The Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) has announced the winners of the 2013 Business for the Arts Awards, Colorado’s signature event honoring companies and individuals for their exemplary partnerships and engagement with the arts, to a sold-out crowd of arts, business, and civic leaders at the Seawell Grand Ballroom this afternoon.
“Congratulations to the arts and business leaders recognized today,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said. “Colorado is known for its craft breweries, galleries and world-class entertainment venues. Our creative industries create jobs, foster innovation, help to drive our economy and enhance the lives of all Coloradans.”
“The arts support the economic foundation of our City and impact each and every Denver citizen, both directly and indirectly,” Mayor Hancock said. “In 2011, our area’s art community contributed $1.76 billion in economic activity, including growth in jobs, volunteering and economic impact. These figures prove the important and necessary role arts and culture play in Denver as we move forward.”
“When arts and business partner, we see increased vitality, civic engagement, and innovation. The whole community benefits,” Deborah Jordy, Executive Director, CBCA said.
The following five winners were chosen from fifteen finalists:
Create Award (new in 2012) acknowledges an outstanding, for-profit creative business that has made a significant impact on Colorado’s creative economy
- I Heart Denver Store for its innovative retail model featuring locally-designed goods from the best of Colorado’s creative sector
Impact Award highlights the innovative use of the arts to propel business success, programs that engage employees with creativity and other community activities that support arts and business partnerships
- Denver International Airport for the DIA Art & Culture Program, which elevates the airport experience while highlighting Colorado’s cultural communities
John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award recognizes a business sector individual who has made significant contributions to advancing arts and culture in Colorado
- Chuck Morris for his support of Colorado’s music community by attracting world-class acts, building exceptional venues, and supporting local artists and nonprofits
Philanthropy Award honors exemplary corporate citizenship and generosity to arts and cultural projects and organizations
- CBS4 for its financial, in-kind, and editorial contributions to the arts that have raised cultural awareness for over twenty years
Workspace Award pays tribute to an exceptional work environment that advances business objectives
- Newmont Mining Corporation for using art to strategically display its global presence while highlighting international connectivity in its newly expanded corporate offices
The distinguished judging panel for the 2013 Business for the Arts Awards consisted of:
- Laura Love, Founder, GroundFloor Media
- Kent Rice, Executive Director, Denver Arts & Venues
- Dean Sobel, Director, Clyfford Still Museum
- Elaine Torres, Director, Community Affairs, CBS4
- Ellen Winkler, Owner, Wink Inc.
Lead sponsors for the event were Ernst & Young and Pinnacol Assurance. Additional sponsors of the 2013 Business for the Arts Awards included Delta Dental of Colorado, Denver Arts & Venues, Kaiser Permanente, GE Johnson Construction Company, John Madden Company, Snell & Wilmer, The Publishing House, CBS4, ColoradoBiz Magazine and The Denver Post Community.
Congratulations to all winners and nominees!