Las Dahlias performing at 2024 Business for the Arts Awards Luncheon. Image by Amanda Tipton Photography

CBCA’s Business for the Arts Awards celebrate innovative cross-sector partnerships, generous philanthropy, creative businesses, and stellar leadership across the state. The annual awards luncheon is CBCA’s largest fundraiser and the only statewide event honoring companies and individuals for their outstanding business partnerships and engagement with the arts.

The 2024 Business for the Arts Awards luncheon, presented by MSU Denver and U.S. Bank, was held on March 12, 2024 at the Seawell Ballroom, DCPA. This sold-out event was attended by 700 corporate, cultural and civic leaders, as well as livestreamed to attendees.  Read the full press release.

Congratulations to the 2024 Business for the Arts Awards Honorees

The original sculpture presented to the 2024 Award Honorees was commissioned by Denver artist Jamie Gray and sponsored by HealthONE. Watch Jamie’s award artwork video.

2024 Arts & Business Partnership Award Honorees

The Arts & Business Partnership Award honorees are exemplary organizations that have gone above and beyond to support the arts and creative industries.

  • Black Cube Nomadic Art Museum exhibits site-specific art installations across Denver and Colorado with unique partnerships, such as FEMA and the Frontier Drive-Inn in the San Luis Valley, plus numerous business, civic and cultural partners. Watch their video!
  • Colorado Resiliency Arts Lab (CORAL) is a collaborative research initiative between Children’s Hospital Colorado, CU Anschutz Medical Campus and Lighthouse Writers Workshop to evaluate creative arts therapies to build resiliency for healthcare workers. Watch their video!
  • Frasier Life Plan Community partnered with Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) to establish an extensive, high-quality art program with curated exhibits and a permanent art collection to benefit their senior residents, staff and guests. Watch their video!
  • Fuel & Iron Food Hall is a visionary culinary arts hub in Pueblo, Colo., featuring a creative restaurant incubator, apprenticeship program, commissary kitchen, workforce housing units, a visual arts gallery and dedicated public art program. Watch their video!
  • Jubilee Roasting Co., with a mission to “create well and be good neighbors,” is dedicated to building community and supporting local creatives, including offering artist studio spaces in their main location in Aurora. Watch their video!
  • Klein Makerspace, based in La Junta, Colo., is fostering creativity and innovation for the betterment of their entire community through education, tourism, economic development, inspiration and local pride. Watch their video!
  • The Aurora Highlands is a new master-planned community going above and beyond to integrate a substantial, meaningful and accessible public art program that features nationally renowned artists. Watch their video!
  • The Underground Music Showcase (UMS) is a three-day music festival in Denver that is strengthening the music sector through thriving wages, mental health, accessibility, career development and harm reduction programs. Watch their video!

MSU Denver Next Wave Leadership Award

The MSU Denver Next Wave Leadership Award honors rising professionals who are leading the future of our cultural community.

  • Clelyn Chapin, Artistic Director, Denver Women’s Chorus (DWC) under the Rocky Mountain Arts Association and affiliated with the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA), has stewarded impactful collaborations with nonprofits and businesses whose values align with DWC’s mission to promote social change through music. Watch her video!

U.S. Bank Cultural Leadership Award

The U.S. Bank Cultural Leadership Award recognizes an outstanding graduate of CBCA’s Leadership Arts program who has made an impact on arts and culture in Colorado.

  • Donald Rossa, Owner, DazzleJazz, Inc. has supported an inclusive local music scene for over 25 years. A 2015 Leadership Arts alum, Donald facilitated vital resources for struggling musicians during the pandemic, such as transforming Dazzle into a food pantry and a livestreaming venue. Watch his video!

Volunteer Attorney Impact Award

The Volunteer Attorney Impact Award recognizes an outstanding attorney who has provided pro bono legal services to Colorado creatives and advanced CBCA’s Colorado Attorneys for the Arts (CAFTA) program.

  • Liz Hartsel, Partner, Fortis Law Partners, LLC, leverages her employment law practice to provide legal assistance to CAFTA clients and recruits her Fortis colleagues to get involved. Liz is also active in Colorado Symphony’s Crescendo Society, a 2016 graduate of Leadership Arts and a former CBCA board member. Watch her video!

John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award

Named for CBCA’s founding chairman, the John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award recognizes a lifetime of extraordinary leadership and a legacy of support for the arts.

  • Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, CEO and President, Craig Hospital, has infused creativity into every aspect of her life as a physician, healthcare executive, board member, philanthropist and renowned fiber artist. Jandel has stitched a professional and artistic legacy guided by equity and community service. Watch her video!

Nominations for the 2025 Business for the Arts Awards will open in fall 2024. 

