Cover Artwork and Awards
Young Talent Joins the Creative Economy
The murals on the cover of this report were created by Arts on the Block, a Maryland-based nonprofit mosaic studio that offers a professional apprenticeship program for teens. Through the program, young people who might not otherwise be introduced to careers in art and design have an outlet for creative expression while also receiving job training, learning studio skills and contributing to their communities.
The organization focuses on community-based art. Before a project, apprentices meet with local residents and business owners to understand what their neighborhood means to them. With support from alumni and staff, the apprentices develop, manage and install a mural that reflects the essence of that community.
In 2018, JPMorgan Chase partnered with Arts on the Block on a series of interior and exterior murals at three of our new branch locations in the Greater Washington D.C. Region — including in Historic Anacostia’s growing arts district — with plans for more in the future. In addition to beautifying these new branches, these pieces of art are lasting symbols of our branches’ connections and relationships in local communities.
D.C. Branches Wrapped in Community Culture
Featured Artwork and Artists
The Color of Community
Installed at a Chase branch in Anacostia, Nov. 9, 2018
“For this piece I wanted to mix up some Anacostia history with its culture. Anacostia has many shades of people of color. I used the hands to represent different types of people. The keyboard stripes are inspired by a recognizable historic piece in Anacostia called the Big Chair. The vertical stripes on the top of the Big Chair inspired the colorful keyboard pattern here.”
Jada Batts, lead artist for Arts on the Block
Awards and Recognition
World’s Most Admired Companies
Ranked in the Top 10 on FORTUNE’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” list
Change the World
Named to FORTUNE’s “Change the World” list for the second year in a row
Top 20 Corporate Givers
Named to the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s “Top 20 Corporate Givers” list
Global Citizen Award
Recipient of International Medical Corps’ 2018 Global Citizen Award
ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year
Named a 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year, recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy
Top 50 Companies for Diversity
Named to Black Enterprise’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity
Best for Vets Employer
Named to the 2018 Military Times “Best for Vets Employer” list
Harvard Business School
The firm’s model for impact in Detroit and how it’s being applied in other cities is profiled in a 2018 Harvard Business School case study.
Outstanding Corporation Award
Recipient of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Detroit Chapter’s 2018 Outstanding Corporation Award