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CBCA: 15th Annual Business in the Arts Awards.

THE COLORADO BUSINESS COMMITTEE FOR THE ARTS AND KPMG LLP CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO THE 15TH ANNUAL BUSINESS IN THE ARTS AWARDS LUNCHEON.

THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2002 * 11:30AM - 1:00PM * DONALD R. SEAWELL GRAND BALLROOM * THE DENVER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Whether through display of art, educational and volunteer outreach, or financial support, Colorado's corporate culture places a high value on supporting programs in the arts. The Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA), founded in 1984 by Coiorado business leaders, encourages and enhances this support. CBCA is one of nine affiliates of the national Business Committee for the Arts established by David Rockefeller in 1967. Each year, CBCA recognizes and awards Colorado businesses that have demonstrated exceptional support and partnership with the arts.

The 2002 Business in the Arts Award winners:

SMALL BUSINESS WINNER NORTHERN TRUST BANK

Northern Trust Bank of Colorado's two core businesses, personal financial services and corporate and institutional services, depend on the vitality of the communities in which their offices are located. Northern Trust Bank's support of arts organizations has been a priority in terms of philanthropic and marketing dollars. Throughout the past year, the bank hosted unique events for clients and potential clients to support community organizations, while reinforcing their commitment to personal relationships. One of their major arts commitments is the continuing sponsorship of the Denver Art Museum's Associate Luncheons. This type of support epitomizes the win-win" aspect of business/arts partnerships and is indicative of Northern Trust Bank of Colorado's focus on the arts as a means for meeting business objectives, as well as for contributing to organizations that employees and clients support.

Other cultural organizations that have received financial support from Northern Trust Bank of Colorado include: ArtReach, Central City Opera, Colorado Symphony, Historic Denver, Inc., Mizel Museum of Judica, Opera Colorado, Theatre in the Park, and Young Audiences.

MEDIUM BUSINESS WINNER STARZ ENCORE GROUP, LLC

Starz Encore Group supports the arts and other nonprofit organizations in Colorado because of their strong commitment to sustaining healthy communities. They understand the positive impact that the arts can have on bringing diverse communities together through good times and bad. Starz Encore Group specifically supports the Denver Film Society and the University of Colorado at Denver's College of Arts & Media because of their passion for film and filmmakers. Their partnership with these organizations will make Starz Encore FilmCenter a reality within the next two years. The FilmCenter will showcase international films, independently produced works and classics along with film festivals on a year-round basis. The FilmCenter will also house an art gallery featuring works by CU Denver students and local artists. In addition, it will function as a film education center, complete with an editing facility, where the craft of filmmaking will be taught. Starz Encore Group has committed $3 million for the operation of the Starz Encore FilmCenter at the Tivoli and has agreed to raise another $9 million for needed renovations. The new state-of-the-art FilmCenter will serve more than 150,000 people each year from the Denver metropolitan region.

LARGE BUSINESS WINNER WELLS FARGO

Wells Fargo feels they have a responsibility to help build and maintain strong, healthy communities -- communities that are enhanced by cultural experiences. The cornerstone of Wells Fargo's community banking philosophy is local leadership. Location presidents, who know their communities and customers well, are responsible for making contribution decisions. In 2001, Wells Fargo donated more than $200,000 - in addition to volunteer hours and/or in-kind gifts - to more than 1 00 arts organizations across the state. Aurora Symphony Orchestra, Boulder Conservatory Theatre, Durango Arts Center, Inc., Fort Collins Symphony Association, Grand junction Musical Arts Association, Koshare Indian Museum, Pueblo Choral Society, and Strings in the Mountains are just a few of the arts organizations that received support during the past year.

For many years, Wells Fargo has recognized the extraordinary value the arts bring the company as a way of enhancing its own customer relationships. Wells Fargo routinely treats its customers to a variety of arts-related activities as a way to thank them for their business and provide an additional value beyond financial services.

LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNER LESTER "DUSTY" LOO

Dusty Loo recognized the importance of citizen involvement in creating a healthy Colorado Springs. Active in the arts in one manner or another for most of his life, Dusty joined the community theatre group that performed regularly at the Fine Arts Center when he was nine. He later learned to paint, specializing on the western landscape. Dusty's quest to learn more about landscape painting led him to research historic Colorado landscape paintings. Soon, he had developed one of the most important collections of Colorado landscape art in the state. A collection that has been loaned to many museum's throughout Colorado including the Denver Art Museum, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Sangre De Cristo Arts Center and Loveland Museum.

Dusty Loo, along with his wife Kathy practiced the time-honored tradition of donating to organizations in which they believed as an example for other to follow. Many times they asked their peers to support organizations such as Colorado Springs Fine Art, Colorado Springs Symphony, Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS, and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo with the same degree of generosity which they themselves had already demonstrated. When the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo hosted a white alligator exhibition two summers ago, the Fine Arts Center arranged for a large scale, color fiberglass display of eight alligators to be placed on exhibit at the entrance of the alligator house. Dusty and Kathy liked the idea of the two organizations collaborating so much that they called their friends and together they funded the project.

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNER DENVER METRO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce is a representative of the business community, dedicated to the economic vitality and quality of life in the Denver metro area. The Chamber feels the arts play a major role not only in Denver's quality of life, but also in bringing millions of dollars of revenue to ensure the region's economic stability. The city's myriad of theater, dance, music, visual arts, and science organizations create a tremendous amount of opportunities for community involvement, while at the same time attracting a top quality workforce and generating tourism. The Chamber is taking an active interest in upcoming legislation issues to ensure that arts organizations will be able to offer their many cultural, educational, family-oriented and community-building programs for years to come.

One particular issue the Chamber is involved in is the reauthorization of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) tax. In 2000, the Chamber's Board of Directors established a Scientific and Cultural Task Force in conjunction with CBCA as a way to emphasize the significant impact cultural resources make to the metropolitan area's superior quality of life. This issue is part of the Chamber's public affairs agenda and strategic plan of work. The Chamber also works to support its members such as the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Colorado's Ocean journey, Denver Art Museum, Denver Botanic Gardens, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the Denver Zoo.
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