Do you know a Coloradan who has made significant and unique contributions as an Artist, through Community Service in the Arts or through the intersection of Art and Society? Well, it’s time to get your nomination ready for the 2019 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Awards! We’re looking for submissions from November 1 – November 30, 2018. 

‘The Annual Awards Program is one of the favorite parts of my job and what we do here at Bonfils-Stanton Foundation – to honor and celebrate those who have made a profound impact on our State’s vital arts and culture landscape,’ says Gary Steuer, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s President and CEO. ‘From learning how these organizations incorporate the arts to make our communities a better place to live, or by achieving individual greatness through profound work in the arts, our Annual Awards recognizes three phenomenal honorees. I have a feeling the nominees for 2019 will push all boundaries.’

Here are the three fields we set to recognize in the spring of 2019 at our Annual Awards Celebration:

Award in the Arts

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.

In 2018 we were delighted to honor Carlos Frésquez, a dedicated artist and educator, who has spent his career offering a unique perspective on culture in Denver and the Chicano community through various art forms. To learn more about Carlos visit.

Award in Community Service in the Arts

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.

Arlene and Barry Hirschfeld, 2018 honorees, share a long and unwavering commitment to support arts and culture through their generous philanthropy and dedicated volunteer leadership. Visit here to see where they have made extraordinary contributions to the arts.

Award in Arts and Society

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.

The 2018 recipient of this award was Susan Jenson, Executive Director of Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA). Susan has passionately dedicated her career to engaging the community and transforming lives through her commitment to the arts. Visit here to learn more about Susan’s work.

When considering your nomination in any category, please keep these general questions in mind:

  • 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?
  • What about the nominee’s contributions are distinguishable? When compared with others of similar means, talents, etc., are this nominee’s accomplishments unique?
  • 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 2019.

Get ready to nominate. Our submission form will be live from November 1 – November 30, 2018. Stay tuned for the link, which will release very soon.

Questions? Feel free to email Monique Loseke at