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Linking business, arts – Could be model for state

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By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — A new Triangle group aims to use retired executives to match business professionals with arts groups looking for management assistance and board members.

“We’re using retired folks to find active folks,” says Ed Rose, volunteer executive director of the Triangle Business & Arts Partnership, known as Triangle BizArts. “The goal of all this is to really make the link with active business professionals.”

Rose has rounded up startup funding, including $2,000 each from the Durham Arts Council, Raleigh Arts Commission and United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, and $1,500 from the Orange County Arts Commission.

IBM has donated $2,000 worth or computer equipment and the state Department of Cultural Resources has contributed $1,800 for development of its Web site at www.trianglebizarts.com.

Rose, a retired certified public accountant for KPMG in Cleveland, has put together Triangle BizArts based on his volunteer work in Phoenix with Business Volunteers for the Arts, a 25-year-old national organization with more than 20 affiliates.

Retired executives will play a key role for the Triangle group, an affiliate of the national group.

Retirees will work with arts groups, helping them assess their needs for consulting or board members. They also will promote the Triangle BizArts with local businesses and help match their executives with arts groups.

Business executives, in turn, will work with arts groups as volunteer consultants or board members.

Rose says he hopes the Triangle group can become a model for linking business professionals with arts groups in other communities in North Carolina.

For information, call (919) 408-0222.

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