The Tampa Bay Times has been named one of the 10 best U.S. companies supporting the arts by the Business Committee for the Arts and Americans for the Arts.
"By increasing awareness, creating discussion, providing economic support and driving audiences, the Tampa Bay Times continues to help the area's vibrant arts community," reads a citation from the eighth annual BCA 10 awards, given out at a dinner Thursday in New York.
"Like an orchestra or museum or concert hall, a fine newspaper is a creative enterprise and a community asset," said Paul Tash, chairman and CEO of the Times. "Through fat times and lean, we have tried to nourish the arts. Our investments have paid dividends for the Tampa Bay region, and therefore, for our enterprise."
Since 2005, the Times has given about $865,000 in cash and about $1 million of support through advertising to local arts groups.
Other companies honored were Alltech Inc., Nicholasville, Ky.; Bank of America, Charlotte, N.C.; Chaves Consulting, Baker City, Ore.; Chesapeake Energy Corp., Oklahoma City; Earl Swensson Associates, Nashville, Tenn.; First Community Bank, Corpus Christi, Texas; Golden Artist Colors, New Berlin, N.Y.; Jackson and Company, Houston, Texas; and Masco Corp., Taylor, Mich. Chicago-based Boeing Co. was named to the BCA Hall of Fame.