Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) advances Colorado's creative economy by connecting business and the arts.
In 1984, Denver developer John Madden, Jr. brought together a distinguished, forward-thinking group of Colorado business leaders who believed in the importance and value of arts and culture. Inspired by David Rockefeller's national Business Committee for the Arts, an organization of business leaders committed to demonstrating corporate social responsibility by supporting the arts formed in 1967, CBCA was created in 1985 with the original mission to educate, motivate and recognize business support for and participation in the arts in Colorado. CBCA remains a successful membership organization of leading Colorado companies and individuals that have a philanthropic commitment to the arts. In 2012, CBCA's mission statement was updated to acknowledge the economic contribution of the arts: "to advance Colorado's creative economy by connecting business and the arts." CBCA is an affiliate of Americans for the Arts.
"Colorado's artistic and cultural vibrancy not only enhances our quality of life, but also helps to attract employees and companies and sparks ingenuity that delivers bottom-line value for business and communities. By promoting the connection between business and the arts, CBCA inspires creative leadership with the bold thinking to foster innovation and success." - John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado and former CBCA Board Chair
"The Aurora Chamber is a strong supporter of CBCA because CBCA provides information and programming that supports and enhances the relationships between businesses and the arts. The Chamber and our Business for the Arts committee appreciate all that CBCA offers to strengthen our community: Their Economic Activity Study provides the statistical backup for the importance and impact of the arts in the community; the Annual Business for the Arts Awards Luncheon highlights businesses and individuals that work with, support, and are leading the future of the cultural and creative community; and The Leadership Arts Program is an incredible, hands-on experience in connecting and convening business and the arts, and fostering business champions for the arts.
Thank you to CBCA for being a champion and leader for the vital relationship between business and the arts!" Employee of Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Leadership arts 2018
"I have been to several of the CBCA events now and I really appreciate your organization and its ability to help show a little of the arts to the business community. I often don't have time to find out what events are going on in a city that really has developed and nurtured the arts, so your periodic emails and free tickets really help me get out and appreciate the culture that Denver has to offer." - Employee of United Launch Alliance
"We had a great time! It's inspiring to see other artists' creative minds at work and bring that inspiration back into my own art, business and life." - Employee of Ligature Creative Group and Leadership Arts 2015
"I thoroughly enjoyed the structure of the program and came out of it feeling much more prepared to take on a role on a non-profit arts board. By way of update, I initially pursued several different options and ended up evaluating in more detail four potential organizations (Sound of the Rockies, Phamaly Theatre, Inside Opera Colorado, and Colorado Children's Chorale). I found all of them to be very worthy organizations and felt that each would be a place that I could potentially add value.
I am happy to report that as of today, I have been elected (and have accepted the offer) to join the boards of both Phamaly Theatre and Inside Opera Colorado. I feel that I will be able to make a meaningful impact on both of these organizations and look forward to engaging much more deeply into the Denver arts scene through these organizations. Thanks again for offering such a great program to train us, but also connect us directly with such great organizations through the Board fair." - Employee of Summit Utilities, Leadership Arts 2017
"The Leadership Arts Alumni Network and their events are a wonderful way for my partner and I to remain engaged in the arts community in Denver and network with the wonderful people involved in CBCA. The venues are unique, the food and drinks are excellent, and the company even better. Overall, the events are a fabulous way to spend a couple of hours after work supporting the arts in Colorado." - Employee of Holland & Hart and Leadership Arts 2016
"I can't thank you enough for a wonderful behind the scenes look at the Denver Chalk Art Festival. It's of course wonderful to be able to take in the art itself, but to be able to hear directly from the artist's perspective and to be able to learn about the origins of the art form really brings it all to life! It was also a great opportunity to put ourselves in the shoes of an artist and explore the chalk art hands on. I was able to bring my daughter with me, and I know this only enhanced her love of the arts. What a great experience for her to be an artist herself that morning! Thank you for an engaging and memorable morning." - Employee of EY
"Thanks, so much, for the opportunity to attend the dress rehearsal of the "Magic Flute." From the introduction in the lobby, to the preparation for the performance itself, the experience was amazing! Not only did we get to see a first-class production of Mozart's last opera, but we gained a true appreciation for the effort that goes into preparing for and staging a production of that magnitude. Truly incredible! Thanks again for the opportunity!" - Employee of United Launch Alliance
"Leadership Arts taught me more about the arts community in Denver, prepared me to be a more effective arts advocate, and importantly gave me the confidence and skills to serve on a nonprofit board. I currently serve on the board of Athena Project Arts, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering women and girls in the arts, and I helped found and now serve of the board of Union Hall, a cultural community partner aiming to advance opportunities for emerging artists and creatives. As a board member, I have been able to leverage my business skills to help support these organizations and I have also had the opportunity to meet some amazing members of the cultural community in Denver." - Employee of East West Partners and Leadership Arts Class 2017
"The Newman Center truly values its membership and partnership with CBCA. We've hosted a number of events for the Leadership Arts Alumni Network and a 'Night at…' event for fellow members. These events were great ways to introduce the community to our programming. We received extremely positive feedback and we can't wait to host another event. Our staff has also benefited from CBCA professional development and the board fair. CBCA has truly been an invaluable resources for us." - Employee of the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, University of Denver
"I am an artist and educator. I have been wanting to create a website, gallery, book, and videos to share the creative knowledge I have acquired over the year. I was assigned a wonderful lawyer through CBCA's Colorado Attorneys for the Arts. My volunteer attorney was very professional and helpful during this creative process. She met with me personally, then provided the appropriate documents I would need in order to protect my creative endeavors. I very much appreciate my volunteer attorney's professionalism, knowledge, and genuine interest in helping me protect my interests. This community service is a great help to creative individuals who cannot afford legal advice when they want to go public. I highly recommend that artists look into this professional service when they are ready to expand into the business world. I feel so much more relaxed knowing that I am doing things correctly and someone is looking out for my interests. Thank you CBCA! Much appreciated!" - Visual Artist (Longmont, CO)