I Heart Denver among the 2013 Business for the Arts Awards winners

The Colorado Business Committee for the Arts just announced the winners of its 2013 Business for the Arts Awards at a sold-out luncheon at the Seawell Ballroom. "Congratulations to the arts and business leaders recognized today," Governor John Hickenlooper told the crowd of crowd of arts, business and civic leaders. "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."

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And the winners are:

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2013 Business for the Arts Awards Winners

Create Award (new in 2012) Acknowledges an outstanding, for-profit creative business that has made a significant impact on Colorado's creative economy Winner: I Heart Denver Store for its innovative retail model featuring locally-designed goods from the best of Colorado's creative sector. Finalists: NINE dot ARTS, Zeppelin Development

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 Winner: Denver International Airport for the DIA Art & Culture Program, which elevates the airport experience while highlighting Colorado's cultural communities. Finalists: SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at Metro State, United Launch Alliance

John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award Recognizes a business sector individual who has made significant contributions to advancing arts and culture in Colorado Winner: Chuck Morris for his support of Colorado's music community by attracting world-class acts, building exceptional venues, and supporting local artists and nonprofits. Finalists: Raydean Acevedo, Amy Cara

Philanthropy Award Honors exemplary corporate citizenship and generosity to arts and cultural projects and organizations Winner: CBS4 for its financial, in-kind, and editorial contributions to the arts that have raised cultural awareness for over twenty years. Finalists: KeyBank, Wells Fargo

Workspace Award Pays tribute to an exceptional work environment that advances business objectives Winner: Newmont Mining Corporation for using art to strategically display its global presence while highlighting international connectivity in its newly expanded corporate offices. Finalists:Cactus, Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell

The judging panel for the 2013 Business for the Arts Awards: Laura Love, founder of GroundFloor Media; Kent Rice, executive director of Denver Arts & Venues; Dean Sobel, director of the Clyfford Still Museum; Elaine Torres, director of Community Affairs for CBS4; Ellen Winkler of Wink Inc. The winners each received prints by Colorado artists Theresa Haberkorn, Mark Lunning, Jim Milmoe and Tony Ortega, which are part of CBCA's PrintFolio project, an initiative of CBCA's Leadership Arts Alumni Network.

For more information on the awards and Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, go to www.cbca.org.

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