The Business Committee for the Arts has named I W Marks Jewelers in Houston one of the 10 best companies supporting the arts in America. The national list—the first of its kind created by a not-for-profit organization—was initiated by BCA in 2005 to recognize 10 companies each year for their exceptional support of the arts in the United States.
This marks the fifth time I W Marks has received a national arts award from BCA. It received the organization’s Commitment Award in 1990, ’91, ’93, and ’99. Brad Marks, I W Marks vice president, received the award on behalf of the store during a ceremony in New York on Nov. 8, 2006.
BCA was founded by David Rockefeller in 1967 to bring business and the arts together. Since then, business support to the arts has grown from $22 million to $3.32 billion in 2003. BCA’s mission is to ensure that the arts flourish in America by encouraging, inspiring, and stimulating business to support the arts in the workplace, in education, and in the community.