Annual Awards Program 2017-11-14T09:37:36+00:00

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.

2018 Annual Awards Nominations

Now open through December 15, 2017. The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Awards are given annually to distinguished Coloradans or Colorado-based organizations who have made significant and unique contributions in three categories: Arts, Community Service for the Arts, and Science, Medicine and the Arts.

More about the Award categories:

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.

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.

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.

Ready, Set, NOMINATE – Go here to submit your nominations. Remember, the deadline to submit is December 15, 2017 at 5 p.m.


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.

2017 Annual Awards

Click on images above to open our event image gallery. The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is pleased to use FocusTree Photography, Bernard Wooten for event images.

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

30th Anniversary Awards Tribute

On May 7, 2015, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation celebrated 30 years of prestigious awards in the areas of Community Service, Science and Medicine, and the Arts and Humanities.