Bank of America and Newfields are committed to making an impact on the economic, social, and cultural life of the communities they serve. This year, the two organizations are working together on programs that will train young, aspiring civic leaders and ensure that Newfields experiences are available to everyone, regardless of financial hurdles.
Newfields is the first Indianapolis host organization for Bank of America’s nationally recognized Student Leaders program. The program is a paid summer internship for junior and senior high school students interested in civic and nonprofit leadership. During the internship, local students created a research report that outlined Newfields’ strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities to engage with young audiences.
One of the bank’s priorities is to support the arts in highly visible ways. As the presenting sponsor of Winterlights, Bank of America’s generosity allows Newfields to provide free admission to underserved families for events such as Winterlights and Spring Blooms. This year, as part of the Community Access Program, Newfields worked with more than 15 local non-profits and distributed 10,000 tickets to families in need.
But, Bank of America’s support doesn’t end there. Newfields is also a member of the corporation’s Museums on Us program, which offers Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and U.S. Trust credit or debit card holders one free general admission to more than 225 cultural institutions around the U.S., including Newfields, on the first full weekend of every month during 2019.
“We know a good return on investment when we see one, and Newfields has definitely been one of our best philanthropic investments,” said Andy Crask, Bank of America’s Indianapolis Market president. “Newfields is doing so much to make our city a great place to live and we could not be more proud to help make their extraordinary programming possible.”