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About the Awards

Presented by EY and PNC Bank, the Business for the Arts Awards celebrate innovative partnerships, generous philanthropy, creative businesses and stellar leadership across the state.

The call for nominations for the 2020 Business for the Arts Awards honorees is now open. All award nominations are due by Friday, November 8, 2019. The 2020 honorees will be celebrated at the annual Business for the Arts Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

BUSINESS FOR THE ARTS AWARDS 

These companies have gone above and beyond to support the arts and creative industries through innovative partnerships, arts integration, creative workplaces, economic development in the creative sector, arts advocacy, employee engagement, and/or philanthropy. These initiatives advance our cultural vitality and are outside the company’s day-to-day mission or business. Nominate here.

PNC BANK CULTURAL LEADERSHIP AWARD

The PNC Bank Cultural Leadership Award recognizes a graduate of CBCA’s Leadership Arts program who has made and/or continues to make an impact on arts & culture in Colorado. Nominate here.

EY NEXT WAVE LEADERSHIP AWARD

The EY Next Wave Leadership Award honors a rising professional who is leading the future of our cultural community through their volunteerism, philanthropy, innovative partnerships, and/or arts advocacy. Nominate here.

JOHN MADDEN, JR. LEADERSHIP AWARD

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. This lifetime achievement award recognizes extraordinary leadership and a legacy of support for the arts. Nominate here.

VOLUNTEER ATTORNEY OF THE YEAR

The Volunteer Attorney of the Year recognizes an outstanding attorney who has provided pro bono legal services to Colorado creatives and advanced CBCA’s Colorado Attorneys for the Arts program

The 2020 Business for the Arts Awards Honorees, EY Next Wave Leadership Award, Cultural Leadership Award and John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award will be selected by an independent panel of arts, business and community leaders. The Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award honoree is selected by the CAFTA Advisory Committee.

Call for Entertainment

CBCA is looking for artists, creative groups and cultural organizations to be part of the 2020 Business for the Arts Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at the Seawell Grand Ballroom.

The annual Business for the Arts Awards luncheon is a sold-out, arts-infused event attended by over 700 corporate, cultural and civic leaders from across Colorado. In addition to recognizing 10-12 diverse companies and individuals each year, the awards luncheon includes creative performances and interactive installations during the networking reception and four live performances during the luncheon program. By partnering with local artists and cultural groups, the luncheon showcases the dynamic power of the arts and the rich diversity of creative expression and talent in Colorado. Find out more here.

Business for the Arts Awards Sponsorship

By sponsoring CBCA’s Business for the Arts Awards, you position your company as a prominent supporter of arts and culture in Colorado. Align your business with art supporters and network with the Who’s Who in the Colorado business and arts sector.

Over 700 business leaders, arts advocates, elected officials and community organizers attend the Awards luncheon each year. Our social networks reach over 10,000 individuals via email, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. By partnering with us, this network of engaged, inspired leaders will be exposed to your brand.

All sponsors receive tickets or a table to the event, an invitation to the VIP reception and promotions on CBCA’s digital channels, in the event program and on the printed invitation.

PRESENTING SPONSORS – $15,000 (TWO SOLD OUT)

Receive top level event branding rights, significant on-site visibility, industry category exclusivity and the proprietary naming of an award with the opportunity to present on-stage at the event.

ASSOCIATE SPONSOR – $10,000 (TWO AVAILABLE)

Receive second level event branding, significant on-site visibility with company logo projected on the wall of the Seawell ballroom and branded promotional items at all 700 seats.

AWARD ARTWORK UNDERWRITER – $7,500 (ONE SOLD OUT)

Underwrite the cost of commissioning a Colorado artist to design and create an original award artwork for all honorees. Sponsor receives visibility through the award artwork video and on the physical artwork itself.

ENTERTAINMENT UNDERWRITER – $7,500 (ONE SOLD OUT)

Underwrite the cost of four live performances at the event, which may include a local band, a dance group, touring Broadway performance or theatre troupe. Sponsor receives visibility and acknowledgment during the announcement of each new act throughout the event.

VIP RECEPTION UNDERWRITER – $7,500 (TWO AVAILABLE)

Underwrite the cost of the VIP Reception at the Limelight Lounge. Invitees include award honorees, sponsors and Vision Table purchasers. Sponsor gets a speaking opportunity at the reception and helps cover the cost of an exclusive performance.

NETWORKING RECEPTION UNDERWRITER – $5,000 (TWO AVAILABLE)

Underwrite the cost of the Networking Reception in the lobby of the Seawell Ballroom. Sponsors can display a banner and promotional materials at the entrance of the event and help cover the cost of a special lobby performance or art installation.

CONTRIBUTING SPONSOR – $5,000

Receive five tickets (half table) to the event and visibility on all official Awards luncheon promotional materials.

CENTERPIECE UNDERWRITER – $3,000 (ONE AVAILABLE)

Co-brand on original commissioned centerpiece artwork with a Colorado nonprofit arts organization. The centerpieces are placed on all 70 tables in the ballroom.

