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Colorado Business Committee for the Arts

As an advocate, authority, convener and connector, CBCA advances Colorado's quality of life by growing cultural capital and validating the economic impact of the arts. This work is accomplished through arts engagement, advocacy, research, training and volunteerism.

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Arts + Industry Forum

Class

Community, Business & Industry 

Beneficiaries

Adults

Description

Arts + Industry Forums explore issues and ideas surrounding the intersection of arts and business. Forums are a meeting ground for new ideas, conversation and connections. These engaging discovery sessions brings together experts and stakeholders from a variety of arts and business sectors. By fostering a community dialogue, these forums expose our constituents to timely issues, opportunities and raises awareness on how arts interact and influence specific industries.

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Behind the Scenes

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified
Adults

Description

Behind the Scenes takes CBCA Patron Member companies and their employees inside cultural organizations, projects and facilities. These events have included tours of private collections, Central City Opera, cultural facilities under construction, glass blowing, alternative films and even a live recording session. Behind the Scenes events are two times a year.

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Evidence of Program's Success

CBCA has provided complimentary Behind the Scenes cultural experiences to almost 3,000 people over the years. In 2015 alone, CBCA brought 150 people to a piano rehearsal of Opera Colorado's "Magic Flute" at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House; and hosted a VIP breakfast for another 150 people at the Denver Chalk Art Festival, co-presented with Larimer Arts Association and Cirque du Soleil. In July, 2017 50 individuals were treated to a private dinner reception and Carmen at the Central City Opera Theatre.

Leadership Arts Alumni Network

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

Graduation from in Leadership Arts automatically enrolls you in the Leadership Arts Alumni Network (LAAN), which offers a quarterly event series, networking with other leaders, exclusive access to cultural venues and leaders, and ongoing board education. In 2015, LAAN introduced the Cultural Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding alumni of CBCA's Leadership Arts program who have made a significant impact on arts & culture in Colorado through a personal commitment to the arts. In 2016, LAAN offers a subscription package to register for all four quarterly events in the year. In addition, alumni are invited back to take a "refresher" class along with the current Leadership Arts participants. Now in 2017, the interest in the program has grown significantly and in Spring 2017 LAAN launched its quarterly e-newsletter highlighting alumni involvement, arts volunteering and advocacy opportunities.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Alumni hail from all business sectors: banking, insurance, legal, healthcare. They are public officials, nonprofit professionals, arts enthusiasts and rocket scientists. Not only do they share an interest in the arts, they are growing group of civic leaders.

The results of our event participation survey were glowing. Every single respondent felt they were getting value for their ticket. They liked our unique venues and opportunities to connect with each other and CBCA. We launched our subscription package in 2016 with 34 subscribers, a solid start, and continue to see new faces and growing attendance at each event. We are seeing more activity on our social media pages. The 2017 events have ranged from the Colorado Ballet to viewing the private Dikeou collection to the remarkable Vasily Konovalenko gem sculptures on public display at the Museum of Nature and Science, and Director Lynne Collins giving a talk about Arvada Centers' regional premiere of The Drowning Girls, based on a true story and one of the first cases to use CSI techniques to convict a serial killer in 1915.

LAAN is stewarded entirely by volunteers. Their enthusiasm is a key success indicator, because they are dedicating their time to advance this program for their peers.

Colorado Attorneys for the Arts

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

Colorado Attorneys for the Arts (CAFTA) is a new legal referral service for low-income artists and creative entities to receive pro bono legal assistance on arts-related matters. This type of support is critical to professional success for most emerging creatives. CAFTA also provides a unique pro bono opportunity for lawyers looking to make a positive impact on the community. CAFTA launched statewide in October, 2015 and continue to have a 100% referral rate.

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Evidence of Program's Success

To date, CAFTA has grown its attorney pro bono database and has a 100% referral rate for eligible applications. Our volunteer attorney database continues to grow steadily. Word is spreading about this valuable resource, as we consistently receive inquiries for assistance and applications for legal referral. In addition, we are developing our educational offerings to reach more even people and quickly growing the pro bono assistance program statewide gaining publicity and recognition.

Leadership Arts

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
General Public/Unspecified

Description

Leadership Arts is an annual nine-month leadership training program that prepares people to serve on nonprofit boards of directors and increase their civic engagement in the arts. Leadership Arts educates, inspires and equips professionals from all sectors to be effective community leaders. It is the only program of its kind in the region focused on arts & culture.

The program meets monthly from September through May. Each session is hosted at a different cultural venue and focuses on specific topic, such as strategic planning, advocacy, governance, fundraising, legal stewardship and current issues in the arts. Guest speakers are subject matter experts, arts leaders and business professionals. The final Leadership Arts session each year is our Board Fair, attended by over 50 cultural nonprofits from across the metro area with opportunities for board service and volunteerism. The cohort is composed of 55 individual with diverse personal and professional backgrounds.

