Eric Mindich, chief executive officer of Eton Park Capital Management LP, New York, isn't known as a patron of the arts.
He launched Eton Park in November and brought his wife, Stacey, to see the new offices on Third Avenue in Manhattan. "We stood there in front of 19,000 square feet of blank walls," Ms. Mindich said. It gave her an idea.
Ms. Mindich serves on the board of ArtsConnection, a charity that brings art and artists into more than 120 public schools in New York City. Eton Park joined a small group of corporations that commission works and purchase existing pieces by students in ArtsConnection programs.
Seniors at the High School of Fashion Industries and The High School of Art and Design visited Eton Park staff to find out what they do and what they're interested in. Then the students created two large works that now hang in the company's elevator lobby.
And with so much wall space to fill, Eton Park also bought 98 other ArtsConnection pieces.
Eton Park then hosted the student artists and their parents at a gallery opening and reception.
"A lot of these kids have never been in Manhattan or in a corporate office. It was a great experience for them to see more of what the work world is like and what their own possibilities are," said Steve Tennen, executive director of ArtsConnection.