The sponsorship reservation deadline is November 15. For more information or to receive a customized proposal with benefits, contact Karlie McLaughlin at kmclaughlin@cbca.org

Advertise in the Awards Luncheon Program Book

CBCA’s Business for the Arts Awards luncheon offers business and nonprofit partners significant visibility, as well as targeted exposure and tremendous value with program book advertising space. Click here for more information and pricing.  Ad space confirmation deadline is January 6, 2020

Past Business for the Arts Awards Winners

2019
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

2018
Bellco Credit Union
Cecily Cullen
Dazzle
Delta Dental of Colorado
Downtown Artery
Gensler
Caroline R. Kert
Hal Logan
Kate Perdoni
RTD & City of Aurora
Stanley Marketplace
Xcel Energy

2017
TRG Arts
Jackson Stevens
Sage Hospitality
Tim Schultz
Noble Energy

2016
Share Denver
Will Chan
Crestone Mercantile
Illegal Pete’s
Former Mayor, Bob Murphy

2015
Boulder Digital Arts
General Services Administration
Katie Kruger
Janus Capital Group
Bill Marino

2014
Arrow Electronics
Robert & Judi Newman
AspenPointe
Rakun
Gates Family Foundation

2013
CBS4
Chuck Morris
Denver International Airport
I Heart Denver Store
Newmont Mining Corporation

2012
Aspen Skiing Company
Battery621
Frederic C. Hamilton
The Westin Denver Downtown

2011
First Western Trust Bank
Platte River Ventures
VISIT DENVER
Walter Isenberg

2010
No Awards for CBCA’s 25th Anniversary. Created the John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award

2009
4240 Architecture, Inc.
Cathey Finlon
East West Partners, Riverfront Park
Pinnacol Assurance
Westword Newspaper

2008
Anchor Center for Blind Children
GE Johnson Construction
Company
Kaiser Permanente
ripcord, LLC

2007
Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture
Corporex Colorado & Mile High Development — Museum Residences
Gates Corporation
Gunnison Country Times
Mercy Regional Medical Center

2006
Cleworth Architecural Legacy Project of the Denver
Architectural Foundation
Continuum Partners — Belmar Development
St. Mary Land & Exploration Company
Zeppelin Development — Taxi

2005
Alpine Bank
Ellen Bruss and Mark Falcone
Fine Arts Foundation
JohnstonWells Public Relations
Lockheed Martin
Pinyon Mortgage Corporation

2004
Carol Ann and Gary Hixon
Garlic Mike’s Italian Cuisine
Lowry Foundation
OppenheimerFunds
Pueblo Bank & Trust

2003
Berger Funds
City of Englewood
HealthONE
Jim Copenhaver
JohnstonWells Public Relations

2002
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
Lester “Dusty” Loo
Northern Trust Bank
Starz Encore Group
Wells Fargo

2001
Daily Camera
East West Partners, Riverfront Park
John Hickenlooper, Wynkoop Brewing Company
StorageTek

2000
Brookfield Properties
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Kathryn Paul, Kaiser Permanente
The Denver Post

1999
Downtown Denver’s Courtyard by Marriott
SullivanHayes
Tesser LLC

1998
Colorado National Bank
Penguin Studio Press Inc
The Peak 96.5 FM Radio
The Westin Hotel

1997
Allegro Coffee
Colorado Springs Gazette
Telegraph
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Senn Lewis Visciano & Strahle PC
Target Stores

1996
Boogies Diner, Aspen
Estes Park Trail-Gazette
Public Service Company of Colorado
Syntex Chemicals
The Denver Foundation

1995
Bank One
CW Electronics
INVESCO Funds
Reynelda Muse, KCNC-TV
Denver
Telluride Times-Journal
Wilson/Johnson Creative

1994
Charles M. Schayer & Company
Douglas County Education
Foundation
McClain Finlon Advertising
Minorco USA
NationsWay Transport
Norwest Bank
Silvertree Hotel, Aspen/Snowmass
The Mission Viejo Company
United Airlines

1993
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of
Colorado
First National Bank in Trinidad
The Denver Post
The Little Nell
The Rocky Mountain News
US West

1992
Amoco Production Company
Brooks Brothers
Denver Area Honda Dealers
Association
First National Bank of Wray
Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation

1991
Associated General Contractors of Colorado
AT&T
Fort Collins Coloradoan
Robinson Dairy Inc
US West
West Pines Hospital

1990
Colowyo
Dauer Architects
First Interstate Bank of Denver
Mervyn’s
Newmont Mining Co.
Security Life

1989
Apache Corporation
Continental Airlines
Everitt Companies
Martin Marietta
Phelps Inc
West Pines Hospital

1988
American TV &
Communications Corp
Aspen Skiing Company
Otero Savings, Colorado Springs
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company
Target Stores
Wano/Coors Company Inc