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. Over the past few years as the Foundation has refined its focus on arts and culture, so have these Annual Awards. What were once the categories of Arts and Humanities, Community Service, and Science and Medicine have been reimagined to the categories of Artist, Community Service in the Arts, and Arts and Society.

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.

2019 Annual Awards

On May 14, 2019 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation honored three Colorado leaders at our 34rd Annual Awards Celebration Luncheon. The Foundation is pleased to recognize the recipients of its 2019 Annual Awards.

2019 Annual Awards Celebration Luncheon

Click on images above to open our event image gallery. The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is pleased to use Evan Semón for event images.

2019 Annual Award Celebration – Spoken Word by Bobby LeFebre

During the May 14, 2019 Annual Awards Celebration, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation was pleased to debut a specially commissioned spoken word piece by Bobby LeFebre entitled, “An Exercise in Ritual.”

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