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

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

About the Awards

The annual Business in the Arts Awards honor 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. Winners and finalists are celebrated  at an entertaining awards luncheon attended by 700 key business, arts, and political leaders.

Award Categories

CREATE AWARD

Creative industries shape Colorado’s economy and contribute to the cultural fabric of our state.  From retail shops to new media companies to boutique design firms, creative businesses are raising the profile of local goods and services. The Create Award acknowledges an outstanding, for-profit creative business that has made a significant impact on Colorado’s creative economy. Their impact extends beyond their day jobs—it bolsters the reputation, strength and growth of our creative community statewide.

IMPACT AWARD

Companies are thinking differently about how to build their competitive advantage and meet business goals. It can be a creative idea at the right time, inspiring work environments, creative collaborations or original community partnerships that benefit of the company, employees and their local community. The Impact Award highlights 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.

JOHN MADDEN, JR. LEADERSHIP AWARD

Individuals at all levels often inspire corporate and community participation in arts and culture. Their influence is felt in a culture that values the arts, whether it is through philanthropy, corporate collecting, volunteer programs, arts advocacy or many other activities. Whether the leader is currently working or has since retired, s/he has left an impression and served as a positive role model for those who succeed them. 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.

EY NEXT WAVE LEADERSHIP AWARD

The next generation of business leaders is already making waves and shaping the future of our state. The EY Next Wave Leadership Award honors rising professionals who are leading the future of our cultural community. Their dedication to advancing arts & culture in Colorado is exemplary.  They are passionate advocates and models of civic engagement. Through their volunteer roles, philanthropy, and innovative partnerships, these individuals are taking a fresh approach to Colorado’s creative vitality.  Nominees must be under the age of 40 as of the awards luncheon.

PHILANTHROPY AWARD

Corporate philanthropic support is critical to sustain arts and culture, the cornerstone of community vitality. Commitment to the arts supports a wide variety of community priorities including economic development, education and quality of life. At the same time, charitable giving generates goodwill and adds value to business enterprises. The Philanthropy Award honors exemplary corporate citizenship and generosity to arts and cultural projects and organizations.

Past Business for the Arts Awards Winners

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