UPDATE: Finalists named for the Business & Arts Awards luncheon

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Today's the day, and here are the winners from this morning's luncheon:

Philanthropy Award: U.S. Bank

According to COPPeR's press materials, U.S. Bank was honored for it's continued support of Art on the Streets, a program started in 1999 that has brought over 160 pieces of public art to downtown.

Business Leader in the Arts: Christian Keesee

Keesee, who has backed such projects as the Green Box Arts Festival (which we've written about extensively, see here and here), is also investing heavily in promoting culture in Green Mountain Falls as well as the Springs, supporting organizations like the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and COPPeR's Peak Arts Fund (see our coverage of the fund's kick-off, which was held at Kirkpatrick Bank, where Keesee's chairman, here).

Creative Workspace/Workforce: Epicentral Coworking

Founded just last year by Lisa Tessarowicz and Hannah Parsons, this organization provides office space on a flexible and collaborative basis for independent professionals. COPPeR's press materials add, "Epicentral took the Coworking concept to a whole new level by creating a vibrant and eclectic working environment for their members by giving careful attention to the aesthetic qualities of the office, from lighting and music, to hanging artwork by local artists on the walls."

Special award for Creative Initiative: Wild Fire Tees

This highly creative and much loved initiative helped raise about $300,000 for Waldo Canyon Fire assistance funds. Assembled soon after the fire got serious, WFT's went on to donate 100 percent of all proceeds to relief efforts. The stylish tees were a hit in the community, offering numerous clever designs in several editions.

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  • COPPeR

Every year, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) and the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance (the newly merged Chamber and EDC) hosts the Business and Arts Awards, a luncheon honoring those who contribute to the arts.

This, the fifth such event, takes place Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Antlers Hilton at noon. Tickets run $40 per person and are available here. This year's entertainment includes: music from opera singer Judeth Shay Burns, Crystal & the Curious, Velvet Hills Chorus, the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, Chrysalis Didgeridoos, along with Celtic Dancers, a performance by clown Jim Jackson and a reading by Colorado poet laureate Dave Mason.

The finalists are as follows:

Business Leader in the Arts Award: Bruce Warren of Rothgerber, Johnson & Lyons; Kevan Worley of Worley Enterprises; Christian Keesee of Kirkpatrick Bank

Philanthropy Award: World Arena Youth & Community Assistance Fund; the Colorado Springs Independent (whoop, whoop)

Creative Workspace/Workforce Award: Epicentral Coworking; Kirkpatrick Bank; Progressive Insurance

Click here for our notes from last year's luncheon.

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