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CBCA’s Annual Business for the Arts Awards

Successful companies and business leaders recognize that arts involvement has a positive impact on their people, culture and performance.  At the annual Business for the Arts Awards luncheon on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, CBCA will honor businesses and individuals for their exemplary partnerships and engagement with the arts.

2015 Awards Judges

  • Joe Blake, Chancellor Emeritus, Colorado State University
  • Margaret Hunt, Director, Colorado Creative Industries
  • Rich Kylberg, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Arrow Electronics
  • Sacha Millstone, Senior Vice President, Investments, The Millstone Evans Group of Raymond James & Associates
  • Jandel T. Allen-Davis, MD, Vice President, Government and External Relations, Kaiser Permanente


2015 Award Categories

Create Award

Creative industries shape Colorado’s economy and contribute to the cultural fabric of our state.  From retail shops to new media companies to boutique design firms, creative businesses are raising the profile of local goods and services. The Create Award acknowledges an outstanding, for-profit creative business that has made a significant impact on Colorado’s creative economy. Their impact extends beyond their day jobs – it bolsters the reputation, strength and growth of our creative community statewide.

Impact Award

Companies are thinking differently about how to build their competitive advantage and meet business goals. It can be a creative idea at the right time, inspiring work environments, creative collaborations or original community partnerships that benefit of the company, employees and their local community. 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.

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 Leader 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. Named for CBCA’s founding chairman, the John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award recognizes a business sector individual who has made significant contributions to advancing arts and culture in Colorado. 

Next Wave Leadership Award (New in 2015)

The next generation of business leaders is already making waves and shaping the future of our state. The Next Wave Leadership Award honors rising professionals who are leading the future of our cultural community. Their dedication to advancing arts & culture in Colorado is exemplary.  They are passionate advocates and models of civic engagement. Through their volunteer roles, philanthropy, and innovative partnerships, these individuals are taking a fresh approach to Colorado’s creative vitality.  Nominees must be under the age of 40 as of March 11, 2015

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. 

For a complete list of 2015 award eligibility requirements, click here.

Watch videos of all the past Business for the Arts Award Finalists on CBCA’s YouTube channel


Congratulations to the 2014 Business for the Arts Awards Winners

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

Create Award

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

Impact Award

  • 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

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

Philanthropy Award

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

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

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


Past Winners

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