Governor's Creative Leadership Awards

The Governor's Creative Leadership Awards honor community members across Colorado for civic leadership and volunteerism in creative industries. Awardees celebrate the arts through advocacy, vision, collaboration, and innovation.

Awards are given every year during the Colorado Creative Industries Summit. Colorado Creative Industries gives this award to celebrate creative excellence in Colorado.

CO Creative Industries is now accepting nominations for the Governor's Creative Leadership Awards. Nominations are accepted under the following categories:

  • Arts and creative placemaking: Presented to individuals that use the arts to envision new futures through activities such as activating a public space, animating a community or sparking redevelopment.

  • Arts and community action: Presented to individuals that have demonstrated selfless service, inspired others to take action or catalyze change in their community using the arts.

  • Arts and social change:  Presented to individuals that work to solve a critical social problem such as homelessness, drug prevention, abuse, poverty or racism using creativity and/or arts.

Nominations are currently closed.


Type: Award

For: Community members that support the creative industries

Application deadline: Nominations currently closed

OEDIT division: Colorado Creative Industries


Nominees need to be living Colorado residents. You cannot nominate yourself. Colorado residents, Colorado-based organizations, or businesses registered with the Colorado Secretary of State may nominate someone else for this award.

Nominations are currently closed.

Submit nominations through the Colorado Creative Industries Grant portal. Log in to your account or create a new account. We recommend that you print and keep a copy of your nomination for your records.

Nomination letter

The nomination letter needs to:

  • be a maximum two typed pages in a Microsoft Word document
  • briefly address your relationship with the nominee
  • describe the distinctive way in which the nominee has demonstrated significant civic leadership and volunteerism in Colorado’s creative landscape through advocacy, vision, collaboration, or innovation in the categories of: 
    • arts and creative placemaking
    • arts and community action
    • arts and social change

Work samples

Upload three items that demonstrate the excellence and impact of the nominee’s work. 

Work samples may include:

  • press clippings
  • photos
  • video or audio samples
  • letters of support
  • printed programs

An item may be a:

  • audio file
  • video file
  • single weblink
  • PDF
  • Word document
  • Excel document

Upload attachments with this file naming convention: Nominee’s name_work sample descriptive title.

A selection committee will review nominations and select finalists. The committee judges nominations on:

  • significance and size of the arts and creative sector to enhance Colorado’s social and/or economy, quality of life, and well-being
  • the variety of populations that the arts actions serve
  • the vision and long-term community impact

We will announce the winners at the Colorado Creative Industries Summit.

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