Catch up on past celebrations:

2024 Awards Luncheon Digital Program

2023 Awards Luncheon Digital Program

2022 Awards Luncheon Digital Program

2021 Awards Luncheon Digital Program

Watch videos of past Business for the Arts Award Honorees

Past Business for the Arts Awards Winners

Colorado School of Mines
Fitzsimons Credit Union
Gill Foundation & Scream Agency
Mishawaka Amphitheatre
U.S. Bank
Ashley Cornelius
Deborah Malden
Brian Hanning
Merle Chambers

Artwork Archive
Conscious Alliance
Colorado Chautauqua
FCI Constructors
Holiday Twin Drive-In
Meow Wolf Denver
PNC Bank
Urban Peak
Tara Rynders
Roopesh Aggarwal
Dave Rein
Richard “Dick” Carter

Carbondale Clay Center
Charles Schwab
Craig Hospital
Eclectic Activation
Jack’s Solar Garden
Levitt Pavilion Denver
Pizzeria Locale
RedLine Contemporary Art Center
Jose “Chepe” Rosales
Michael Sattler
Shirin Chahal
Jeanette Trujillo-Lucero

America’s Mattress of Western Colorado
Anythink Libraries
Centura Health
Downtown Denver Business Improvement District
Mountain Sun Pubs and Breweries
Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA)
Youth on Record
Zeppelin Development
Zach Warkentin
Kendall Smith
donnie l. betts
Rob Applegate

Bank of America
City of Lakewood / 40 West ArtLine
Colorado Harvest Company
Dairy Block
Meredith Hutson
The Independence Center
Kaiser Permanente Colorado
Mariner Kemper
Dave Ratner
Armando Silva

Bellco Credit Union
Cecily Cullen
Delta Dental of Colorado
Downtown Artery
Caroline R. Kert
Hal Logan
Kate Perdoni
RTD & City of Aurora
Stanley Marketplace
Xcel Energy

TRG Arts
Jackson Stevens
Sage Hospitality
Tim Schultz
Noble Energy

Share Denver
Will Chan
Crestone Mercantile
Illegal Pete’s
Former Mayor, Bob Murphy

Boulder Digital Arts
General Services Administration
Katie Kruger
Janus Capital Group
Bill Marino

Arrow Electronics
Robert & Judi Newman
Gates Family Foundation

Chuck Morris
Denver International Airport
I Heart Denver Store
Newmont Mining Corporation

Aspen Skiing Company
Frederic C. Hamilton
The Westin Denver Downtown

First Western Trust Bank
Platte River Ventures
Walter Isenberg

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4240 Architecture, Inc.
Cathey Finlon
East West Partners, Riverfront Park
Pinnacol Assurance
Westword Newspaper

Anchor Center for Blind Children
GE Johnson Construction
Kaiser Permanente
ripcord, LLC

Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture
Corporex Colorado & Mile High Development — Museum Residences
Gates Corporation
Gunnison Country Times
Mercy Regional Medical Center

Cleworth Architecural Legacy Project of the Denver
Architectural Foundation
Continuum Partners — Belmar Development
St. Mary Land & Exploration Company
Zeppelin Development — Taxi

Alpine Bank
Ellen Bruss and Mark Falcone
Fine Arts Foundation
JohnstonWells Public Relations
Lockheed Martin
Pinyon Mortgage Corporation

Carol Ann and Gary Hixon
Garlic Mike’s Italian Cuisine
Lowry Foundation
Pueblo Bank & Trust

Berger Funds
City of Englewood
Jim Copenhaver
JohnstonWells Public Relations

Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
Lester “Dusty” Loo
Northern Trust Bank
Starz Encore Group
Wells Fargo

Daily Camera
East West Partners, Riverfront Park
John Hickenlooper, Wynkoop Brewing Company

Brookfield Properties
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Kathryn Paul, Kaiser Permanente
The Denver Post

Downtown Denver’s Courtyard by Marriott
Tesser LLC

Colorado National Bank
Penguin Studio Press Inc
The Peak 96.5 FM Radio
The Westin Hotel

Allegro Coffee
Colorado Springs Gazette
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Senn Lewis Visciano & Strahle PC
Target Stores

Boogies Diner, Aspen
Estes Park Trail-Gazette
Public Service Company of Colorado
Syntex Chemicals
The Denver Foundation

Bank One
CW Electronics
Reynelda Muse, KCNC-TV
Telluride Times-Journal
Wilson/Johnson Creative

Charles M. Schayer & Company
Douglas County Education
McClain Finlon Advertising
Minorco USA
NationsWay Transport
Norwest Bank
Silvertree Hotel, Aspen/Snowmass
The Mission Viejo Company
United Airlines

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of
First National Bank in Trinidad
The Denver Post
The Little Nell
The Rocky Mountain News
US West

Amoco Production Company
Brooks Brothers
Denver Area Honda Dealers
First National Bank of Wray
Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation

Associated General Contractors of Colorado
Fort Collins Coloradoan
Robinson Dairy Inc
US West
West Pines Hospital

Dauer Architects
First Interstate Bank of Denver
Newmont Mining Co.
Security Life

Apache Corporation
Continental Airlines
Everitt Companies
Martin Marietta
Phelps Inc
West Pines Hospital

American TV &
Communications Corp
Aspen Skiing Company
Otero Savings, Colorado Springs
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company
Target Stores
Wano/Coors Company Inc