Key themes that emerged in 2021 included advocacy, collaboration, education, equity, engagement, perseverance and resilience. There are many achievements and successes to be celebrated with our CBCA community, members and partners that you’ll see throughout this report.
Advocacy and policy work became a higher priority for CBCA in 2021. While embarking on planning, visioning and capacity building initiatives, the organization stepped up at a crucial time to lead grassroots and direct state and federal arts advocacy initiatives, as well as public awareness campaigns and new leadership networks.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, CBCA continued to evolve programming and events to best engage with its members and stakeholders and to serve the needs of diverse Colorado communities. We adapted programming to virtual and hybrid formats, reimagined our signature events, celebrated program milestones and listened to the needs of our communities. With the unscripted nature of the pandemic, we responded to ever-changing dynamics always putting the health and safety of our constituents first.
As a catalyst for systemic change and an advocate for social justice, CBCA deepened its commitment to DEI&A in 2021 investing in unconscious bias training for its staff, board of directors and members of its Equity, Inclusivity, Diversity and Accessibility Committee. Working with a consultant on a series of training programs that have continued into 2022, we continue on our organizational journey of prioritizing and elevating anti-oppression work in all we do.
With CBCA’s continued growth and capacity building needs, we added another staff member in December 2021, and now have a team of five! We also had a leadership change at the end of the year on our Board of Directors. I want to personally thank our immediate past chair, Chris Ross of U.S. Bank, for his calm and steady leadership over the past two years of this unprecedented time. I also want to express gratitude to the rest of the CBCA board, staff, committee members, partners, and all our member organizations and their employees for your collective contributions and support of advancing our mission, vision and impact.
Christin Crampton Day