LOS ANGELES--()--Darrell Brown, senior vice president of consumer banking at U.S. Bank in Los Angeles, was honored with the Philanthropic Leadership Award from Inner-City Arts at the organization’s Imagine Awards Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 17.
“We have to do more to develop the right brain. That’s where our future entrepreneurs come from”
Brown is a native of Los Angeles and 37-year veteran of banking in the Los Angeles area, who has led consumer banking at U.S. Bank since 2003. An ardent advocate of local nonprofits, Brown says businesses depend on a workforce with employees who are steeped in the arts.
“We have to do more to develop the right brain. That’s where our future entrepreneurs come from,” Brown said. “At Inner-City Arts, you see kids creating sculpture, working in 3D animation or choreographing dance. What they do directly relates to math, geometry and fractions. It’s that kind of mind – one that combines art and engineering – that will develop the next smart phone, or electric car or whatever will be the next great innovation that drives our economy forward.”
Inner-City Arts is a vibrant arts education campus that the organization describes as an oasis of learning, achievement and creativity for at-risk children in the heart of Skid Row. The organization says students who attend their classes show dramatic increases in statewide standardized test scores: 25 percent in math, 17 percent in reading, 8 percent in English proficiency.
“These kids are learning skills that are highly valued in the 21st century workforce, such as collaboration, and creative and conceptual thinking,” said Joseph Collins, president and chief executive officer of Inner-City Arts. “Most importantly, students who receive education in the arts are able to create a whole new vision of self, a new world of hope that includes accomplishment and belonging.
“Darrell has a history of inspiring and supporting growth in communities through his banking and charity work. We are pleased to recognize him and U.S. Bank for their support of Inner-City Arts, bringing out the artistic talents of our youth in Los Angeles,” Collins said.
Throughout his career, Brown has been recognized for his leadership in the community. He has been honored by organizations including the American Diabetes Association, which named him Father of the Year in 2003; the California Legislative Black Caucus, which gave him their 2009 Leadership Award and the West Angeles Community Development Corporation, which named Brown an Outstanding Corporate Citizen. Brown is especially concerned with sectors of the community that are underserved and need empowerment, as well as those that focus on children and youth. He actively serves on the boards of the Urban League of Los Angeles, Junior Achievement, Valley Industrial Commerce Association, Los Angeles Opportunities Industrialization Centers (LAOIC) and The Economic Alliance.
About Inner-City Arts
Inner-City Arts is a learning oasis in the heart of Los Angeles’ Skid Row where professional artists teach students in a real studio environment. Its mission is to use arts education to positively affect the lives of inner-city children, improving their chances to lead productive and successful lives by developing creativity, improving learning skills and building self-confidence.
Since its inception, Inner-City Arts has served 150,000 of the city’s most at-risk children at no cost to the students. Founded in 1989, Inner-City Arts works in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District to bring elementary and middle school students to the campus during the school day for instruction in the visual and performing arts. High school students participate in after-school and Saturday programs that focus on developing creativity, as well as portfolio-building and college-readiness skills.
About U.S. Bank
U.S. Bank has long supported Inner City Arts with more than $125,000 in grants since 2000. A proud community partner, U.S. Bank provided more than $2.4 million in local charitable contributions in 2011. U.S. Bank employees have volunteered more than 2,300 hours at nonprofit organizations in the Los Angeles area so far in 2012. U.S. Bank has 226 branches and more than 2,700 employees in Los Angeles, with 673 offices and 7,100 employees statewide.
U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $352 billion in assets as of Sept. 30, 2012, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the 5th largest commercial bank in the United States. The company operates 3,086 banking offices in 25 states and 5,080 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. U.S. Bancorp and its employees are dedicated to improving the communities they serve, for which the company earned the 2011 Spirit of America Award, the highest honor bestowed on a company by United Way. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.
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