Unum was surprised but honored to receive the inaugural Mayors’ Award for the Arts during the annual meeting of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce.
With more than 1,200 in attendance, including business leaders and government officials, the event focused primarily on accomplishments in the area of economic development. Awards of recognition are a common feature, but the Mayors’ Award for the Arts is new this year.
Unum CEO Rick McKenney and Tom White, SVP of Investor Relations, accepted the award from Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger.
“It is a very nice recognition because it reflects an important part of how we support our home communities by connecting the arts to educational opportunities for students,” White said.
Unum was given the award for its decades-long partnership with Chattanooga’s Hunter Museum of American Art, where it provides free year-round admission for all K-12 students within a 50-mile radius of the city. The company was also recognized for its support of ArtsBuild, including funding field trips to the Theatre Center for first graders, teacher training and more.
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Unum’s commitment to arts and cultural organizations is evident in all of its home office cities. Unum has partnered with the Worcester Art Museum to help teachers at South High Community School connect what’s happening in their classrooms with what’s happening at the museum. The company also funds the Portland Museum of Art’s Free Fridays. And Colonial Life has supported the EdVenture Children’s Museum since its inception 13 years ago.
From museums to music, access to arts and culture sparks creativity, fires imaginations, enriches diversity and brings communities to life, and Unum remains committed to supporting the arts in our home communities for many years to come.