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  2. 2. “The most influential art school in the United States” Producer of the most Fulbright Scholars over the last decade among all US art and design schools In the top 10 art and design schools in the country for both starting and mid- career salary potential Honored with the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in 2014, 2015, and 2016 —Columbia University’s Art Critics National Arts Journalism Survey —Payscale —Insight Into Diversity The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) Corporate Partners Program is an opportunity for the business community to engage with a world- class art and design school to advance culture and innovative thinking. Founded in 1866, SAIC is a leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars and offers nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees to nearly 3,600 students from 55 countries. Our resources include the Art Institute of Chicago museum, the Gene Siskel Film Center, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. And our culture of innovation and experimentation enables our students, faculty, and alumni to make significant, groundbreaking contributions to the art, design, and scholarship of our time. The School’s interdisciplinary approach empowers students and faculty to work across boundaries to solve problems with creative solutions—from product design to market research, from issues of sustainability to education and community outreach. As a corporate partner, you will contribute to the academic and professional development of the next generation of artists and designers while advancing SAIC’s impact on the cultural and intellectual landscapes of the places where faculty, students, and alumni live and work. INSPIRE VISIONARY IDEAS
  3. 3. “THE IDEA THAT SOMEONE IS PUTTING EFFORT INTO MY FUTURE WAS A SCARY, HAPPY MOMENT; BECAUSE NOW THAT YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY, YOU HAVE TO TAKE IT.” The young artists of today are the creative leaders of tomorrow. SAIC is committed to helping young people realize their full potential by creating pathways to college education. Scholarships like the Walter and Shirley Massey Chicago Fund provide students with the resources to achieve their goals. The Massey Fund Scholarship was created in honor of SAIC Chancellor Dr. Walter Massey and his wife, Shirley, who have been lifelong advocates for educational access for all students. The Massey Scholarship is awarded to Chicago public high school graduates, who receive support for all four years of their undergraduate studies at SAIC. The Massey Fund has a profound impact on the lives of our students and has already received enthusiastic support from many of our corporate partners. INVEST IN FUTURE CREATIVE LEADERS “IT MEANT THAT NOT ONLY WAS I ABLE TO GO TO COLLEGE, BUT THAT I COULD PURSUE MY DREAMS.” —Whitney Hinojosa, Massey Scholar —Moises Salazar, Massey Scholar
  4. 4. Chicago is important to SAIC. It’s where we live, learn, work, make connections, and draw inspiration. Because Chicago is our home, we strive to ensure that local students have access to all that SAIC has to offer. The College Arts Access Program (CAAP) helps SAIC make this happen. The College Arts Access Program (CAAP) provides access to an advanced arts education for Chicago public high school students, including many first-generation college attendees. Admissions are based on merit and financial need. CAAP’s goal is to help participants build the necessary skills to succeed in higher education, and to further integrate Chicago’s diverse community into SAIC. CAAP participants receive support with portfolio preparation, college application and career counseling, and financial planning. SAIC undergraduate mentors engage with the students as role models and campus liaisons. CAAP participants also have the opportunity to live on SAIC’s campus during the summer, giving them a preview of college life. PROVIDE ARTS ACCESS FOR CHICAGO STUDENTS “Every Sunday she’s excited to go to class. She’s growing and thinking outside of the box.” “CAAP expands your definition of being an artist. It opened me up to new ways of artmaking. It’s given me a lot of different techniques to use.” “I thought it was great that students could see artists working and what their process is like. It’s important to see artists in a professional environment, not just in a museum setting.” —Lawana Smith, CAAP parent —Srinidi Gopal, CAAP participant —Kristin Collins, CAAP parent
  5. 5. Corporate creativity drives advances in technology and business in countless ways. SAIC relies on that corporate creativity to ensure that students gain valuable real-world experience. By acting as mentors, engaging with our students as guest speakers, or participating in hands-on projects, our corporate partners become influential role models who increase students’ awareness of various career paths. There are many ways that you can have a positive impact on our students. For example, CAAP encourages students to explore career opportunities by connecting them with working professionals. Students explore careers through lectures by visiting professionals, studio projects, or field trips to the workplace. These talented young people learn so much from our corporate partners’ expertise and mentorship. MAKE A DIFFERENCE Artists play a key role in shaping community life. Their unique perspective and cultural contributions enhance the places where they live and work. SAIC has a long tradition of working in communities throughout Chicago, providing a leading example of the ways that artists can transform community life. A new program developed by SAIC’s Office of Engagement is the Homan Square Arts Initiative (HSAI), which establishes a new arts hub on Chicago’s West Side. HSAI is SAIC’s artist- and community-led arts outreach program in North Lawndale that offers an array of youth courses and workshops, neighborhood service days, and community design projects. HSAI provides a variety of opportunities for you to volunteer in the community and have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of Chicago youth. Volunteer opportunities with HSAI will begin in spring 2017. Another way that corporate partners can transform students’ lives is through SAIC’s Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration, which supports faculty projects and sponsored classes. Through these opportunities, our students gain real-world experience working with professionals from a variety of fields. TRANSFORM THE LIVES OF STUDENTS AND COMMUNITIES
  6. 6. Exclusive event with students, faculty, and SAIC President One curator-led tour and discussion of selected Sullivan Galleries exhibition Invitations to a private event with visiting artists, scholars, and distinguished guests One-time use of Sullivan Galleries for a corporate gathering (i.e., board meeting, retreat, training) for up to 100 people Up to 10 reserved seats (with reservation) for two Visiting Artists Program lectures Logo featured on SAIC’s Corporate Partners website Listing in SAIC’s Annual Report Corporate Benefits Employee Benefits Recognition $15,000 $10,000 $5,000$25,000 Collaborate with us as a corporate partner and have a significant impact on the lives of students. As our partner, you can support scholarships and programs, sponsor classes or volunteer in the classroom. By supporting our talented students today, you will advance the development of the artists, designers, and creative leaders of the future. JOIN THE SAIC COMMUNITY
  7. 7. Cheryl Russell Executive Director of Corporate, Foundation, Government, and Civic Relations 116 South Michigan Avenue, 5th floor Chicago, IL 60603 312.499.4187 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO BECOME AN SAIC CORPORATE PARTNER, PLEASE CONTACT: