2011 CBCA Business for the Arts Awards Finalists Announced

2011 CBCA Business for the Arts Awards Finalists Announced

Susan Beyda - February 9, 2011

Denver, CO - Successful companies recognize that arts involvement has a positive impact on business people, company culture and performance. Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) honors businesses and leaders for their exemplary partnerships and engagement with the arts at the 24th annual CBCA Business for the Arts Awards luncheon. The event is to be held Thursday, March 17, 2011, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm in the Donald Seawell Grand Ballroom, at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. CBCA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that serves as a catalyst for Colorado’s business community to leverage the arts for economic vitality.

Entertainment will be provided by the Children’s Museum of Denver, Colorado Ballet, Colorado Railroad Museum, Denver Center Attractions, Marta Burton & Co, Stephen Brackett of Flobots.org and The Playground Ensemble. Over 600 business, cultural and civic leaders are expected to attend this arts-infused celebration.

2011 Business for the Arts Awards Finalists
Winners will be selected in the following four categories from twelve finalists:

Impact Award highlights innovative use of the arts to propel business strategies and success
• BetterWall - for the creative re-use and recycling of art museum exhibition street banners that includes the donation of a portion of business proceeds back to each participating museum
• DazzleJazz - for their creation of a world-class venue for top jazz performers and for their extensive support of local musicians, music and community programs
• VISIT DENVER - for Denver Arts Week, an annual collaborative celebration of arts and culture, designed to boost local and national awareness of Denver and generate new audiences for cultural attractions

John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award recognizes a business sector individual who has made significant contributions to advancing arts and culture in Colorado
• Walter Isenberg - for his integral involvement in the creation of the Denver Theater District, Concerts for Kids and personal passion for the arts
• Denise Sanderson - for her extensive arts community service and her long-term service to the Colorado Ballet
• Edward d. “Ted” White - for his contributions to Denver's Biennial of the Americas and The Boettcher Foundation's state-wise Cultural Leadership Program

Philanthropy Award honors exemplary corporate citizenship and generosity to arts and cultural projects and organizations
• Bellco Credit Union - for their philanthropic support of arts, cultural and recreation programs that are important to their members
• First Western Trust Bank - for their locally-oriented financial and volunteer sponsorship of a variety of arts and cultural organizations
• Lockheed Martin - for philanthropic giving to arts organizations and school programs committed to stimulating young people's minds

Workspace Award pays tribute to an exceptional work environment that advances business objectives
• Platte River Ventures - for the complete renovation of a 1960s Modernist office space, featuring a private art collection, in Cherry Creek
• Urban Villages, Inc. - for the creation of a unique shared office space at 1555 Blake Street in Denver's building known as "The Sugar Cube"
• Western Jubilee Recording Company - for the integration of cowboy art, antiques and collectibles into their centaury-old railroad storage warehouse offices and recording studio in Colorado Springs

The distinguished judging panel for the 2011 Business for the Arts Awards is comprised of the following business and cultural leaders:

• Kelly Brough, President and CEO, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
• Cathey Finlon, President, Denver Art Museum
• John Madden, Jr., Chairman and CEO, John Madden Company
• José Mercado, Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre, Film and Video Production, University of Colorado - Denver
• Maren Stewart, President and CEO, LiveWell Colorado

In addition to presenting sponsor John Madden Company and lead sponsors Ernst & Young and Pinnacol Assurance, additional sponsors of the 2011 Business for the Arts Awards include Delta Dental, GE Johnson Construction Company , Kaiser Permanente, The Publishing House, ColoradoBIZ Magazine and The Denver Post Community.

CBCA commissioned Colorado artist Amy Metier to create unique prints which will be awarded to each winner. Additional information about Metier is available at www.amymetier.com. She is represented by William Havu Gallery in Denver.

Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) is a catalyst for Colorado’s business community to leverage the arts for economic vitality. CBCA is a member organization of leading companies that have a philanthropic commitment to the arts and recognize the link between cultural vitality and creative and innovative success. Over 130 metro area businesses, representing 75,000 employees, are members of CBCA. Established in 1985 by local business leaders, CBCA is now an affiliate of Americans for the Arts and formerly of the National Business Committee for the Arts founded by David Rockefeller in 1967. CBCA is a proud recipient of the Denver 2010 Mayors’ Award for Excellence in the Arts. www.cbca.org

For photos or information contact:
Susan Beyda
CBCA Membership and Communications Director
303-282-5129
sbeyda@cbca.org

Additional information about the 2011 Business for the Arts Awards and Finalists:

Impact
It is not always the most money, people or time spent that have the greatest effect on business success. It can be a creative idea at the right time, innovative strategies, good design, effective communication or establishing community partnerships to benefit the company, employees and others. The Impact Award highlights 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.

Finalists
• BetterWall is a Denver-based business founded on the principles that art and good design play an important role in making life more fulfilling and enjoyable and that communities want to play a part in protecting the environment. BetterWall partners with 31 top art museums all across the country helping them reduce the waste created by tons of vinyl banners and creating a valuable afterlife for used exhibition street banners. BetterWall sells the vinyl banners as limited-edition wall art and gives a portion of the proceeds of each banner sold to the participating museum. The Recycle and Reuse Program™ is free to museums and is fully self-sustaining.

• DazzleJazz has a world-class reputation as an intimate and authentic jazz club featuring top local, national and international musicians. The restaurant and lounge feature live music performances seven nights a week. DazzleJazz also lends its support to many community organizations, over 30 colleges, junior and high schools, jazz89 KUVO, The Gift of Jazz, Five Points Jazz Festival, Vail Jazz Festival, Denver Jazz Festival and the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra in their efforts to preserve, educate and perform one of America’s only original art forms. Dazzle Recordings record label financially supports and enables young, talented, local musicians to record, print and distribute their work.

• VISIT DENVER, The Convention and Visitors Bureau created Denver Arts Week in 2006, a week-long annual celebration and collaborative promotion of arts and culture. It is designed to highlight the wide variety of arts available in Denver metro area, boost local, regional and national awareness of Denver’s cultural scene and generate new audiences for theatres, galleries and a diverse array of cultural attractions. In 2010, over 292 events were offered by 184 organizations representing visual arts, theatre, dance, music, film, literature, science and more. Exhibitions, demonstrations, discounts, educational seminars, lectures, tours and children’s activities were among the offerings.

John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award
Individuals at all levels often inspire corporate and business participation in arts and culture. Their influence is felt in a company culture that values the arts, whether it is through philanthropy, corporate collecting, volunteer programs, arts advocacy or many other activities. Whether the individual is currently working or has since retired, s/he has left an impression and served as a positive role model for those who succeed them. The John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award, named after CBCA’s Founding Chairman, recognizes a business sector individual who has made significant contributions to advancing arts and culture in Colorado.

Finalists
• Walter Isenberg ‘s personal passion for the arts is reflected in his years of community involvement and in his drive to incorporate art at Sage Hospitality’s hotels where he is Co-Founder, President & CEO. Most recently, Walter has been integral to the establishment of the Denver Theatre District (DTD), a nonprofit created to enhance downtown Denver through public art investment, city and regional art and cultural programs. In 2004, Walter and his wife, Christie, co-founded Concerts for Kids, a nonprofit which helps support more than 40 child-focused organizations annually and has distributed over $1.2 million in monetary and in-kind donations.

• Denise Sanderson has demonstrated great leadership in all her roles at the Colorado Ballet during the past 13 years. In 2009, while serving as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, she volunteered to take on the role of Acting Executive Director and led Colorado Ballet’s complete business restructuring. Denise’s determination enabled Colorado Ballet to stabilize its finances, increase both the administrative and artistic staff’s morale and communicate Colorado Ballet’s situation to its many stakeholders during one of the toughest times in their history. Denise also works to support St. Anne’s Episcopal and East High Schools, Junior Symphony Guild, Denver Ballet Guild and Central City Opera.

