Friday, October 5, 2018

Business & Arts Lunch honors worthwhile business and arts collaborations

Posted By on Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 2:41 PM

click to enlarge ALISSA SMITH
  • Alissa Smith
The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region and the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC presented their annual Business & Arts Lunch on Oct. 5, honoring Arts Month and this past year of business/artistic collaboration.

Opening with an address by Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, and emceed by COPPeR executive director Andy Vick and Colorado Springs Chamber president/CEO Dirk Draper, the Business & Arts Lunch featured a variety of performances that speak to the diversity of arts on offer in the Pikes Peak Region. The Out Loud Men’s Chorus, break dancer and acrobat Ivan Manriquez, traditional Indian dancer Krithika Prashant, singer Victoria “Lyrick” Lipscomb, The Sarah Groh Quartet and two dancers from the Colorado Ballet Society rounded out the program between videos introducing the honorees.

This year’s honorees were selected based on their emphasis on integration — that is, integrating the arts and business in creative and worthwhile ways.

Progressive Insurance was selected for its commitment to displaying unique and sometimes controversial art in its offices, and using that art to spark conversations and encourage “diversity of thought.”

Women in Reel Estate, a group of women realtors and real estate agents whose mission is to support the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, was honored for the grassroots giving circle they established.

Wells Fargo, which has long placed an emphasis on supporting the arts, received an honor for its integrated arts marketing campaigns, and its commitment to the organizations with which it partners on advertising and marketing.

Local Relic’s recent collaboration with the Downtown Partnership earned it a place among the honorees, specifically for the ten beers Local Relic’s brewers crafted to honor Art on the Streets’ 20-year anniversary. The labels of each of these special beers bore a photo of one of the Art on the Streets installations.

And, finally, Kaiser Permanente took home an honor for its “Finding Your Words” campaign, which was an effort to encourage honest discussion about mental illness through murals. These murals can be found on the side of Cottonwood Center for the Arts, along the Pueblo River Walk, and in Denver’s RiNo Arts District.

The awards were once again crafted by blacksmith Jodie Bliss, and artist Jean Cuchiaro provided the lunch’s signature painting and centerpieces.

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