About the Awards

The annual Business in the Arts Awards celebrate innovative partnerships, generous philanthropy, creative businesses and stellar leadership across the state. CBCA is accepting nominations for the Business for the Arts Awards Honorees, John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award, EY Next Wave Leadership Award, and Cultural Leadership Award.

Nominations MUST be submitted by November 2.

  • 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, EY Next Wave Leadership Award, Cultural Leadership Award recipient
  • All honorees will be announced in December 2018
  • All honorees will be celebrated at the annual Business for the Arts Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at the Denver Performing Arts Complex

BUSINESS FOR THE ARTS AWARDS HONOREES

These companies have gone above and beyond to support the arts and creative industries through innovative partnerships, arts integration, creative workplaces, economic development in the creative sector, arts advocacy, employee engagement, and/or philanthropy. These initiatives advance our cultural vitality and are outside the company’s day-to-day mission or business.

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

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.

 

EY NEXT WAVE LEADERSHIP AWARD

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

 

CULTURAL LEADERSHIP AWARD

The Cultural Leadership Award recognizes a graduate of CBCA’s Leadership Arts program who has made and/or continues to make an impact on arts & culture in Colorado.

 

VOLUNTEER ATTORNEY OF THE YEAR

The Volunteer Attorney of the Year recognizes an outstanding attorney who has provided pro bono legal services to Colorado creatives and advanced CBCA’s Colorado Attorneys for the Arts program. The honoree will be chosen by the Colorado Attorneys for the Arts Committee.

Past Business for the Arts Awards Winners

2018
Bellco Credit Union
Caroline R. Kert
Cecily Cullen
Dazzle
Delta Dental of Colorado
Downtown Artery
Gensler
Hal Logan
Kate Perdoni
RTD & City of Aurora
Stanley Marketplace
Xcel Energy

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