Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has been forging inspiring partnerships between business and the arts since 1985 through year-round advocacy, research, training and arts engagement efforts.
As a champion of artists, cultural organizations and creative industries, CBCA advances Denver and Colorado as a cultural hub and validates the arts as an integral part of our regional economy. CBCA also demonstrates that art is smart for business by providing the business community with access, exposure and visibility for their investment in the arts.
CBCA advances Colorado’s creative economy by connecting business and the arts.
CBCA envisions a Colorado where arts and business are integrated to catalyze and build strong and vibrant communities.
- Collaboration: Arts and business enhance one another. Fostering partnerships between them helps strengthen our communities.
- Creativity: Encouraging new, different and innovative ideas is necessary for our community to grow.
- Education: Civic and business leaders, as well as the people they serve, should understand and advocate for the importance of the arts.
- Inclusiveness: The arts are for all Coloradans. All forms of creative expression are valuable.
- Cultural Vitality: The arts are an indispensable part of our community and economic development, as well as our day-to-day lives.
As an organization that respectfully lives at the intersection of arts and business, we are on a journey toward building community and belonging for all. We commit to an inclusive and equitable approach to everything we do. We believe that appreciating individuals with different backgrounds, identities and experiences fosters growth for everyone.
In 1984, Denver developer John Madden, Jr. brought together a distinguished, forward-thinking group of Colorado business leaders who believed in the importance and value of arts and culture. They were inspired by David Rockefeller’s national Business Committee for the Arts, which was formed in 1967 by a group of business leaders committed to demonstrating corporate social responsibility through supporting the arts. Under this model, CBCA was created in 1985 with the mission to educate, motivate and recognize business support for and participation in the arts in Colorado.
CBCA was originally founded with a strong focus on the inherent benefits of nonprofit arts on the business community with services and programming primarily serving the private sector. CBCA has evolved to serve the mutually beneficial intersection of arts and business with industry-leading programs, trainings and cultural opportunities for members and the broad community. The organization’s work has also expanded to include the for-profit creative industries with programming, resources and professional development for individual artists and creative enterprises.
As an affiliate of Americans for the Arts, CBCA remains a successful membership organization of leading Colorado companies, individuals, artists and arts organizations.
Dustin Whistler, Chair
Founder & Principal, Forte Commercial Real Estate
Nancy Walsh, Vice Chair
Vice President of Partnerships & Programs, Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Rachel Basye, Treasurer
Executive Director, Arts Students League Denver
Bob Keatinge, Secretary
Of Counsel, Holland & Hart
Vice President, UMB Bank
Partner, Fairfield & Woods
Managing Director, Opera Colorado
Vice President of Operations, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center & Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children
Human Resouces Consultant
CVO, Black Business Initiative
Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Dean, College of Arts & Media, University of Colorado Denver
Chief Financial Officer, Pinnacol Assurance
La Rondine Consulting
Founder, Creativity Lab Colorado
Anthony McWright, EdD
Principal, Denver School of the Arts
Executive Director, Foothills Art Center
Director, Cultural Affairs, Denver Arts & Venues
Christine M Quintana
Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Senior Manager, Arts Integrated Resources, Kaiser Permanente Colorado
Executive Director, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking Relationship Manager, U.S. Bank
Founder, Guest House
Vice President of Client & Community Relations, PNC Bank
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, NINE dot ARTS
Executive Director, RiNo Arts District
Christin Crampton Day
Christin (she/her/hers) joined Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) as its Executive Director in February 2017. She is a past participant of CBCA’s Leadership Arts program and a recipient of CBCA’s Cultural Leadership Award in 2016.
Christin is a seasoned professional with over 30 years’ experience in non-profit and for-profit leadership and management. The majority of her experience has been in the private sector having co-owned a public relations agency in Denver for over 10 years, as well as previously lead a performing arts nonprofit in the Denver metro area. She has experience working with organizations in many industry sectors spanning consumer, business-to-business and nonprofit. Her expertise includes strategic planning, communications, public relations, marketing, sales, development and fundraising.
Christin served on the board of trustees for Colorado Ballet for 13 years, including serving as a past board co-chair, marketing chair, and on the executive and long-range planning committees. Today, she is an Emeritus Board Member of Colorado Ballet. She currently serves on the board of trustees for The Dance Archive at University of Denver, and was appointed in 2018 to the Private Sector Council of Americans for the Arts.
A native of Michigan, Christin has been a resident of Denver since 1994, when she relocated from Chicago. She received her B.A. in Communications from Michigan State University.
