Chosen for Business Support of the Arts (small), Heartland Bank is proud to be recognized for going above-and-beyond in our efforts to support local artists, arts organizations, and public art. Heartland Bank was honored at a luncheon on May 16, 2018, by the program sponsors, the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) and the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation.
Scott McComb, Chairman, President and CEO of Heartland Bank said, “We are pleased to be recognized for such a prestigious honor. Support for local music and the arts fosters the development of important skills in the lives of children and families who embrace the arts, learn from the tradition and become lifelong arts advocates.”
Nominating Heartland Bank for the Small Business Support of the Arts Award was Patti Von Niessen, Executive Director of Summer Jam West, a grassroots community coalition that hosts an annual free arts and music festival at Westgate Park in the Hilltop. “Summer Jam West was honored to nominate Heartland Bank for the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio, Small Business Support of the Arts Award,” she said. “Not only does the bank support our event financially, but their associates volunteer their time as well. We have been blessed to have been able to forge a strong partnership with an outstanding, local community-minded bank.”
The Governors Awards luncheon was held in conjunction with Arts Day, a daylong arts advocacy event sponsored by the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation. Several Heartland Bank associates attended the event at the Columbus Athenaeum, including Scott McComb, President and CEO of Heartland Bank, along with Patti as our nomination sponsor. Several individuals who wrote letters of support also attended including Adam Brouillette of Blockfort Studios and Gallery, Laurie Jadwin of the Gahanna Ohio Convention & Visitors Bureau, Shawn Conrad of the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce, and Janet Davis of the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce.
“Heartland Bank’s vital role in advancing the development of arts in Gahanna began nearly two decades ago, with its support of a half-day musical event that celebrated the opening of the city’s picturesque Creekside Park. Since that time, thanks in large part to the ongoing dedication and commitment of Heartland Bank, that same half-day event has grown into an award-winning three-day celebration of music and the arts now known statewide (and beyond) as the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival (“CBJF”)," stated Laurie Jadwin in her letter of recommendation to the OAC.
While there are many opportunities to support the communities served, Heartland Bank steps up, time and time again, to provide assistance to local art organizations. It’s more than donating money to a community art show, a concert or even a local high school that’s trying to send their marching band to a bowl game. It’s about providing the opportunity for local artists to display their work in the branch offices, funding public art in a downtown development, donating advertising time on Heartland’s digital billboard to support groups like the local symphony, helping entrepreneurs purchase abandoned warehouses to transform into artist studios, while simultaneously enriching their local communities through their involvement. Heartland is proud to support the entrepreneurial spirit of those that live, work and play in the communities they serve.
Whether you’re an art lover or just intrigued by our ‘artrepreneurial’ spirit, come on over to one of our 15 Heartland Bank locations and check us out!