• Edward D. “Ted” White is a driving force behind Denver’s Biennial of the Americas, a month-long celebration of the culture, ideas and people of the 35 countries of the Western Hemisphere, first held in July 2010.Ted and the Biennial Board oversaw the event which included arts programming at 40 venues throughout Colorado. Ted’s firm, Moye White LLP, donated over $150,000 in pro bono legal services to the Biennial. In his role as Chairman of the Boettcher Foundation, Ted played a key role in the launch of the Cultural Leadership Program, a statewide effort to educate and assist cultural leaders. Ted has also served on the Board of Trustees of many community nonprofits, including Denver Botanic Gardens.

Philanthropy
Corporate philanthropic support is critical to sustain arts and culture, the cornerstone of community vitality. Commitment to the arts supports a wide variety of community priorities including economic development, education and quality of life. At the same time, charitable giving generates goodwill and adds value to business enterprises. The Philanthropy Award honors exemplary corporate citizenship and generosity to arts and cultural projects and organizations.

Finalists
• Bellco Credit Union has actively supported programs in arts, recreation and culture that are locally-based and important to their members since 1936. They champion both large and small organizations, from Denver Botanic Gardens to Denver Film Society to the Colorado Irish Festival to local school art and music programs. Bellco focuses much of its support on lesser-known and smaller programs in order to make an impact at the neighborhood level. The company not only contributes sponsorship funds, but also encourages individual employees to donate time and expertise to local nonprofits. In 2010, Bellco supported over 160 community events to over 120 nonprofit organizations.

• First Western Trust Bank recognizes that investment in the arts fosters the diverse culture and vibrant community for which Denver and Colorado are known and supports cultural institutions, both financially and through volunteerism, with the goal of expanding access to and participation in the arts in ways that will span generations. Some of First Western’s strongest relationships are with Central City Opera, Fort Collins Symphony, Bas Bleu Theater Company, Discovery Science Center Fort Collins, Graland Country Day School and the Denver Art Museum through Salon du Musée. First Western has a corporate art collection featuring contemporary artists of the American West.

• Lockheed Martin is committed to a variety of local arts philanthropy which stimulates young people’s minds to think and be creative because creative education is fundamental to a strong community. Lockheed Martin has been a 20 year sponsor of Imagination Celebration programs in Colorado Springs, including Family Festival Day which offers families of all socioeconomic levels the chance to experience free professional dance, theater and instrumental and choral music. Lockheed Martin’s financial and volunteer support of other regional arts groups includes the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the Colorado Symphony’s Youth Education Series.

Workspace
The physical environment in which people work influences employee and business prosperity. Through architecture, interior design, space planning, art collections or individual efforts, workspace can foster employee creativity, innovation and morale. Well designed workspace also communicates corporate mission, identity and style to clients and the community. The Workspace Award pays tribute to an exceptional work environment that advances business objectives.

Finalists
• Platte River Ventures, a private equity investment firm in Denver, was founded in 2005 by Managing Director, J. Landis Martin. During the complete renovation of their 1960s Cherry Creek office building, architects were directed to design a functional space where architecture, art, furniture, lighting, technology and high quality materials are seamlessly integrated into a traditional office environment. Martin, appreciating the value of art in the workplace, also required significant thought be given to featuring pieces from his private art collection, including notable artists such as Morris Lewis, Helen Frankenthaler and Agnes Martin.

• Urban Villages, Inc. believe that their shared office space is an extension of the thoughtful, detail-oriented, long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing philosophy they use in creating real estate projects to better the world. Employees at Urban Villages gather around large work tables rather than at desks or in cubicles, which they report promotes flexibility and collaboration and inspires them to think differently when approaching projects. The modern, sophisticated and natural work environment is built with minimal finishes, tall ceilings, concrete floors and glass panels. It features works of modern and abstract art, custom-built furniture and trees and planters.

• Western Jubilee Recording Company (Scott O’Mally & Associates) took a century-old railroad storage warehouse in Colorado Springs and transformed it into a veritable museum of priceless memorabilia from America’s past. The offices and recording studio feature quilts, highway signs, college pennants, musical instruments, antiques and many other collectibles aligned with the company’s focus to preserve and highlight our country’s pioneer heritage and cowboy culture. Western Jubilee records cowboy musicians and poets and welcomes the community to join them in their 100-seat performance area for casual concerts when artists are passing through town.

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