A “black belt ballerina,” in her spare time she continues to study ballet, which she’s done since age three, as well as train in the Korean martial arts of Taekwondo, Tang Soo Do and Hapkido, which she’s achieved the rank of 2nd Dan Black Belt over the past 12 years.
Meredith (she/her/hers) has been at CBCA since July 2013 and enjoys making a positive impact through creativity and community partnerships every single day. Meredith oversees all of CBCA’s programs, including the Leadership Arts board development program and alumni activities, Colorado Attorneys for the Arts' pro bono legal referral service, Advancing Creatives professional development workshops for creatives, monthly cultural events for CBCA members, quarterly Arts + Industry Forums, the annual Business for the Arts Awards and the biennial Economic Activity Study of Metro Denver Culture. She also stewards CBCA’s advocacy efforts and manages social media communications. Formerly, Meredith worked as a strategy consultant for the nonprofit and public sector at Corona Insights and in patron services for Curious Theatre Company. She received a B.A. in Comparative Literature and French Studies from Smith College. She was part of the Colorado Creative Industries Change Leader Institute in fall 2017. In her limited free time, she is President of the Smith College Alumnae Club of Colorado and assists with the alumnae admissions program. You can chuckle at her on stage at local venues where she performs long-form improv comedy.
Membership and Development Director
Karlie (she/her/hers) joined CBCA in October 2018. With seven years of experience in non-profit arts, her roles have ranged from operations to fundraising with her expertise being in marketing and development. Most recently, she was Marketing & Development Manager at Breckenridge Music where she managed an organizational rebrand and helped increase contributed revenue streams through grant writing, soliciting sponsorships and assisting with individual donor campaigns. She has worked for organizations such as Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, the Denver Art Museum and MAINSITE Contemporary Art Gallery, as well as volunteered extensively with RedLine and MCA Denver. She currently serves on the board of Culturehaus, the Denver Art Museum's young philanthropist group.
She holds a Master’s degree in Arts Development and Program Management from the University of Denver and an undergraduate degree in English Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Oklahoma. When she isn’t working to advance Colorado’s creative economy by connecting art organizations and businesses through unique membership and sponsorship opportunities, she enjoys exploring the diverse music scene across Denver, riding her bike through the city and adventuring in the mountains.
Program & Events Coordinator
Rachael (she/her/hers) joined CBCA in January 2020. She has been working in the Denver area for arts and nonprofit organizations for many years, most recently with Athena Project and the Denver Art Museum. She earned her BFA in Theatre and BA in English at Stephens College and completed her MA in Arts, Festival and Cultural Management at Queen Margaret University in Scotland. While in Edinburgh, she worked with Imaginate as a Festival Assistant and the Royal Lyceum Theatre as Assistant Producer for the Connections 500 Festival. When not working to advance creative endeavors, Rachael can be found at the library.
Marketing and Development Coordinator
Calley Wright (she/her/hers) joined CBCA in December 2021. She has been working and volunteering in the Denver area since moving here in 2018. She holds an MBA with a concentration in Marketing, and BA in History with a minor in Art History from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. When Calley is not working to support and continue to cultivate CBCA's Marketing and Development endeavors, she is exploring National Parks, museums, and historic sites.
Chris Ross, Chair
Dustin Whistler, Chair
Paul Deckard, Vice Chair
Leslie Castanuela Barnes
Herman Tiemens II
Kathy Kranz, Chair
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) Committee
Nancy Walsh, Chair
Kim Estes McCarty
Marketing & Events Committee
Radhika Mahanty, Co-Chair
Meg Satrom, Co-Chair
Policy & Governance Committee
Bob Keatinge, Chair
Hasan Najjar, Chair
Colorado Attorneys for the Arts Advisory Committee
Dave Ratner, Chair
Forrest J. Morrison
Colorado Attorneys for the Arts Vetting Committee
Leadership Arts Alumni Network (LAAN) Committee
MarChelle McKizzie (Leadership Arts 2020-2021), Chair
Michael Sattler (Leadership Arts 2019-2020), Vice Chair
Erin Bonich (Leadership Arts 2018-2019)
Christy Costello (Leadership Arts 2015-2016)
Bob Keatinge (Leadership Arts 2008-2009)
Theresa Keatinge (Leadership Arts 2010-2011)
Jim Neely (Leadership Arts 2011-2012)
Mark Shaiken (Leadership Arts 2018-2019)
Matthew Stearns (Leadership Arts 2018-2019)
Jim Stevens (Leadership Arts 2020-2021)
Alice White (Leadership Arts 1996-1997)