TRG Arts wins the 2017 CREATE Award
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TRG Arts wins the 2017 CREATE Award

Amelia Northrup-Simpson | March 15, 2017 4:18 PM

The Results Group for the Arts (TRG Arts) has won the 2017 CREATE Award at the 30th annual Business for the Arts Awards, hosted today in Denver by the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA).

Each fall, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region nominates at least one deserving business from our community for the statewide Business for the Arts Awards.

“We are proud that such an elite, for-profit consulting firm with an international reputation in the arts world has been based here in the Pikes Peak region for two decades. In addition to acknowledging TRG’s impactful work in the creative sector, this recognition from CBCA is an important opportunity to represent Colorado Springs in a positive light at the state level,” said Andy Vick, Executive Director of the Cultural Office.

“Everyone who works at TRG believes in the power of arts and culture to transform individuals and communities. Our work to improve the business practices of arts and cultural organizations empowers the individuals who dare to create art and leads to increased vibrancy, innovation, and artistic freedom. In additional to our natural beauty, Colorado is known for its world-class creative industry. We’re pleased to be part of Colorado’s significant creative contributions and work every day to bring artists and audiences together in our state, nationally, and internationally,” said Jill Robinson, President & CEO of TRG Arts.

The ceremony celebrates inspiring arts and business partnerships across Colorado. Over 130 companies and individuals have been honored for their philanthropic support, exceptional leadership and innovative engagement with the arts. The high-energy, arts-infused luncheon is attended by over 700 arts, business and civic leaders from across Colorado, and sold out months in advance. This year’s ceremony was held on March 15 at 11:15am-1:30pm at the Seawell Grand Ballroom of the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

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CBCA describes the CREATE Award category in this way: “Creative industries shape Colorado’s economy and contribute to the cultural fabric of our state. From retail shops to new media companies to boutique design firms, creative businesses are raising the profile of local goods and services. The Create Award acknowledges an outstanding, for-profit creative business that has made a significant impact on Colorado’s creative economy. Their impact extends beyond their day jobs—it bolsters the reputation, strength and growth of our creative community statewide.”

More information and official press release on the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region’s website:


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