Supporting the Arts is Good for Business
North Texas Business for Culture and the Arts
February 7, 2007 at Sambuca Restaurant
Patricia A. Porter is Founding Executive Director and CEO of the Dallas Business Committee for the Arts, a coalition of 120 major corporations in North Texas committed to expanding business support for and involvement in arts and cultural organizations. In September, 2005, the DBCA became North Texas Business for Culture and the Arts, NTBCA.
For more than thirty years, she has directed arts agencies, managed internal and external communications programs, developed fundraising strategies, devised marketing plans and institutional promotions, and directed image creation for corporate, academic, agency, and nonprofit institutions.
Ms. Porter began her career at the Dallas Museum of Art as the Director of Public Programs, working for ten years with artists such as Henry Moore, Andy Warhol, and Louise Nevelson. She then moved to Southern Methodist University where she was Associate Vice President for University Relations and Co-Founder of the Tate Lecture Series.
At the request of corporate leaders in the Dallas Citizens Council and Raymond D. Nasher, Chairman, she established the DBCA in 1988. Under her leadership the agency has pioneered and successfully implemented numerous systemic programs, including the Leadership Arts Institute, On My Own Time, The Arts of Business and the Obelisk Tribute. Since the business/arts advocacy agency was established, corporate gifts to nonprofit arts and cultural agencies in North Texas have increased from $4.2 M to $26.5 M in 2005.
Throughout her career, she has served as consultant to corporate and city agencies and currently serves as a board member for two state arts advocacy agencies, five arts groups, two foundations, and three universities. She is married to Bob Porter and is the mother of three sons and grandmother of four princesses.