CBCA’s 27th Annual Business for the Arts Awards

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Seawell Grand Ballroom, Denver Performing Arts Complex

CBCA announced the winners of the 2014 Business for the Arts Awards, Colorado’s signature event honoring companies and individual’s for their exemplary partnerships and engagement with the arts, to a sold-out luncheon filled with arts, business, and civic leaders on March 5, 2014.

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Congratulations to the 2014 Business for the Arts Awards Winners

These five winners were chosen from fifteen finalists and announced during the luncheon:

Create Award acknowledges an outstanding, for-profit creative business that has made a significant impact on Colorado’s creative economy

  • Rakun for establishing a creative incubator that promotes economic and professional development, collaboration and growth for the Denver’s handmade community

Impact Award highlights the 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

  • AspenPointe for its exceptional military artistic healing program in Colorado Springs that uses the power of art to teach self-expression and coping skills

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

  • Robert & Judi Newman for their visionary leadership to increase access to the arts and vital arts education in Denver and nationally

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

  • Arrow Electronics for advancing innovation, creativity and collaboration through inventive partnerships and philanthropy in the arts

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

  • Gates Family Foundation for its renovation of a historic Denver building that reflects the Foundation’s values, honors the building’s legacy, and showcases Colorado artists

The distinguished judging panel for the 2014 Business for the Arts Awards consisted of:

Before the 2014 awards luncheon, guests enjoyed pre-entertainment from OhHeckYeahButterfly Pavilion and local aerial acrobat, Tiffany Race. Paper BirdMix from University of Colorado Denver’s College of Arts & MediaBovine Metropolis Theater and Denver Center Attraction’s Million Dollar Quartet gave dazzling, high-energy performances during the event.

CBCA PrintFolio

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 was awarded to each winner and every finalist received a print from the suite.

Lead sponsors are Ernst & YoungKaiser Permanente and Pinnacol Assurance and additional sponsors of the 2014 Business for the Arts Awards include Delta DentalGE JohnsonJohn Madden CompanySnell & WilmerThe Publishing HouseCBS4ColoradoBIZ Magazine,  The Denver Post Community, and Rocky Mountain PBS.

Thank you to our sponsors

Watch videos of all the Award Finalists on CBCA’s YouTube channel

2014 Business for the Arts Awards Finalists

Create Award

  • Hope Tank for its role as a charitable boutique, supporting  socially conscious artisans through economic development, philanthropy and community building
  • Noyes Art Designs for its compelling artful designs of Colorado healthcare facilities that feature local art to promote patient healing, comfort and strength
  • Rakun for establishing a creative incubator that promotes economic  and professional development, collaboration and growth for the Denver’s handmade community

Impact Award

  • Kevin Taylor Restaurant Group for its partnerships with Colorado’s leading visual and performance arts facilities to boost cultural tourism, economic activity and patron experiences
  • Arts Brookfield for enhancing Denver’s  vitality through innovative public art, creative workplaces and a new global showcase that highlights local artists
  • AspenPointe for its exceptional military artistic healing programs that use the power of art to advance self-expression and coping skills

John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award

  • Duke Hartman for his professional and philanthropic commitment to advance our creative economy through his outstanding board service and TV production company
  • J. Landis Martin for three decades of leadership in the visual and performing  arts, elevating Denver and Colorado’s reputation as a national cultural hub
  • Robert & Judi Newman for their visionary and generous leadership to advance the arts, particularly theater, music and arts education in Denver and nationally

Philanthropy Award

  • Arrow Electronics for fostering innovation, creativity and collaboration in their anchor city through inventive partnerships and philanthropy in the arts
  • Bellco Credit Union for its dedicated and long-standing commitment to supporting the arts through community outreach, employee engagement and philanthropy
  • Odell Brewing for its support of Fort Collins’ vibrant creative community through collaborations, sponsorships and in-kind contributions for local festivals and charities

Workspace Award

  • Gates Family Foundation for its renovation of a historic Denver building that reflects the Foundation’s  values, honors the building’s legacy, and showcases Colorado artists
  • GroundFloor Media for its transformative workspace that sparks individual expression, collective creativity, community building for all employees and guests
  • McGeady Sisneros for its impressive collection of commissioned local artworks that transform this all-woman law office into a place for contemplation and insight

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Past Winners

For information about previous Business for the Arts Awards winners and events, click here.

For a complete list of award eligibility requirements, click here.