Annual Awards Program
In 1984, our Foundation’s benefactor, Charles Edwin Stanton, established the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Annual Awards to honor individuals making significant and unique contributions in the fields of Arts and Humanities, Community Service, and Science and Medicine. In 2016, the three Award categories were updated to reflect the Foundation’s philanthropic focus of supporting arts and culture: Artist Award, Community Service in the Arts, and Science, Medicine and the Arts.
For over three decades, the honor roll of distinguished recipients has grown to more than 100 Colorado individuals and organizations. The recognition includes a cash reward of $35,000 and an opportunity to inspire others to imagine, create, and engage in making our community a more vital place for all.
2017 Annual Awards
On May 19, 2017 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation honored three Colorado leaders at our 32nd Annual Awards Luncheon. Between them, the honorees have elevated the art of ballet in our community, presented wonderful local, national and international artists in Denver, and have led the way in using the arts to advance medical training. The Foundation is pleased to recognize the recipients of its 2017 Annual Awards.
Watch ‘THE FOUNDATION’ Short Film
Wade into this reflection on why we create with spoken word artist Jovan Mays. The film features people, places, and art from Denver. A very special thank you to Denver Art Museum for opening its doors early for the filmmaking process.
Poem by Jovan Mays
Film by Sam Pike
Commissioned by Bonfils-Stanton Foundation in May 2017 for its 32nd Annual Awards Luncheon Celebration