MailChimp, the marketing automation platform and email marketing service based in Atlanta, is the 2017 recipient of the Nexus Award.
Bestowed by the Atlanta Contemporary, the award, now in its seventh year, celebrates individuals, groups or organizations that have made significant contributions to Atlanta’s contemporary arts scene.
In an era of reduced funding, MailChimp has distinguished itself with broad-based and generous support of area artists and organizations, including ArtsATL. In addition, MailChimp has enfolded the arts into its own culture (See our interview with CEO Ben Chestnut.)
“The 2017 Nexus Award highlights MailChimp’s promise to add value to Atlanta strategically,” says Veronica Kessenich, executive director of Atlanta Contemporary. By actively integrating contemporary art — both on the local and national level — into their company culture, MailChimp also established a new philanthropic benchmark amongst their peers in the corporate community.”
Lain Shakespeare, corporate citizenship director at MailChimp, says the company places high value on helping community involvement. “Arts organizations make an outsize impact on Atlanta’s culture and economy,” Shakespeare says. “We’re committed to adding thoughtful, strategic value to our hometown through our work at MailChimp, and we’re thankful to have the opportunity to invest in their success and share in the benefits of their creativity.”
MailChimp joins the following list of recipients: Larry Walker, professor emeritus and former director of art and design at Georgia State University; Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the High Museum of Art; Susan Bridges, founder and director of Whitespace Gallery; Lucinda Bunnen, photographer, collector and arts patron; Lisa Cremin, director of Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta; Louis Corrigan, founder of Flux Projects and Possible Futures; Dr. Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, director of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art; and Dr. Jerry Cullum, writer, critic and poet.
The public recognition of the 2017 Nexus Award will be held on Saturday, August 26, in conjunction with ART PARTY.