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Third year of Appreciating Art in Deutsche Bank Programme kicks off Philippine Arts Month

February 2015 │ Philippines

The third year of the Deutsche Knowledge Services (DKS) Appreciating Art in Deutsche Bank Programme launched with an exhibition of the works of contemporary artist Ernest Concepcion at the lobby of the DKS offices. The exhibition, which is showing from February 5 to April 5, coincides with the National Arts Month.

The Programme, launched by DKS in early February 2013, aims to expose employees to art and promote Deutsche Bank’s global support for the Arts. "The Programme aims to build the Bank's franchise not only among our clients and the communities we work in, but also within our employee base. By providing opportunities for employees to encounter and appreciate art every day, they feel more connected to the values of the organisation," DKS Chief Executive Officer Ed Valencia stated.

When it was first introduced, the programme had several components:

- An art exhibition component promoting Filipino artists and their art
- A component aimed at raising funds for DKS’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme
- Ways of inspiring employees to think creatively

To date, the programme has paved the way for eight different sets of art exhibitions held at the DKS lobby, an online art auction featuring donated art pieces, meet-the-artist sessions, and has featured a dozen of the country’s top artists. These events have raised a significant amount from donations by some of the participating artists and galleries in conjunction with the programme’s fundraising activities. The positive impact of the programme on employees has also been very significant.

Ernest Concepcion was born in Manila, Philippines where he received his BFA from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. In 2002, he moved to the United States where he began The Line Wars, a series of black and white drawings depicting opposing forces engaged in ridiculous battles based on the nostalgic references of childhood and adolescence. Most recently, Ernest participated in the recently concluded Art Stage in Singapore. He divides his time working between Manila and Brooklyn as a full-time artist.

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