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About this project

What Matters Most: A Commerce Bank Community Art Project is a commissioned art project and online art exhibition that asked artists in our communities to respond to this moment in time around the following theme:

Paint brushesOn March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Nearly a year has passed since that time, and for many, life as we once knew it has changed. We’ve been social distancing, wearing masks and Zooming our way through meetings and social gatherings for almost 365 days. The events of the past year have caused many of us to take a step back, re-evaluate priorities and shift our focus to what is most important. As you view life in 2021, what matters most to you? What lifts you up, what inspires you, what keeps you going? Art is a way to communicate when words are hard to find, and a way to bring us all together as we look to provide a message of hope for the future. Share your art with us and help bring meaning to what it is you feel matters most. At Commerce Bank, we believe the human connection, inspired through art, is just as important as any financial matter. We want to inspire new art to mark this time and the experiences we’ve had, both together and apart, over the past 12 months. Through your artistic expression, tell us…what matters most?

Why Commerce Bank is bringing you this project:

Building relationships during the pandemic

Since our founding, Commerce has had a long tradition of supporting the arts. We believe the human connection, inspired through art, is just as important as any financial matter. Life is complex and can be both beautiful and challenging. We are committed to helping people do what they’re dreaming of and take care of the things they love. This project provides Commerce an opportunity to reinforce our commitment to the arts, its cultural importance and its ability to connect people and communities.

Now more than ever, as we’ve passed the 1-year anniversary since the WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, it’s crucial to remind ourselves of positivity and to find things that inspire us and lift our mood. As we find new ways to connect and pull closer together, we want to take a moment to reflect on where we’ve been, and the uncertainty we’ve faced.

It is in this spirit that Commerce sought to foster creativity and energy that can help shine a light on what matters most. The theme asks artists to reflect on the last year and the challenges we have faced amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. We wanted to inspire new works of art to mark this step in our journey. We worked with eight art organizations in eight cities across the areas served and asked each organization to identify a local artist for this illustration commission project.

Commerce Bank is a Midwest regional bank, operating in retail locations across Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Oklahoma and Colorado and commercial offices in Texas, Ohio, Tennessee, Iowa and Indiana. We offer a full and diversified line of financial services including business and personal banking, payment solutions, securities brokerage, wealth management and estate planning. We have been recognized on the list of Forbes Best Banks in America for twelve consecutive years, and Newsweek named Commerce Bank to America’s Best Banks 2021 list.

At Commerce, we know life’s best moments can come with financial challenges. Our mission? To help people and businesses solve financial challenges so they can focus on the things that matter most. For over 150 years, we’ve provided individuals, businesses and communities with the innovative solutions and personal attention they need to achieve the things that matter to them. We provide both the high-touch personal service and innovative solutions our customers need to allow them to bank when, where and how they prefer.

But we also believe our success is defined not only by our ability to help people meet their financial challenges, but also by the mark we leave on the communities and customers we serve. We’ve always been committed to making where we live and work into better places by supporting a wide range of charitable organizations that help ensure access to economic opportunities, affordable housing, education and the arts.

For more information about Commerce, visit our website.