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UMB and the Arts: A Living Legacy

On October 2, Americans for the Arts* will present UMB Financial Corporation with the BCA 10 award** in New York City. UMB Chairman and CEO Mariner Kemper shares more about this honor and our philosophy on the arts.






More than 100 years ago, when UMB first opened its doors, my great-grandfather made a commitment to always support the arts community. From being one of our company’s four community involvement emphasis areas to internal activities and client service offerings, arts are ingrained in everything we do at UMB.

More than an award for UMB

The BCA 10 award is given annually to 10 U.S. companies that have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the arts through grants, local partnerships, volunteer programs, matching gifts, sponsorships and board memberships.

To be included in this elite group as an award recipient is extremely meaningful to me as this is more than a recognition for UMB—it’s also a credit to our associates and clients who consistently express and share their dedication to, and involvement in, the arts.

Our associates inspire us

While UMB has a long history in the arts, so do many of our associates. We’ve recently shared stories from President of Personal Banking Dana Abraham, and Art Curator Carol Sturm, and that is just the first brush stroke of a very impressive painting.

They, and others within our walls, have personal interests in and love for the arts that is truly inspiring. We’ll be sharing more stories like these as  yet another way we can help grow and encourage others to participate in and enjoy the arts. As with anything, it takes true advocates and champions to make a difference, and we have many who are doing just that.

Inspired by our clients

Our reputation and relationships in the industry allow us to provide unparalleled service to artists and collectors through our fine art management services. Because of this, we’re privileged to work with many collectors and artists who provide daily inspiration. Their passion, artistic abilities and commitment to integrating the arts throughout their life (and the lives of others) is both stimulating and moving.

One such person is our client John Madden—a gentleman from humble beginnings turned commercial real estate mogul, avid art aficionado and generous philanthropist.

In this captivating video, John describes how his childhood influenced his drive to succeed, his art appreciation and his desire to add purpose and beauty to the world through his work. It’s people like John who make what we do so meaningful.

Inspirited by our environment

Finally, we’re extremely fortunate that art physically surrounds us, as well. Started by my father, R. Crosby Kemper, Jr., the UMB Corporate Art Collection is one of the most highly regarded collections of American art in the Midwest. Established for the enjoyment of customers, guests and associates, his philosophy was to create a museum-like environment in our offices.

Sharing that passion for the arts, I have continued the legacy of showcasing American art, adding pieces from painters like Duke Beardsley and Joelly Duesbury; photographers Allen Birnbach and Laura Wilson; and sculptor Steve Kestrel. More than 1,250 remarkable pieces encompass nearly three centuries of American artistic evolution, which are featured in UMB locations across the country.

For my own office, I’ve chosen some items that vary from our more traditional collection. I believe art tells stories, and it’s personally satisfying and rewarding to be surrounded by pieces that mean something to me. From historical and well-known events, to pop culture and beautiful landscapes, I have several pieces in my Denver office that I particularly enjoy.

Congratulations to all

Congratulations to our associates, clients and all the companies being honored this year by the Americans for the Arts. And thank you for the contributions each of you make to supporting and furthering the arts in our communities.

 *Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. It is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of art.

 **The BCA 10 award is given annually to 10 U.S. companies that have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the arts through grants, local partnerships, volunteer programs, matching gifts, sponsorships, and board membership.

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