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The economic impact of the arts exemplified in 2017 [VIDEO]

CBCA's 2017 Impact Awards highlight innovative uses of the arts to propel business and partnerships


The Colorado Business Committee for the Arts gathered and highlighted organizations and spirited individuals throughout the state for its 2017 Business for the Arts Awards.

The honors included the:

The IMPACT Award rounded up organizations whose innovative use of the arts has propelled their businesses forward, engaged their employees and fostered partnerships between companies and cultural contributors in the community.

Finalists included:

Calling the arts "personally inspiring," Denver Metro Chamber President Kelly Brough described the "true economic impact" of artistic contributions. In a recent remodel of their headquarters in Lower Downtown, the Chamber curated a photography collection with themes of the west and innovation proudly illustrated for the staff and roughly 40,000 visitors who come through the building each year.

Fort Collins' original craft brewery, New Belgium was selected as a finalist for "integrating the arts to personify their brand and community engagement," while Sage Hospitality was recognized for their concerted effort to invest roughly $1 million annually in original artworks for their hotels. Sage works with NINE dot ARTS, a Denver-based design advisor for businesses. 

Now, take a look at the 2017 CBCA Impact Award finalists:


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Gigi Sukin

Gigi Sukin is digital editor at ColoradoBiz. She can be reached at gsukin@cobizmag.com.

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