U.S. Bank’s Darrell Brown Honored with Philanthropic Leadership Award by Inner-City Arts in Los Angeles

  U.S. Bank’s Darrell Brown Honored with Philanthropic Leadership Award by
  Inner-City Arts in Los Angeles

     Brown believes artistic development is essential in creating future

Business Wire

LOS ANGELES -- October 18, 2012

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.

Joseph Collins, President and CEO of Inner-City Arts, and Darrell Brown, U.S.
Bank Region Manager wh ...

Joseph Collins, President and CEO of Inner-City Arts, and Darrell Brown, U.S.
Bank Region Manager who received the Philanthropic Leadership Award from
Inner-City Arts on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo:
U.S. Bank)

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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U.S. Bank
Teri Charest, 612-303-0732
U.S. Bank Public Relations
Inner-City Arts
Rebecca Engwerda, 213-627-9621 ext 121
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