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Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) announced the winners of the 2016 Business for the Arts Awards at our annual luncheon on March 9. This signature event honored companies and individuals for their exemplary partnerships and engagement with the arts, to a sold-out crowd of 700+ arts, business, and civic leaders at the Seawell Ballroom.

The keynote address was delivered by Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts, marking its 50th anniversary this year. Guests enjoyed pre-entertainment from Denver Chalk Art Festival and Metropolitan State University of Denver’s The Substitutes Jazz Quartet and the SCFD Polar Bears. Performances from DCPA Theater Company and DeVotchKa, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance and Swallow Hill Music provided inspiring and energetic entertainment during the event.

 

2016 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

  • Share Denver is a craft/maker space in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood that fosters community through shared skills, peer-led workshops and events.

 

EY Next Wave Leadership Award honors rising professionals who are leading the future of our cultural community. Recipients must be under the age of 40 as of March 9, 2016.

  • Will Chan uses the arts to aid in the integration of new immigrants and refugees to Denver. Will promotes the holistic power of the arts as a common language and reflection of our diverse 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

  • Illegal Pete’s does more than serve delicious burritos. Through their Starving Artists program and Greater Than Collective record label, they demonstrate a commitment to philanthropy, local music and community partnerships.

 

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

  • Former Mayor Bob Murphy has been a leader in the rise of the art, culture and the creative economy across Lakewood.

 

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

  • Crestone Mercantile is a major philanthropic player in this rural community and actively involved in their burgeoning creative district.

 

This years’ winners received original digital ink-jet photographs by Colorado’s Evan Anderman Photography.

 

The distinguished judging panel for the 2016 Business for the Arts Awards consisted of:

  • Bill Marino, Board Chair, 40 West Arts District & Executive Director, Lakewood-West Colfax Business Improvement District
  • Lisa Rigsby Peterson, Executive Director, Lone Tree Arts Center
  • Dan Prather, Managing Partner & President, DualDraw & CBCA, Board Member
  • Kelly Underell, Deputy Director, Colorado Innovation Network

 

2016 Business for the Arts Awards Finalists

Winners will be announced at the Awards Luncheon in the following five categories from these fifteen finalists.

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

  • OZ Architecture is developing new hubs for creativity and innovation in the RiNo Arts District, particularly through INDUSTRY
  • Share Denver is a craft/maker space encouraging creative individuals through shared skills, workshops and collaborative community events
  • Steel City Art Works is an artist cooperative in Pueblo actively exhibiting, promoting and expanding the positive impact of the arts

EY Next Wave Leadership Award honors rising professionals who are leading the future of our cultural community. Finalists must be under the age of 40 as of March 9, 2016.

  • Tara Bardeen founded Go Play Denver, which inspires people to fall in love with their city by forming a strong connection to its arts and cultural offerings
  • Will Chan uses the arts to aid in the integration of new immigrants, refugees and asylees through the Denver Public Library’s  innovative programming
  • Deanne Gertner advances the arts through her board service at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, writing for Presenting Denver and career at NINE dot ARTS

Impact Award highlights innovative use of the arts to propel business success, programs that engage employees with creativity and community activities to foster arts and business partnerships.

  • Brookfield has a long tradition of incorporating arts into its buildings with its global initiative, Arts Brookfield, including two towers in downtown Denver
  • Illegal Pete’s promotes, cultivates and integrates the local music scene through their Starving Artist program, recording label and philanthropy
  • Saint Joseph Hospital uses arts for healing and staff engagement through their extensive art collection and partnerships with local musical groups

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

  • Judy and Newell Grant’s lifetime support of the arts extends to the Central City Opera, Denver Botanic Gardens and many more cultural organizations
  • Kimberlee McKee spearheaded the creation of the Downtown Longmont Creative District, inspiring cross-sector partnerships and vitality through the arts
  • Former Mayor Bob Murphy has been a leader in the rise of art, culture and the creative economy across Lakewood over two decades of public service

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

  • Crestone Mercantile is a major philanthropic player in this rural mountain community and actively involved in their burgeoning creative district
  • Ent Federal Credit Union demonstrates their arts support in Colorado Springs with UCCS’ new Ent Center for the Arts, which will be a cultural asset for the whole region
  • U.S. Bank’s commitment to corporate giving in the arts is broad and deep through grants, sponsorships, employee volunteerism and advocacy

 

Thank you to our 2016 Awards Sponsors

Ernst & Young

John Madden Company

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Past Business for the Arts Award Winners & Finalists

Read coverage of the 2015 Business for the Arts Awards Luncheon in The Denver PostDenver Business Journal and Denver’s Westword.

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

For more information about past Business for the Arts Awards, click here.

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