Mission

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.

History

In 1984, Denver developer John Madden, Jr. brought together a distinguished, forward-thinking group of Colorado business leaders who believed in the importance and value of arts and culture. Inspired by David Rockefeller’s national Business Committee for the Arts, an organization of business leaders committed to demonstrating corporate social responsibility by supporting the arts formed in 1967, CBCA was created in 1985 with the mission to educate, motivate and recognize business support for and participation in the arts in Colorado. CBCA remains a successful membership organization of leading Colorado companies and individuals that have a philanthropic commitment to the arts. CBCA was awarded the Denver “Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts” in 2010. CBCA is an affiliate of Americans for the Arts.

Core Values

  • Collaboration: Arts and business enhance one another. Fostering partnerships between them helps strengthen our communities.
  • Creativity: Encouraging new, different and innovative ideas is necessary for our community to grow.
  • Education: Civic and business leaders, as well as the people they serve, should understand and advocate for the importance of the arts.
  • Inclusiveness: The arts are for all Coloradans. All forms of creative expression are valuable.
  • Cultural Vitality: The arts are an indispensable part of our community and economic development, as well as our day-to-day lives.

 

Board of Directors

Mark Davidson, Chair

Partner, Fairfield & Woods

Doug Scheetz, Treasurer

Tax Partner, EY

Wayne Barrett

Vice President & Market Officer, Prologis

Liz Hartsel

Of Counsel, Fortis Law Partners

Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA

Dean, College of Arts & Media, University of Colorado Denver

Bob Keatinge

Of Counsel, Holland & Hart

Kathy Kranz

Chief Financial Officer, Pinnacol Assurance

Radhika Mahanty

Senior Director of Marketing & Community Relations, Denver Union Station

Maureen McDonald

Hassan Najjar

Executive Director, Foothills Art Center

Brent Pickett

Senior Vice President, Regional Manager, Bank of the West

Dan Prather

Managing Partner & President, DualDraw

Morris Price

Vice President & Executive Director, City Year Denver

Curtis Robbins

Senior Manager, Arts Integrated Resources, Kaiser Permanente Colorado

Malik Robinson

Executive Director, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Chris Ross

Vice President, Commercial Banking Relationship Manager, U.S. Bank

Meg Satrom

Owner, Memoro

Allison Hamilton Scheck

Public Engagement & Operations Manager, City of Lakewood

Rob Steinhoff

Associate Attorney, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Nancy Walsh

Vice President of Partnerships & Programs, Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Martha Weidmann

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, NINE dot ARTS

Dustin Whistler

Founder & Principal, Forte Commercial Real Estate

Dan Wittenberg

Partner, Snell & Wilmer

Suzanne Yoe

Director of Communications & Cultural Affairs, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Staff

Christin Crampton Day

Executive Director

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Christin joined CBCA in February 2017. She is a past participant of CBCA’s Leadership Arts program and a recipient of CBCA’s Cultural Leadership Award in 2016. Christin is a seasoned professional with 30 years experience in non-profit and for-profit leadership and management. Her expertise includes strategic planning, communications, public relations, marketing, sales, development and fundraising. She has experience working with organizations in many industry sectors spanning consumer, business-to-business and nonprofit.

Most recently, she was senior director of public relations and social media for Barnhart Communications. Prior to that, she was executive director of Ballet Nouveau Colorado (BNC), a $1.3 million non-profit performing arts organization, which served the greater metro Denver area for many years. BNC included a nationally acclaimed contemporary dance company (now Wonderbound); a highly respected school for ballet and dance training (now Colorado Conservatory of Dance); as well as community and education programs. Her professional experience also includes owning and operating a small business in Denver for over 10 years, which was one of Denver’s top PR firms, Schenkein, Inc. There, she led and managed teams that implemented award-winning national, regional, and local PR programs with measurable results.

Other relevant arts experience includes 13 years on the board of trustees for Colorado Ballet, including serving as a past board co-chair, marketing chair and on the executive and long-range planning committees. She is currently active with Denver School of the Arts, where her two daughters are both vocal music majors. Christin has been a resident of Denver since 1994, when she relocated from Chicago. Originally from Bay City, Mich., she received her B.A. in Communications from Michigan State University.

