MIX, College of Arts & Media CU Denver, 2014. Photo Steve Peterson

About the Awards

The annual Business for the Arts Awards celebrate innovative partnerships, generous philanthropy, creative businesses and stellar leadership across the state. Over 130 companies and individuals have been recognized for their inspiring arts and business partnerships. Honorees are celebrated  at an entertaining awards luncheon attended by 700 key business, arts, and political leaders at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

CBCA is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Business for the Arts Awards. An independent panel of judges will select a cohort of Business for the Arts Awards Honorees, as well as one John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award and one EY Next Wave Leadership Award. All honorees will be announced in December, 2017. All honorees will be celebrated at the annual Business for the Arts Awards Luncheon on March 13, 2018 at the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Scroll down to learn more about each award and nominate an outstanding company or individual. Nominations are due by November 10, 2017.

2018 Business for the Arts Awards

The Business for the Arts Awards Honorees are exemplary companies that have gone above and beyond to support the arts and creative industries. They make Colorado a better place to live and work through innovative partnerships, arts integration, creative workplaces, economic development in the creative sector, arts advocacy, employee engagement, and/or philanthropy.

Eligibility Criteria

  • For-profit business, nonprofit organization or government agency in Colorado
  • The focus of the nomination must be outside the entity’s day-to-day business or mission. Or, in the case of a creative business or cultural organization, the focus on the nomination must be above and beyond their regular work in an effort to advance the creative sector
  • Examples:
    • A technology company that sponsors a local dance festival
    • An architecture firm that ensures all projects have an art gallery or studio space
    • A government agency that integrates the arts into local infrastructure
    • A human services nonprofit engaging in arts therapy
    • A concert venue that organizes a musical instrument drive for schools
    • An insurance company that starts an artist-in-residence program
    • A museum that sponsors scholarships and career development for art students
    • A bank that uses theater trainings to build teamwork and creativity among employees
  • Cannot have previously won a Business for the Arts Award within the last 5 years. Past nominees and finalists are encouraged to reapply
  • Self-nominations are strongly encouraged

2018 John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award

Named for CBCA’s founding chairman, the John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to advancing arts and culture in Colorado. This lifetime achievement award recognizes extraordinary leadership and a legacy of support for the arts.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominee must be a Colorado resident
  • The focus of the nomination must be outside their day-to-day job or business
  • They cannot have previously won the John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award or similar lifetime achievement award from CBCA. Past nominees and finalists are encouraged to reapply. They may have previously received the EY Next Wave Leadership Award or Cultural Leadership Award from CBCA
  • Self-nominations are encouraged

2018 EY Next Wave Leadership Award

The EY Next Wave Leadership Award honors rising professionals who are leading the future of our cultural community through their volunteerism, philanthropy, innovative partnerships, and/or arts advocacy.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominee must be a Colorado resident
  • The focus of the nomination must be outside their day-to-day job or business
  • Nominee must be under the age of 40 as of Awards Luncheon
  • Cannot have previously won the EY Next Wave Leadership Award. Past nominees and finalists are encouraged to reapply. May have received the Cultural Leadership Award, which is presented to outstanding Leadership Arts alumni
  • Self-nominations are encouraged

Past Business for the Arts Awards Winners

2017
TRG Arts
Jackson Stevens
Sage Hospitality
Tim Schultz
Noble Energy

2016
Share Denver
Will Chan
Crestone Mercantile
Illegal Pete’s
Former Mayor, Bob Murphy

2015
Boulder Digital Arts
General Services Administration
Katie Kruger
Janus Capital Group
Bill Marino

2014
Arrow Electronics
Robert & Judi Newman
AspenPointe
Rakun
Gates Family Foundation

2013
CBS4
Chuck Morris
Denver International Airport
I Heart Denver Store
Newmont Mining Corporation

2012
Aspen Skiing Company
Battery621
Frederic C. Hamilton
The Westin Denver Downtown

2011
First Western Trust Bank
Platte River Ventures
VISIT DENVER
Walter Isenberg

2010
No Award — Created the John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award

2009
4240 Architecture, Inc.
Cathey Finlon
East West Partners, Riverfront Park
Pinnacol Assurance
Westword Newspaper
2008
Anchor Center for Blind Children
GE Johnson Construction
Company
Kaiser Permanente
ripcord, LLC
2007
Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture
Corporex Colorado & Mile High Development — Museum Residences
Gates Corporation
Gunnison Country Times
Mercy Regional Medical Center
2006
Cleworth Architecural Legacy Project of the Denver
Architectural Foundation
Continuum Partners — Belmar Development
St. Mary Land & Exploration Company
Zeppelin Development — Taxi

2005
Alpine Bank
Ellen Bruss
Fine Arts Foundation
JohnstonWells Public Relations
Lockheed Martin
Mark Falcone
Pinyon Mortgage Corporation
2004
Carol Ann and Gary Hixon
Garlic Mike’s Italian Cuisine
Lowry Foundation
OppenheimerFunds
Pueblo Bank & Trust
2003
Berger Funds
City of Englewood
HealthONE
Jim Copenhaver
JohnstonWells Public Relations
2002
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
Lester “Dusty” Loo
Northern Trust Bank
Starz Encore Group
Wells Fargo
2001
Daily Camera
East West Partners, Riverfront Park
John Hickenlooper, Wynkoop Brewing Company
StorageTek

2000
Brookfield Properties
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Kathryn Paul, Kaiser Permanente
The Denver Post
1999
Downtown Denver’s Courtyard by Marriott
SullivanHayes
Tesser LLC
1998
Colorado National Bank
Penguin Studio Press Inc
The Peak 96.5 FM Radio
The Westin Hotel
1997
Allegro Coffee
Colorado Springs Gazette
Telegraph
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Senn Lewis Visciano & Strahle PC
Target Stores
1996
Boogies Diner, Aspen
Estes Park Trail-Gazette
Public Service Company of Colorado
Syntex Chemicals
The Denver Foundation

1995
Bank One
CW Electronics
INVESCO Funds
Reynelda Muse, KCNC-TV
Denver
Telluride Times-Journal
Wilson/Johnson Creative
1994
Charles M. Schayer & Company
Douglas County Education
Foundation
McClain Finlon Advertising
Minorco USA
NationsWay Transport
Norwest Bank
Silvertree Hotel, Aspen/Snowmass
The Mission Viejo Company
United Airlines
1993
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of
Colorado
First National Bank in Trinidad
The Denver Post
The Little Nell
The Rocky Mountain News
US West
1992
Amoco Production Company
Brooks Brothers
Denver Area Honda Dealers
Association
First National Bank of Wray
Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation

1991
Associated General Contractors of Colorado
AT&T
Fort Collins Coloradoan
Robinson Dairy Inc
US West
West Pines Hospital
1990
Colowyo
Dauer Architects
First Interstate Bank of Denver
Mervyn’s
Newmont Mining Co.
Security Life
1989
Apache Corporation
Continental Airlines
Everitt Companies
Martin Marietta
Phelps Inc
West Pines Hospital
1988
American TV &
Communications Corp
Aspen Skiing Company
Otero Savings, Colorado Springs
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company
Target Stores
Wano/Coors Company Inc