Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) works to advance Colorado’s creative economy by connecting business and the arts. We accomplish our mission through year-round advocacy, research, training, and arts engagement efforts. Become a CBCA Member today!


Dan Frost with SCFD Bear       Ark Life at 2013 Awards


Apply today for Leadership Arts 2014-2015

In its 19th year, Leadership Arts is CBCA’s innovative 9-month leadership training program that prepares people to serve on nonprofit Boards of Directors and increase civic engagement. Leadership Arts educates, inspires and equips professionals from all sectors to be effective community leaders.

Applications are available here. The deadline to apply is August 15, 2014. Download the one-page brochure here.

Learn more about Leadership Arts and participate in this unique and valuable program.

Board Fair 10  Deborah LA welcome  Chance Dunstun, Bob Keatinge, Theresa Brown, Lindsay Dunstun


Congratulations to the winners of CBCA’s 27th Annual Business for the Arts Awards!

Colorado Business Committee for the Arts announced the winners of the 2014 Business for the Arts Awards to a sold-out luncheon filled with arts, business, and civic leaders on March 5, 2014 at the Seawell Ballroom, Denver Performing Arts Complex.

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2014 Business for the Arts Awards Winners

These five winners were chosen from fifteen finalists and announced during the awards luncheon:

Create Award acknowledges an outstanding, for-profit creative business that has made a significant impact on Colorado’s creative economy

  • Rakun for establishing a creative incubator that promotes economic and professional development, collaboration and growth for the Denver’s handmade community

Impact Award highlights the innovative use of the arts to propel business success, programs that engage employees with creativity and other community activities that support arts and business partnerships

  • AspenPointe for its exceptional military artistic healing program in Colorado Springs that uses the power of art to teach self-expression and coping skills

Philanthropy Award honors exemplary corporate citizenship and generosity to arts and cultural projects and organizations

  • Arrow Electronics for advancing innovation, creativity and collaboration through inventive partnerships and philanthropy in the arts

Workspace Award pays tribute to an exceptional work environment that advances business objectives

  • Gates Family Foundation for its renovation of a historic Denver building that reflects the Foundation’s values, honors the building’s legacy, and showcases Colorado artists

John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award recognizes a business sector individual who has made significant contributions to advancing arts and culture in Colorado

  • Robert & Judi Newman for their visionary leadership to increase access to the arts and vital arts education in Denver and nationally

The distinguished judging panel for the 2014 Business for the Arts Awards consisted of:

Thank you to our sponsors

Learn more about the 2014 Business for the Arts Awards, including all of the finalists and luncheon entertainment, HERE.


Colorado Business Committee for the Arts 2012 Study reveals Metro Denver arts & culture generated $1.76 billion in Economic Activity

 CBCA's 2012 Economic Activity Study of Metro Denver Culture

Denver metro area arts, cultural and scientific organizations rebounded from the economic crisis in 2011, generating $1.76 billion in Total Economic Activity and $527 million in Economic Impact, according to the 2012 Economic Activity Study of Metro Denver conducted by the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA).

Highlights of the study, unveiled at a sold-out event on October 31st at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver, include:

  • Attendance: A mix of big events (King Tut, Denver Art Museum) and new facilities (Lone Tree Arts Center) helped draw 14.6 million in 2011, a 30% jump.
  • Capital Spending: It was a banner year with the opening of the Clyfford Still Museum, Lone Tree Arts Center, and Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center. In all, the year saw $49 million in Capital Spending, a 25% hike.
  • Jobs: Strong growth continued at arts, cultural and scientific groups during 2011, as total employment increased by 7% with 9,354 total jobs.

Learn more HERE or download the report HERE.

PrintFolio is a limited edition suite of four original fine art prints by well-known Denver artists. This project aims to highlight Denver’s vibrant visual arts scene and encourage art collecting in the community. Proceeds benefit CBCA Leadership Arts, a training program for people interested in serving on nonprofit arts and cultural boards of directors. The Leadership Arts Alumni Network spearheaded this effort.

PrintFolio is $500.  Click here to view the artwork and learn more about the project.