Annual Awards Program2018-10-31T09:12:43+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. 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 Nominations

Now open through November 30, 2018. The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Awards are given annually to distinguished Coloradans who have made significant and unique contributions in three categories: Artist, Community Service in the Arts, and Arts and Society.

Award recipients receive a monetary award of $35,000 and significant recognition for their accomplishments. It is possible for the award to be shared by two individuals or presented to one organization.

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 patrons and professionals 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 an individual who exemplifies accomplishment in the integration of the arts into addressing a non-arts community/societal challenge. This could include health and wellness, science, the environment, poverty, youth, accessibility, immigration, etc., and could encompass either directly using the arts to address a challenge in another sector of society or using the arts to illuminate or educate around the issue. As with our other awards, priority will be given to honor an individual leader whose contributions have been sustained over time and have been at a high level of impact, quality and influence. In special circumstances, an organization or program may be considered.

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 our 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?

2018 Annual Awards

On June 1, 2018 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation honored three Colorado leaders at our 33rd Annual Awards Celebration Luncheon. The Foundation is pleased to recognize the recipients of its 2018 Annual Awards.

2018 Annual Awards Celebration Luncheon

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.