Four Winners of the 2012 CBCA Business for the Arts Awards Announced
Awards honor Colorado businesses and leaders that leverage the arts for success


Denver, CO – Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) honored businesses and leaders for their exemplary partnerships and engagement with the arts at the 25th annual CBCA Business for the Arts Awards luncheon, Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Over 700 business, cultural and civic leaders attended this arts-infused celebration. The Honorable Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper said, “Partnerships between arts and business help define Colorado. These types of collaborative efforts attract new businesses to our state and go hand in hand with the innovative spirit that makes Colorado a great place to live, work and play.”


2012 Business for the Arts Awards Winners

Winners were announced in the following four categories from twelve finalists:


Impact Award highlights innovative use of the arts to propel business strategies and success

  • Aspen Skiing Company  – for partnering contemporary art with skiing, both on and off the slopes


John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award recognizes a business sector individual who has made significant contributions to advancing arts and culture in Colorado

  • Frederic C. Hamilton – for his philanthropy, leadership, vision and entrepreneurship on behalf of the Denver Art Museum


Philanthropy Award honors exemplary corporate citizenship and generosity to arts and cultural projects and organizations

  • The Westin Denver Downtown - for their arts and cultural sponsorships of nonprofits that perform, produce or exhibit in Denver   


Workspace Award pays tribute to an exceptional work environment that advances business objectives

  • Battery621 - for the transformation of a former warehouse into a shared creative space and events venue

The distinguished judging panel for the 2012 Business for the Arts Awards was comprised of the following business and cultural leaders:

Tami Door, President and Chief Executive Officer, Downtown Denver Partnership
Mark Falcone, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Continuum Partners
Dan Howard, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Colorado Denver
Richard Scharf, President and Chief Executive Officer, VISIT DENVER
Lead sponsors of the event were Ernst & Young and Pinnacol Assurance and additional sponsors of the 2012 Business for the Arts Awards include Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Delta Dental of Colorado, GE Johnson Construction Company, Kaiser Permanente, Snell & Wilmer, The John Madden Company, The Publishing House, CBS4, ColoradoBIZ Magazine and The Denver Post Community.
Inspiring entertainment was provided by Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Denver Art Museum, Denver Centre Attractions, The Wildlife Experience, Molly Brown House, Stories on Stage and René Heredia, Flamenco Guitarist.

Colorado artists Theresa Haberkorn, Mark Lunning, Jim Milmoe and Tony Ortega created unique prints as part of CBCA’s PrintFolio project, an initiative of CBCA’s Leadership Arts Alumni Network. A complete set was awarded to each winner. Additional information about the works and the artists is available at

 Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) is a catalyst for Colorado’s business community to leverage the arts for economic vitality. CBCA is a member organization of leading companies that have a philanthropic commitment to the arts and recognize the link between cultural vitality and creative and innovative success. Over 130 metro area businesses are members of CBCA. Established in 1985 by local business leaders, CBCA is now an affiliate of Americans for the Arts and formerly of the National Business Committee for the Arts founded by David Rockefeller in 1967. CBCA is a proud recipient of the Denver 2010 Mayors’ Award for Excellence in the Arts.


For event photos, video clips or additional information contact:

Deborah Jordy
CBCA Executive Director


Additional information about the 2012 Business for the Arts Awards winners:


Impact Award It is not always the most money, people or time spent that have the greatest effect on business success. It can be a creative idea at the right time, innovative strategies, good design, effective communication or establishing community partnerships to the benefit of the company, employees and others. 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.


  • Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) operates four ski mountains and two hotels in the Aspen/Snowmass area. Since its founding in 1946, programs were created to engage employees in community arts and business partnerships and have become an integral part of ASC company culture. The 2005 collaboration between Aspen Art Museum and ASC began with the goal of bringing contemporary art to audiences in innovative ways and in unexpected places. Examples include using world-class art as the imagery on each season’s lift ticket and offering public access to sculpture, visual and performance art. In 2010, ASC presented the multisite exhibition of renowned artist Walter Niedermayr, featuring large-scale photographs at locations throughout Aspen/Snowmass that could be visited on foot, snowshoes, skis or snowboard.

Finalists:  Children’s Hospital Colorado, Phipps/McCarthy, JV and UMB Bank and Toolbox Creative


John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award Individuals at all levels often inspire corporate and business participation in arts and culture. Their influence is felt in a company culture that values the arts, whether it is through philanthropy, corporate collecting, volunteer programs, arts advocacy or many other activities. Whether the individual 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. The John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award, named after CBCA’s Founding Chairman, recognizes a business sector individual who has made significant contributions to advancing arts and culture in Colorado.


  • Frederic C. Hamilton’s leadership and cultural philanthropy are known throughout Denver, though perhaps most significantly at the Denver Art Museum. A Board Member since 1977 and Chairman since 1994, Hamilton has played an integral role in the realization of the DAM’s expansion and in their institutional growth and sustainability. He led the first endowment campaign for the Museum and the second effort as well, raising more than $100 million in total endowment funds, including his own transformational gift. Hamilton’s commitment to the Museum’s many initiatives, including collecting, hosting major traveling exhibitions, engaging community business leaders and providing a strong financial platform for the future, has directly influenced the success and reputation of the Denver Art Museum.

Finalists:  Wilbur Flachman and Sacha Millstone


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.


  • The Westin Denver Downtown has partnered with arts organizations for over 20 years. This has admittedly proven to be a successful strategy for hotel business development, but also for generating broad local economic activity. Successful collaborations with arts and cultural organizations promote and support Denver’s growth as a destination for cultural tourism, as well. The Westin offers in-kind donations and hosts and sponsors events for a variety of organizations that perform, produce or exhibit in downtown Denver. Among them are long-term relationships with The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver Film Society, Colorado Ballet, Opera Colorado, Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Central City Opera and the Fine Arts Foundation.

Finalists:  Guiry’s and Park Meadows Retail Resort


Workspace Award The physical environment in which people work influences employee and business prosperity. Through architecture, interior design, space planning, art collections or individual efforts, workspace can foster employee creativity, innovation and morale. Well designed workspace also communicates corporate mission, identity and style to clients and the community. The Workspace Award pays tribute to an exceptional work environment that advances business objectives.


  • Battery621 is a shared creative space located one block from Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe. The innovative workspace design maximizes space usage and flexibility in support of its function as a creativity and energy incubator. It provides tenants a premier place to do business during the day and allows the space to serve as a distinctive events venue after hours. A year after completion, the 13 tenants include snow sports retailers, media and marketing companies, creative and event-staffing agencies, plus a fabrication/manufacturing shop, offices and photography studio. Art is prominently exhibited throughout the 30,000 square foot building. Battery621 is an active member of the Art District on Santa Fe and the venue is also used by other community cultural organizations and programs for promotional and fundraising events.

Finalists:  Boulder Digital Arts and tres birds workshop