Do you know a Colorado individual or organization who has made significant and unique contributions as an Artist, through Community Service for the Arts or through the intersection of Science, Medicine and the Arts?
Well, it’s time to nominate them for the 2018 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Awards! Deadline to submit nominations is Friday, December 15.
‘The Annual Awards Program is one of the favorite parts of my job and what we do here at Bonfils-Stanton Foundation – to honor and celebrate those who have made an infinite impact on Colorado’s vital arts and culture landscape,’ says Gary Steuer, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s President and CEO. ‘From learning how these organizations incorporate the arts to make our communities a better place to live, or by achieving individual greatness through profound work in the arts, our Annual Awards recognizes three phenomenal honorees. I have a feeling the nominees for 2018 will push all boundaries.’
Here are the three fields we set to celebrate in the spring of 2018 at our Annual Awards Luncheon:
Award in the Arts
This field includes those who have achieved major accomplishments or made significant contributions in one or more art forms such as music, theater, dance, fine arts, media, or literature. Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s current focus is to recognize practicing Colorado artists whose virtuosity and professional accomplishments have achieved national/international distinction AND/OR those whose participation in the arts has made a tremendous impact on the arts community in which they live.
Award in Community Service for the Arts
This field includes those who are active participants and respected leaders in the community who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of arts and culture over an extended time. Its focus is on leaders, professionals and patrons that may provide financial support, but also make a significant statement with their time and talent.
Examples include: Arts advocates, philanthropists, patrons, trustees, and leaders of nonprofit arts organizations.
Award in Science, Medicine and the Arts
This award recognizes a program, organization or individual that exemplifies the integration of the arts into addressing medical/scientific objectives. This could be utilizing the arts as a direct component of treatment, or making explicit utilization of the arts in helping to illuminate or educate around a science or medicine issue/area.
An example is 2016 honoree, Children’s Hospital Colorado, which weaves the arts into many aspects of their work improving the health of children. From arts on the grounds and in the central atrium of Children’s Hospital Colorado, to their art gallery, to the Ponzio Creative Arts Therapy Program and bringing artists like the Colorado Ballet into the hospital, art in all its form is key to how they achieve their healthcare goals.
When considering your nomination in any category, please keep these general questions in mind:
- Significance. In what ways have the nominee’s accomplishments made a lasting difference in the quality of life for Coloradans? Has the benefit been widespread—both in numbers and scope? Is the community/the state/the field of practice positioned differently because of the nominee’s contributions?
- Distinctiveness. What about the nominee’s contributions are distinguishable? When compared with others of similar means, talents, etc., are this nominee’s accomplishments unique?
- Inspirational. How would the selection of this nominee contribute to Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s goal of motivating others to similar accomplishments? Would their contributions be worthy of emulation? Have their accomplishments helped shine a light on Colorado as a place of creativity and inspiration?
Honorees will receive $35,000 and meaningful recognition for their accomplishments at our Annual Awards Celebration in 2018.
Questions? Feel free to email Monique Loseke at Monique@Bonfils-Stanton.org.