Mazars and patronage of the arts
‘‘Since we believe that a business is not just a product of its turnover figures but is also, and perhaps more importantly, an activity that serves mankind and transmits values, we are engaged in patronage activity which reflects our identity and allows our staff to be brought together and to partake in human adventures and culture discoveries.” This is the definition of patronage which Mazars upholds and which was applauded by the minister during his speech at the awards ceremony for Major Patron of the Arts.
The Mazars Group policy of patronage of the arts enables the protection and transmission of cultural heritage and the debate of ideas. Mazars partnered the Louvre in the acquisition of three national treasures including: The flight into Egypt by Nicolas Poussin, The Portrait of Comte Molé by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres and The Three Graces by Lucas Cranach.
Amongst other projects which Mazars has supported over the last few years, Mazars has funded, alongside Unesco, grants aimed at young heritage researchers and has joined the France/Turkey and France/Russia cultural seasons. For the debate of ideas, Mazars partners the “City of Success” in a series of conferences, which bring together hundreds of academics, economists, business leaders, politicians, artists and philosophers for large debates held at the Sorbonne University in Paris. Finally, Mazars in France has set up a foundation which is engaged in solidarity projects aimed at children and education.
The honours of Major Patron of the Arts and Major Contributor awarded by the Ministry of Culture and Communication
Created following the law of 1st August 2003 relating to patronage, associations and foundations, these honours of Major Patron of the Arts and Major Contributor to culture are designed to show state recognition of businesses, foundations, associations and private individuals, who, through their acts of patronage and their associated activities, as much as in France and overseas, have made a prominent contribution to France’s cultural development. The lists of honours which have already been awarded are accessible on the site www.mecenat.culture.gouv.fr.
This year, the honours of Major Patron of the Arts and Major Contributor to culture have been awarded to Mr and Mrs Serge Dassault of the industrial group Marcel Dassault, and Mr and Mrs Philippe Journo of the Phalsbourg Company. Alongside Mazars, other honoured firms and organisations include: the Hippocrenian foundation, Ernst and Young France, the Paprec Group and the World Monuments Fund Europe.