support from More Rewards.“Today is just the beginning,” continued Howe. “We will be welcoming hundreds more aspiring athletes from senior club and provincial levels to national team members to the More Rewards family with the nutrition they need to reach their goals in sport and beyond. The impact of this program on communities is vast. Not only will More Rewards and Save-On-Foods build relationships with high-performance athletes, we will be providing significant savings, fundraising opportunities and support to parents, coaches and volunteers of youth sport programs.”“We’re proud to partner with More Rewards in the Fueling Sport program to provide the quality food athletes need, whether they’re learning to kick a ball for the first time, or have their sights set on the ultimate podium,” added Darrell Jones, president of Save-On-Foods.The grassroots community support Fueling Sport provides will help busy sport families, coaches and volunteers save on nutritious team snacks, food on the go, year-end team celebrations and fundraising.“Being part of a program that will support over 150,000 young kids just starting out in the game means so much to me,” said Fueling Sport athlete ambassador Desiree Scott, women’s national soccer team member and two-time Olympic bronze medallist.“There are so many young athletes from my hometown who will benefit from this amazing initiative. To have More Rewards in my corner as I train for my next big milestone this summer will make a huge difference. Being a female athlete comes with its own unique struggles and often we rely heavily on finding sponsorships/support opportunities like this to help offset costs of training at the highest level. Support like this goes such a long way.”More Rewards is now accepting applications for sponsorship from athletes located in Western Canada (including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Yukon) until May 28, 2021 at FuelingSport.ca....
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2021-05-04
Ricoh Canada supports the CanadianSME National Business Awards 2020 as a Gold Sponsor
Ricoh Canada Inc. is pleased to announce its sponsorship for the CanadianSME National Business Awards 2020. As a Gold Sponsor for this year's awards, Ricoh Canada is committed to supporting small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that have adapted to the challenges of the past year.The CanadianSME National Business Awards celebrates the efforts of SMEs and their successes across Canada. As the backbone of the Canadian economy, the resilience of SMEs is a testament to their accomplishments in their ability to adapt new innovations, digitalization and new market strategies.This year's virtual awards ceremony will be held on April 30, 2021 from 5-7pm EST. The awards also serve as a valuable networking opportunity for small business owners and entrepreneurs to share their knowledge and experiences in overcoming obstacles for success."As a Gold sponsor for this year's CanadianSME National Business Awards, we are delighted to be part of a network that truly values the contributions and accomplishments of Canadian entrepreneurs and small business owners.," says Eric Fletcher, Vice President of Marketing at Ricoh Canada. "For us at Ricoh, SMEs are an essential part of the business community and are crucial towards driving growth of the economy and creating change. For better."This year's CanadianSME National Business Awards celebrates SMEs across a wide variety of sectors, career stages, and milestones within the Canadian economy. For more event information or to purchase tickets, visit: www.smeawards.ca...
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2021-05-03
Bank of America Sponsors Heard Museum to Overcome Pandemic Losses
PHOENIX, Ariz. — Due to the coronavirus pandemic, nearly 30 percent of museums in the United States remain closed and most do not have plans to reopen in the near-term, according to a new study conducted by the Association of American Museums (AAM). Of the 850 museums that participated in the survey, 98 percent closed to the public last year and museums that have opened are experiencing 35 percent of normal attendance. According to the survey, individual museums through October lost about $850,000 in revenue in 2020 due to the pandemic. By the end of the year, directors anticipate losing the equivalent of 35 percent of their annual operating income.All areas of the economy in Indian Country have taken a toll as a result of the pandemic, especially the arts. The halt in tourism has severely undercut the economic livelihoods of American Indian artists and their communities throughout the nation. The largest Indian art markets in the country have been cancelled, postponed or switched to virtual shows and museums and galleries have largely closed to curb the spread of Covid-19.“The financial state of U.S. museums is moving from bad to worse,” said AAM President and CEO Laura Lott in a press release. “Without financial help, we could see thousands of museums shutter forever.”Although museums in Indian Country are open, some remain closed. The Oneida Nation Museum (Oneida, Wis.), Forest County Potawatomi Cultural Center & Exhibit (Crandon, Wis.),  and the White Mountain Apache Cultural Center and Museum (White Mountain Indian Reservation, Ariz.), are some that are currently closed with no reopening date in sight. The Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post (Mille Lacs Indian Reservation, Minn.) is scheduled to reopen on June 2, 2021. The Tamástslikt Cultural Institute in Pendleton, Ore. is partially open. Its museum store and café are open, but not its exhibits, which are scheduled to reopen on May 7, 2021.“Covid-19 has clearly illuminated the inequities in our society and we are increasingly concerned that the museums that represent communities of color are too experiencing disproportionate financial stress,” said Laura Lott in email to Native News Online. “As we begin to recover, these institutions’ sustainability needs to be a focus to help reduce the harm done to those most severely impacted by the pandemic.”Museums and art galleries have had to come up with creative ways to drive revenue in the midst of lower attendance. Many museums have offered discounted memberships, free admissions, unique sponsorship opportunities and have created virtual exhibitions and art shows, including the Heard Museum in Phoenix, as well as others. “The private sector has a role to play in keeping the arts thriving in our communities and our communities thriving through the arts – more so now than ever – and companies like Bank of America are finding creative ways to stand by local museum partners,” said Heard Museum Director of Communications Todd Vigil to Native News Online.The Heard Museum recently announced a corporate sponsorship provided by Bank of America. The partnership is a combined effort to keep arts alive and thriving and to support a cherished museum that showcases the arts and culture of America’s first peoples, said President of Bank of America Arizona Benito Almanza. “The Bank (of America) has always had an affinity towards the Heard Museum because of the support they have for our Native American community and culture,” Almanza told Native News Online. “The Heard Museum isn’t just a local museum, it’s world renowned with its visitors coming from all over the world to visit its exhibits.” Bank of America created a new digital initiative coined Masterpiece Moment, which showcases works of art in the collections of 25 of its museum partners through video vignettes – highlighting important works of art from a range of perspectives and mediums and offering a pathway for communities to experience museums during the pandemic. “Nationally, Bank of America recognizes that art is a great tool for the community,” Almanza said of its sponsorship. Bank of America has been a strong supporter of the Heard Museum, longer than Almanza has been state president of the bank, “which has been at least 20 years,” he said. Previously, the bank has underwritten a conservation program in 2015 that funded the restoration of eight iconic sculptures by notable American Indian artists through Bank of America’s Art Conservation Project, which included “Earth Song” by Allan Houser. The sculpture depicts an Apache man singing a song of respect, a prayer to Mother Earth by Houser, who is considered by many as the grandfather of contemporary Native American sculpture. The new sponsorship will highlight the restoration of Houser’s “Earth Song” in a video vignette hosted by Heard Museum CEO David Roche. “Bank of America’s exceptional support at one of the most challenging times in the Heard Museum’s 91-year history has inspired us and also made it possible for us to continue serving the community we love,” Roche told Native News Online. “Their support enabled us to bring masterpieces to the Arizona community.”Article Source: https://www.nativenewsonline.net/arts-entertainment/bank-of-america-sponsors-heard-museum-to-overcome-pandemic-losses...
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