Business for the Arts Awards Luncheon 2016

Jane Chu (Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts) giving keynote address. Photo: Steve Peterson

CBCA announced the winners of the 2016 Business for the Arts Awards at their annual luncheon on March 9. This signature event honored companies and individuals for their exemplary partnerships and engagement with the arts, to a sold-out crowd of 700+ arts, business, and civic leaders at the Seawell Ballroom.

The keynote address was delivered by Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts, marking its 50th anniversary this year.

Guests enjoyed pre-entertainment from Denver Chalk Art Festival and Metropolitan State University of Denver’s The Substitutes Jazz Quartet and the SCFD Polar Bears. Performances from DCPA Theater Company and DeVotchKa, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance and Swallow Hill Music provided inspiring and energetic entertainment during the event.

2016 Business for the Arts Awards Winners and Finalists

Create Award

  • Share Denver – Winner
  • OZ Architecture – Finalist
  • Steel City Art Works – Finalist

Watch the Create Award Finalist Video


EY Next Wave Leadership Award

  • Will Chan – Winner
  • Tara Bardeen – Finalist
  • Deanne Gertner – Finalist

Watch the EY Next Wave Leadership Award Finalist Video


Impact Award

  • Illegal Pete’s – Winner
  • Brookfield – Finalist
  • Saint Joseph Hospital – Finalist

Watch the Impact Award Finalist Video


John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award

  • Former Mayor Bob Murphy – Winner
  • Judy and Newell Grant – Finalist
  • Kimberlee McKee – Finalist

Watch the John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award Finalist Video


Philanthropy Award

  • Crestone Mercantile – Winner
  • Ent Federal Credit Union – Finalist
  • U.S. Bank – Finalist

Watch the Philanthropy Award Finalist Video


2016 Awards Judges

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 Sponsors