Meredith Badler

Program Director

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Meredith is thrilled to be at CBCA and making a positive impact through arts & culture and community partnerships. Meredith oversees and coordinates all of CBCA’s programs, including Leadership Arts and alumni activities, Colorado Attorneys for the Arts, monthly cultural events for CBCA members, the annual Business for the Arts Awards and the biennial Economic Activity Study. She also manages CBCA’s social media communications. Formerly, Meredith worked as a nonprofit strategy consultant at Corona Insights and in patron services for Curious Theatre Company. In her limited free time, she is President of the Smith College Alumnae Club of Colorado and a regional Alumnae Admissions Coordinator for the mountain states. Meredith has also been involved with Cross-Cultured, an multidisciplinary collaboration to increase awareness and participation in the arts for Denver’s young professionals. You can chuckle at her on stage at the Bovine Metropolis Theater and other local venues where she performs long-form improv comedy.

Karlie McLaughlin

Membership and Development Manager

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Karlie joined CBCA in October 2018. With seven years of experience in non-profit arts, her roles have ranged from operations to fundraising with her expertise being in marketing and development. Most recently, she was Marketing & Development Manager at Breckenridge Music where she managed an organizational rebrand and helped increase contributed revenue streams through grant writing, soliciting sponsorships and assisting with individual donor campaigns. She has worked for organizations such as Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, the Denver Art Museum and MAINSITE Contemporary Art Gallery, as well as volunteered extensively with RedLine and MCA Denver.

She holds a Master’s degree in Arts Development and Program Management from the University of Denver and an undergraduate degree in English Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Oklahoma. When she isn’t working to advance Colorado’s creative economy by connecting art organizations and businesses through unique membership and sponsorship opportunities, she enjoys exploring the diverse music scene across Denver, riding her bike through the city and adventuring in the mountains.

Adriel Long

Administrative Assistant

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Seattle native, Adriel is excited to join CBCA as their Administrative Assistant. Adriel’s experience includes working with nonprofit organizations and businesses where she has utilized her cross training in both nonprofit programming and development to help further their missions, raise awareness, and connect individuals to causes they care about. Adriel brings a strong enthusiasm for her local arts and cultural industry and is passionate about youth access to and engagement with the arts. When she’s not working toward completing her Masters of Art Development and Program Management from the University of Denver, you can find Adriel hiking with her dog Budha or attending Denver’s various arts and culture events.

Committees

Executive Committee (Board)

Mark Davidson

Kathy Kranz

Chris Ross

Allison Scheck

Doug Scheetz

 

Finance Committee (Board)

Doug Scheetz, Chair

Dan Prather

Martha Weidmann

 

Marketing & Communications Committee (Board)

Meg Satrom, Chair

Wayne Barrett

Randall Erkelens (non-board)

Larry Kaptain

Bob Keatinge

Radhika Mahanty

Morris Price

Deborah Radman (non-board)

Suzanne Yoe

Deborah Williams (non-board)

 

Policy & Governance Committee (Board)

Kathy Kranz, Chair

Bob Keatinge

Nancy Walsh

 

Events Committee (Board)

Allison Scheck, Chair

Mark Heiser (non-board)

Brent Pickett

Dan Prather

 

Development & Resource Committee (Board)

Chris Ross, Chair

Hassan Najjar

Morris Price

Malik Robinson

Dustin Whistler

 

Colorado Attorneys for the Arts Advisory Committee

Dave Ratner, Chair

Cecily Cullen

Mark Davidson

Lisa Gedgaudas

Bob Keatinge

Forrest J. Morrison

 

Leadership Arts Alumni Network Advisory Committee

Meredith Hutson (Leadership Arts 2011-2012), Chair

Talia Ballinger (Leadership Arts 2005-2006)

Christy Costello (Leadership Arts 2015-2016)

Bethany Gorlin  (Leadership Arts 2014-2015)

Liz Hartsel (Leadership Arts 2015-2016)

Sarah Hogan (Leadership Arts 2011-2012)

Bob Keatinge (Leadership Arts 2008-2009)

Theresa Keatinge (Leadership Arts 2010-2011)

Chip Mitchell (Leadership Arts 2011-2012)

Jim Neely (Leadership Arts 2011-2012)

Maura O’Neal (Leadership Arts 2013-2014)

Rob Steinhoff (Leadership Arts 2016-2017)