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. Meanwhile, in 1986, Colorado's Governor Richard Lamm cited a need to increase business support for the arts in Colorado, so CBCA's incorporation came at an opportune time. CBCA remains a successful membership organization of leading Colorado companies and individuals that have a philanthropic commitment to the arts.
"I appreciated the chance to attend CBCA's Night At… Museo de las Americas. This event enabled by husband and I to have an impromptu mid-week date. As a transplant to Denver, the exhibit gave me insight into the history of the Chicano presence here and the generations who have helped shape the culture of the region. I learned a shocking piece of history that I never knew of [the Zoot Suit riots] and I always appreciate being able to educate myself, particularly about silenced social injustices. The evening also inspired my husband, who is an artist. Thanks for this opportunity to explore this cultural gem." - Kim Rebecca-Murray, Senior Team Manager, Organizational Risk Management, Schwab Charitable
"The arts are an important part of our society. Through CBCA, I've learned about so many different cultural organizations. I've been able to engage in them firsthand and share those memorable experiences with my friends and family, including my grandchildren. The best way to keep the arts alive is talk about it, see it, experience it and share it with our friends, neighbors and our elected officials. CBCA brings awareness to our region's artistic community and provides numerous ways for people to get involved." - Catherine Parks, Nurse Case Manager, Pinnacol Assurance
"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." - Kendra Whitlock Ingram, Executive Director, Newman Center for the Performing Arts, University of Denver
"It was an awesome experience to perform at CBCA's Business for the Arts Awards Luncheon. We continue to hear from people who saw us at that event. So many good things (projects, connections and feedback) have come out of that single gig. The exposure we received was invaluable. It makes us feel happy that, when we were given the opportunity to perform and partner with CBCA, we showed up and shined." - Miguel Avina, iZCALLi
"Bellco Credit Union has been dedicated to supporting arts and culture in the region for many years. CBCA's Business for the Arts Award affirmed that commitment. We are proud to stand out as an exemplary corporate partner for the arts. Investment in the arts, particularly from private business, enhances the quality of life for our community." - John Rivera, SVP/Chief Retail Officer, Bellco Credit Union
"Receiving the CBCA Business for the Arts Award elevated Stanley Marketplace as a creative hub - more than just a place to eat, drink and, shop. We are committed to partnering with local arts groups and supporting local businesses. It was an honor to be recognized by CBCA and be among such a diverse and impressive group of companies." - Bryant Palmer, Chief Storyteller, Stanley Marketplace
"To paraphrase a saying I've heard, the more you learn, the more you realize there's so much you don't know. I experienced this in so many ways through the Leadership Arts program. From organizations that I wasn't are of, to Creative Arts Districts that jewel the state, to the intricacies of what it means to be on a Board and help steer wonderful organizations, every week provided great learning and opened my eyes and mind. I know that I've leveraged some of my learning within my organization, and I've become more confident in my perception of being on a board and being an advocate for arts and culture in Denver." - Eric Godoy, Community Programs Coordinator, Denver Museum of Nature & Science
"Leadership Arts was an amazing program. I met so many interesting and diverse professionals, many of whom I've stayed connected with after the program. It gave me a better understanding of Denver's arts and music scene. It also introduced me to many nonprofit cultural spaces in our community." - Thanh Nguyen, VP Private Wealth Banker, BOK Financial
"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." - Katie Blum, Director, Acquisitions, East West Partners and board member, Athena Project Arts and Union Hall
"CAFTA provides a necessary service to the arts community. Artists in our community are often unable to budget full price legal fees, are facing emergency situations that threaten their livelihood, or need simple advice on how to protect their revenue streams. Attorneys who accept CAFTA referrals walk the talk by truly supporting creatives in our community. I'm proud to be part of that network." - Caroline Kert, Attorney, Feldmann Nagel Margulis and 2018 Volunteer Attorney of the Year
CAFTA was essential in helping our startup launch, as we would not have had the resources to do it ourselves. Because of CAFTA we have been able to launch our startup and serve multiple artists throughout Colorado and nationwide with artist development and music recording and production services. We have also kept our CAFTA lawyer on long term on a paid basis. Couldn't ask for anything better than what CAFTA provides for creative businesses and entrepreneurs." -Emily Satterlee, ItyDity
"Working with CBCA was crucial in fulfilling one of our goals of offering meaningful content for our creatives in our community. Opportunities to learn information around legal issues such as copyright law and contracts brought much needed education to our community. The speaker was fantastic and made it understandable. We hope to work with CBCA every year!" - Amy Kimberly, Executive Director, Carbondale Arts
"The CBCA's Economic Activity Study is a valuable resource to demonstrate the collective impact of the arts in our region. The report is clear, concise and easy to share with city council members, supporters, and stakeholders. Not only is CBCA advocating on behalf of cultural organizations like DAVA, but the data in this report helps us tell our unique piece of that story." - Krista Robinson, Executive Director, Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA)