March 3, 2011

Bowtie Award honors work environment

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Donna Glassford shows off the award VUMC’s Office of Cultural Enrichment won for Work Environment. (photo by Anne Rayner)

Bowtie Award honors work environment

The Arts and Business Council of Nashville presented Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Office of Cultural Enrichment with the 2011 Bowtie Award for Work Environment at its recent awards luncheon at the Wildhorse Saloon.

The Bowtie Award for Work Environment pays tribute to a business with an exceptional work environment which creates a workspace that fosters employee creativity, innovation and morale.

The environment should portray corporate mission, identity and style to the community through the elements of architecture, interior design, space and planning, art display and/or individual efforts.

“We are honored to receive the Bowtie Award and greatly appreciate local recognition,” said Donna Glassford, executive director of Cultural Enrichment for VUMC. “Cultural Enrichment's healing arts programs enhance the day-to-day lives of our patients and staff and create an environment that is comforting and welcoming.”

Nominees were solicited for the Bowtie Awards last fall in four award categories: Arts Education, Arts Impact, Work Environment and Entrepreneur. Finalists were then selected by community leaders.

The winner in each category received $1,000 to designate to the arts organization of its choice. In addition, each winner took home original awards designed by Nashville artist Herb Williams.

To learn more, contact Cultural Enrichment at 936-1234 or visit

The mission of the Office of Cultural Enrichment is to present the healing arts in a context that makes the Medical Center a more compassionate and comfortable environment for patients, their families and staff.