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Business for the Arts Awards Luncheon
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Seawell Grand Ballroom, Denver Performing Arts Complex

Registration will open soon.


Call for Nominations

The Business for the Arts Awards honor exemplary arts and business partnerships from across the state. CBCA is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Business for the Arts Awards. Award applications are due by November 16.


Notes for Nominations

  • If you are nominating another person or company, an initial nomination is due by October 31 so the nominee has enough time to complete the full application.
  • If you are self-nominating, please indicate this on your online nomination form and you will be directed to the full application.
  • Completed applications are due by November 16.
  • You cannot save the online form and return to it. Please be ready to submit the full nomination and any supplementary materials all at once.

Questions or difficulty with the online form? Contact Meredith Badler at mbadler@cbca.org or 720-428-6720.

Betty Hart - Arvada Center. Photo Steve Peterson

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 community participation in arts and culture. Their influence is felt in a 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 an individual who has made significant contributions to advancing arts and culture in Colorado.

EY Next Wave Leadership Award
The next generation of business leaders is already making waves and shaping the future of our state. The EY 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 15, 2017.

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.

Eligibility Requirements for 2017 Business for the Arts Awards


2016 Award Finalists. Photo Steve Peterson


Congratulations to the 2016 Business for the Arts Awards Winners

Create Award

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Philanthropy Award

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

    The 2016 award 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



    Thank you to our 2016 Awards Sponsors

    Ernst & Young

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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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