- Printing Partners owners Michael & Joel O'Brien.
For their exemplary work supporting the arts, Indianapolis’ Printing Partners was honored on Wednesday at Central Park Boathouse in New York City.
The Business Committee for the Arts (a division of Americans for the Arts) recognizes businesses of all sizes for their exceptional involvement with the arts that enrich the workplace, education and the community.
Printing Partners has a long history of arts support through sponsorships and its Partners Grants, which were initiated in 2004. Printing Partners President Michael O’Brien calls the grants “an opportunity for Printing Partners to provide in-kind marketing support to help clients leverage their marketing budget.” Since their inception, Printing Partners has provided grants totaling more than $1.5 million to support the not-for-profit sector.
In addition to its grants program, Printing Partners has provided support to numerous arts groups through sponsorships. It has been a sponsor of the Indianapolis School of Ballet’s Nutcracker for the last two years. Last year as part of its sponsorship, it arranged for Girl Scouts to attend a preview performance. In collaboration with the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Printing Partners has promoted Partners Night at the IRT to sell more than 800 low-cost tickets last season to individuals who might not otherwise have attended IRT performances.
Printing Partners is also the title sponsor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Printing Partners Pops Series. “Our Pops sponsorship is a great collaboration among the Orchestra,” O’Brien acknowledges, “and the sponsorship provides us many opportunities to introduce clients to the Symphony through the Printing Partners Pops, the Lilly Classical Series or Marsh Symphony on the Prairie.”