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.

2020 Annual Awards

On Friday, November 20, 2020, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation honored five Colorado leaders at our 35rd Annual Awards Celebration. The Foundation is pleased to recognize the recipients of its 2020 Annual Awards.

2020 Annual Awards Celebration

Enjoy performances and programming with some of the best Denver artists, performers and contributors. The lineup for the event included dance performances by Colorado Ballet, Wonderbound and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance along with spoken word pieces by local youth poets.

To view the event with ASL interpretation, please click here.

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation commissioned artist Gregg Deal to provide an artistic land acknowledgement and Sam Pike Films to create mini-documentaries on each honoree that are sure to inspire.

2020 Annual Awards Celebration – Gregg Deal

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation commissioned artist Gregg Deal to give an artistic land acknowledgement during the 35th Annual Awards Celebration.

2019 Annual Awards Celebration – 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