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


2015 Cultural Leadership Award Winners

CBCA is excited to announce the winners of the inaugural Cultural Leadership Award. The Cultural Leadership Award recognizes outstanding alumni of CBCA’s Leadership Arts program who have made a significant impact on arts & culture in Colorado through a personal commitment to the arts. The initiative was spearheaded by the Leadership Arts Alumni Network.

2015 Cultural Leadership Award Winners

Lisa GedgaudasLisa Gedgaudas (Leadership Arts 2009) – As the Create Denver Program Administrator for Denver Arts & Venues, Lisa works to develop and support Denver’s vibrant creative sector. She launched the Denver Music Summit, created the PS You Are Here placemaking grant program, and is working on affordable housing for artists.  She serves on numerous committees to ensure creatives have sustainable and growing careers.

Dustin WhistlerDustin Whistler (Leadership Arts 2013) – Dustin, Principal at Forte Commercial Real Estate, joined the Phamaly Board of Directors in 2011 and became chair the following year. Under his leadership, he instituted new governance and fundraising policies, enabling the theater organization to exponentially grow their operating budget and audiences. He now serves on the Denver Commission for Cultural Affairs.

Chris ZacherChris Zacher (Leadership Arts 2013) – Chris is a champion for live music that is accessible for all. He is credited with the sustainability and overwhelming popularity of City Park Jazz, having sat in board leadership positions since 2006. Since 2012, he’s led Denver’s effort to create the new Levitt Pavilion at Ruby Hill Park, which will offer 50 free concerts a year when it opens summer 2016.

The winners will be honored at the annual CBCA Leadership Arts Board Fair and Graduation Luncheon on Wednesday, May 6 at the McNichols Building. The luncheon is an invite-only event.  Click here if you’d like to learn more and sign-up for the annual Leadership Arts Board Fair.


Congratulations to the Winners of the

2015 Business for the Arts Awards

CBCA announced the winners of the 2015 Business for the Arts Awards at their annual luncheon held on March 11, 2015 at the Seawell Ballroom in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. This sold-out luncheon is Colorado’s signature event honoring companies and individual’s for their exemplary partnerships and engagement with the arts.

2015 Business for the Arts Awards Winners

Create Award

  • Boulder Digital Arts is a vital resource for digital artists and creative professionals through workshops, classes and events in this ever-changing field.

Impact Award

John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award

  • Bill Marino spearheaded the creation and development of the Lakewood–West Colfax creative corridor.

EY Next Wave Leadership Award (NEW IN 2015)

  • Katie Kruger galvanizes young professionals’ involvement in the arts through board service and leadership of Cross-Cultured

Philanthropy Award

  • Janus Capital Group’s innovative Student Art Buying Program engages students with the creative economy and the value of art in their schools.

Learn more here about the Annual Business for the Arts Awards.


Metro Denver arts & culture generated $1.85 billion 

in economic activity, revealed in new CBCA study

CBCA’s biennial Economic Activity Study of Metro Denver Culture demonstrates the financial and social impact of arts & culture on the Denver Metro area. Learn more about how SCFD-funded arts, cultural and scientific organizations act as economic drivers in to create and fuel jobs, attract tourists, spur business development, generate tax revenue, and help educate our children – now and into the future. You can read or download the full 2014 study.