Presented by EY and PNC Bank, the 2019 Business for the Arts Awards Luncheon will honor outstanding business and arts partnerships from across Colorado. This inspiring, arts-infused event is attended annually by 700+ corporate, cultural and civic leaders. This signature event is one of Colorado’s most anticipated luncheons. Honorees will be celebrated for their innovative partnerships, generous philanthropy, creative businesses and stellar leadership across the state.
New this year, CBCA is offering advertisements in the 2019 Business for the Arts Awards Program Book and a special discounted price for members. This opportunity provides business and nonprofit partners significant visibility to arts, business, civic, education and government leaders during the luncheon at the Seawell Ballroom on March 12, 2019 and beyond throughout the program book’s year-long shelf life. Ad space confirmation is due January 15, 2019. Click here to see the full details or email Karlie McLaughlin a firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
2019 Business for the Arts Awards Honorees
The Business for the Arts Awards Honorees are exemplary organizations that have gone above and beyond to support the arts and creative industries.
- Bank of America has a deep commitment to philanthropy in the arts, including sponsoring major exhibits at Denver Art Museum, grants for art conservation and their Museums on Us program.
- City of Lakewood collaborated to create the 40 West ArtLine, a four-mile walking and biking arts experience, creatively connecting parks and neighborhoods to transit, businesses, and other amenities.
- Colorado Harvest Company, a premium cannabis production and retail company, was a founding sponsor of Denver’s Levitt Pavilion and continues to integrate the arts into their facilities.
- Dairy Block, developed by McWHINNEY, Sage Hospitality and Grand American, Inc., is a unique micro-district in downtown Denver, boasting over 700 pieces of art featuring 30 Colorado artists, curated by NINE dot ARTS.
- The Independence Center, an independent living center that serves people with disabilities in El Paso County, has forged unique relationships with arts organizations to lift up the voices of the people they serve.
- Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s recent public health awareness campaign included powerful murals promoting the importance of mental health throughout Colorado Springs and Pueblo.
EY Next Wave Leadership Award
The EY Next Wave Leadership Award honors rising professionals who are leading the future of our cultural community.
- Armando Silva, Artist/Gallery Owner, Artmando Studio is an artist, teacher and performer based in Greeley who supports the community through performance paintings, engaging murals and an annual hip hop dance festival.
PNC Bank Cultural Leadership Award
The PNC Bank Cultural Leadership Award recognizes an outstanding graduate of CBCA’s Leadership Arts program who has made an impact on arts and culture in Colorado.
- Meredith Hutson, Founder and Executive Director, Presenting Denver (Leadership Arts 2012) is a tireless volunteer leader and arts advocate, furthering Denver as an innovative dance hub through Presenting Denver, community partnerships and volunteer service.
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 (CAFTA) program.
- Dave Ratner, Principal, Creative Law Network has dedicated his legal practice and volunteer service to the creative industries, including stewarding the development and growth of CBCA’s Colorado Attorneys for the Arts program across Colorado.
John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award
Named for CBCA’s founding chairman, the John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award recognizes a lifetime of extraordinary leadership and a legacy of support for the arts.
- Mariner Kemper, Chairman, President and CEO, UMB Financial Corporation has carried on UMB’s comprehensive and sustained commitment to the cultural sector through his philanthropy, leadership, business practices and personal passion for the arts.
The 2019 Business for the Arts Awards Honorees, EY Next Wave Leadership Award, PNC Bank Cultural Leadership Award and John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award were selected by an independent panel of arts, business and community leaders.
- J.J. Ament, CEO, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation
- Liz Gardner, Social Investment Representative, Xcel Energy
- Jim Johnston, Marketing Director, Bellco Credit Union
- Hal Logan, past John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award Honoree
- Jill Robinson, President and CEO, TRG Arts
The Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award was selected by the CAFTA Advisory Committee.