2012 CBCA Business for the Arts Awards Finalists Announced
Awards honor Colorado business partnerships with the arts


Denver, CO – Many successful companies recognize that their involvement with the arts has a positive impact on their employees, company culture and business performance. Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) will honor businesses and leaders for exemplary partnerships and engagement with the arts at the 25th annual CBCA Business for the Arts Awards luncheon. The event will be held Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm in the Seawell Grand Ballroom at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. CBCA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that serves as a catalyst for Colorado’s business community to leverage the arts for economic vitality.


The awards luncheon will also include entertainment by Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Denver Art Museum, The Wildlife Experience, Molly Brown House, Stories on Stage and René Heredia, Flamenco Guitarist. Over 700 business, cultural and civic leaders are expected to attend this high energy, arts-infused celebration.


2012 Business for the Arts Awards Finalists

Winners will be announced in the following four categories from these 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
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado, Phipps/McCarthy, JV and UMB Bank – for the collaborative Many Hands Create Art community mural art project  
  • Toolbox Creative - for their inspirational, creative and philanthropic contributions to the artistic community in Fort Collins


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

  • Wilbur Flachman – for his engagement with the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, personal and business  generosity to the cultural community and service to the arts in Westminster and Adams County
  • Frederic C. Hamilton – for his philanthropy, leadership, vision and entrepreneurship on behalf of the Denver Art Museum
  • Sacha Millstone - for her service to the arts community, business financial support and dedication to the advancement of the arts in Boulder


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

  • Guiry’s - for their financial and in-kind donations to nonprofit and school arts programs
  • Park Meadows Retail Resort – for their support  of the Lone Tree Arts Center and the arts in Douglas County
  • 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
  • Boulder Digital Arts - for the unique co-working space specifically designed for digital professionals
  • tres birds workshop - for connecting art and utility as reflected in the design of 3i microscope manufacturing company


The distinguished judging panel for the 2012 Business for the Arts Awards is 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 are Ernst & Young and Pinnacol Assurance and additional sponsors of the 2012 Business for the Arts Awards include 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.


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



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. www.cbca.org


For photos or information contact:

Deanne Gertner
CBCA Administrative & Program Assistant


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


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 benefit 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.


  • Children’s Hospital Colorado, Phipps/McCarthy, JV and UMB Bank partnered to produce a unique community art project, Many Hands Create Art. Early in the planning stages of Children’s Hospital Colorado’s east tower expansion, the Phipps/McCarthy, JV construction team suggested hanging murals from the fence lining the site with the hope that art would lift the spirits of the sick children inside as well as beautify the area. Nearly 100 mural panels were created. More than 80 individuals and groups comprised of patients, families, medical professionals and staff, construction workers, local artists, schools and visual arts organizations participated. UMB Bank, the primary financial sponsor, also helped select the artists. The CHC Foundation worked with hospital administration to conduct community outreach and organize the effort.


  • Toolbox Creative, a graphic design and marketing agency, has parlayed their involvement in the local arts scene to become leaders in the Fort Collins creative and business community. Owners Dawn Putney and Tom Campbell founded Art Lab, revitalizing once vacant storefronts into free, public, cooperative art spaces that are available to all artists to practice, create and display their art. They sponsor Art Lab Supper Clubs, giving local artists the chance to present projects and receive funding. Campbell, Board Chair of Bas Blue Theatre, partners with them on branding and unique marketing promotions fundamental to their success. Toolbox Creative also supports the Fort Collins Bohemian Nights Music Festival. Donations of in-kind work and money to the creative community are equal to 20% of the company’s annual revenues.



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.



  • Wilbur Flachman has quietly donated significant time, expertise, personal financial support and business resources to impact the arts and his community for decades. Flachman co-founded the Westminster Community Artist Series, now North Metro Arts Alliance. He was the first chairman of the Adams County Cultural Council, serving for nine years. Flachman was instrumental in achieving public art funding for Adams County, which has resulted in more than 45 bronze pieces in Adams County municipalities. An avid proponent of the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District, Flachman was awarded the Rex Morgan Community Service Award in 2000. The Publishing House, his family business, is Colorado’s largest specialty publisher and well known for their generosity and partnership with a wide variety of cultural organizations.
  • 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.


  • Sacha Millstone is a strong promoter and financial supporter of the arts in Boulder, both personally and through her company, The Millstone Evans Group of Raymond James. She serves on the Board of Directors of Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and Colorado Music Festival Endowment. She is on the Advisory Boards of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and 3rd Law Dance Company among others. Millstone’s leadership inspires the organizations she engages with to be creative and her hands-on approach often includes direct program involvement. She is also the founder of Arts Around Town, a monthly program highlighting artists, events and venues in Denver and Boulder. Millstone actively continues to develop her arts leadership skills and sets an example for other Board members, staff and her employees.



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.



  • Guiry’s, a family-owned house paint, art supplies, blinds and interior decorating business, has actively supported the arts by donating over 3% of annual company profits plus supplies to a wide variety of schools, art programs and nonprofits. Among those assisted in 2011 are St. Mary’s Academy, Denver School of the Arts, Littleton Public Schools’ art departments, Cornerstone, Green Route Festival, Heritage Fine Arts Guild, Naropa Community Art Studio, Denver Arts Festival, Chalk it up to Education and Arts Street. Guiry’s works with Arapahoe High School’s “Artist of the Month” program teaching students to recognize the importance of art in their lives. Winners receive gift certificates and their work is displayed in a Guiry’s store and on Facebook. Guiry’s also encourages their employees to engage in the community through volunteering.  


  • Park Meadows Retail Resort opened in 1996 and has been committed to exposing south metropolitan Denver to the arts to create excitement and community pride from the beginning. Park Meadows was instrumental in the early success of the newly opened Lone Tree Arts Center. In addition to being a founding donor, the shopping center hosted a multitude of awareness-building and fundraising events and offered in-kind donations of promotional and giveaway items. Park Meadows commissions works by Colorado artists, sponsors a variety of arts events and donates significant advertising and space to events such as the Douglas County Art Encounters outdoor sculpture exhibit and the large Douglas County Schools annual art show for elementary, middle and high school students.



  • 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 Festival, Colorado Ballet, Opera Colorado, Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Central City Opera and the Fine Arts Foundation.



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.


  • Boulder Digital Arts is a co-working space created specifically for digital artists and professionals, including filmmakers, photographers, web designers and programmers. The nature of the workplace design creates an environment that is both inspiring and professional and encourages creative thinking and collaboration, dialogue and interaction. A sense of community is generated and it is a place to work, play and learn. The layout of the furniture is intended to stimulate conversation, allowing the artists a space to bounce ideas off each other. There are also areas where people may work privately on their own. The facility contains classrooms, galleries, offices and a shared workspace. Many varieties and mediums of digital art are displayed throughout the 6,000 square foot space.


  • tres birds workshop is an art-driven architecture firm based in Boulder. Using the principles reflected in their own workspace design – that spaces should be inspiring to their inhabitants and provide what humans need at a fundamental level to work/live at their most effective: a connection to nature and beauty – tres birds workshop designed warehouse and manufacturing space for microscope manufacturing company, 3i. It is located in the TAXI mixed-use community in Denver’s River North Art District. After consulting with 3i on their work flow patterns and goals for the new space, the innovative design directly connects art and utility. 100% of the main construction materials were reclaimed from local sources, including an insulated building wall made from 21,000 recycled water bottles, a “cellular” design concept.