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Evidence of Program's Success

"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 businesses 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

Over 750 people have graduated from CBCA's Leadership Arts program. Graduates currently serve on such boards as Central City Opera, Curious Theatre Company, Colorado Ballet, MCA Denver, PlatteForum, Think 360 Arts, Stories on Stage, Colorado Railroad Museum, Phamaly Theatre Company, Wonderbound, Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, and many more. Over 350 Denver-area companies have enrolled their employees in Leadership Arts. These companies help build a dynamic arts community through their philanthropic support. Many of them continue to enroll three or people in the program year after year.

For the second year, the Leadership Arts curriculum focused an entire session on Colorado's creative districts. Hosted at 40 West Arts, the class heard from the leaders of RiNo and 40 West Creative Districts, as well as a panel of local artists and business owners.

Economic Activity Study of Metro Denver Culture

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

CBCA's Economic Activity Study of Denver Metro Culture documents the over $1.8 billion annual economic and social impact of the arts for 2016. CBCA, working with DualDraw, EY and Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), assembles biennial data on the impact of cultural activity in the greater Denver economic community, including employment, operating and capital expenditures, resident and tourist attendance, philanthropy and educational outreach.

The 2018 Economic Activity Study will be released early November 1, 2018 at an exciting, entertainment-filled event.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Findings from CBCA's Economic Activity study have been used by Colorado's Governor John Hickenlooper, the SCFD, The Denver Post, CBS4, numerous arts & cultural organizations, multiple chambers of commerce, community developers and VISIT DENVER. Over 20 Economic Actively Study presentations have been made to local business chambers, nonprofit arts organziations Boards of Directors and a variety of business metro businesses.

Business for the Arts Awards

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

The Business for the Arts Awards salutes businesses and business leaders that leverage the arts for innovative and creative success through an inspiring and arts-infused annual awards luncheon attended by over 750 key business, cultural, and civic leaders. It hails the only business luncheon infused with creative and talented cultural performances.
The 2019 Awards Luncheon will be held in early Spring of 2019.

Create Award
Creative industries shape Colorado's economy and contribute to the cultural fabric of our state. The Create Award acknowledges an outstanding, for-profit creative business that has made a significant impact on Colorado's creative economy.

Impact Award
Companies are thinking differently about how to build their competitive advantage and meet business goals. 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.

John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award
Individuals at all levels often inspire corporate and business participation in arts and culture. Named for CBCA's founding chairman, the John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award recognizes a business sector individual who has made significant contributions to advancing arts and culture in Colorado.

Next Wave Leadership Award
The next generation of business leaders is already making waves and shaping the future of our state. Through their volunteer roles, philanthropy, and innovative partnerships, these individuals are taking a fresh approach to Colorado's creative vitality.

Philanthropy Award
Corporate philanthropic support is critical to sustain arts and culture, the cornerstone of community vitality. The Philanthropy Award honors exemplary corporate citizenship and generosity to arts and cultural projects and organizations.

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Evidence of Program's Success

CBCA has seen results from the Awards luncheon with the finalist companies who receive positive feedback and goodwill from the community. For example, following Bill Marino receiving the John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award in 2015 for this work in the 40 West Arts District, the Lakewood City Council approved funds to support artist live/work housing development in this creative corridor. .
Other recipients of the 2017 Awards were TRG Arts (Colorado Springs), Sage Hospitality, Noble Energy and Tim Schultz.

"Wow! What an amazing luncheon. I would say I loved the videos on all of the awards finalist, but I also loved all of the live performances as well. The girl scout skit and the Mudra Dance Studio performance were my favorites but I also enjoyed the Denver Young Artist Orchestra as well." Denver Business Leader, 2017

Night At...

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

Night At... distributes complimentary tickets to unique arts & cultural events to all member companies and their employees. CBCA's Night At... program encourages cultural and community involvement by providing members and their families regular opportunities and exposure to a diverse variety of disciplines & organizations. Night At... events occur every month. Examples of past events include: Colorado Ballet Masterworks, Mi Tierra at the Denver Art Museum, Lone Tree Arts Center, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Denver Botanic Gardens, Phamaly Theatre Company, Denver Zoo, and a children's theater production, Junie B. Jones, The Musical, at the Arvada Center.

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Evidence of Program's Success

By hosting monthly CBCA member events to experience exciting performances and visual displays at a variety of venues, our members and their guests are exposed to the rich arts and cultural life in Colorado. During 2016-2017, almost 2,000 individuals discovered the arts during 10 programs, ranging from a dress rehearsal of Colorado Ballet to a curated concert of local musicians at the Mercury Cafe. These experiences are free to employees of CBCA Member companies, as way to make the arts more accessible and help cultural institutions build new audiences.

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