2015 Governor's Creative Leadership Award

  Left to right is Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia, me, CCI Director Margaret Hunt, and Fiona Arnold, the Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development.

Left to right is Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia, me, CCI Director Margaret Hunt, and Fiona Arnold, the Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development.

I've been truly honored (and made quite uncomfortable) by receiving the 2015 Governor's Creative Leadership Award, which was presented to me in an awards luncheon in Fort Collins, Colorado on April 24th.

A very talented film maker named Zach Wolfson came down to my studio and spent a day with me earlier in the year, and created a short video that was used to introduce me for the award. Zach did a great job, and you can check it out here.

 

Colorado Creative Industries announces 
2015 Governor's Creative Leadership Award winners
Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) announced April 16 that three nominees were selected to receive the 2015 Governor's Creative Leadership Award.  Winners are Jessica Cooney of Greeley, Don Richmond of Alamosa, and Lissette Riviere of Montrose.  A total of 39 individuals and organizations were nominated for the 2015 awards.
The Governor's Creative Leadership Awards honor Coloradans who have demonstrated a significant commitment to the state's creative landscape through civic leadership and volunteerism, including advocacy, vision, collaboration or innovation.  This year's awards are presented in two categories: arts and community action, and arts and social change.  Winners will receive an original work of art created by Fort Collins artist Bill Zaun and be honored at an awards luncheon April 24 at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center in conjunction with the fourth annual Creative Industries Summit.
"This award seeks out those that are providing selfless service within the creative sector in Colorado, and inspires others by honoring their process and celebrating achievements," said Margaret Hunt, CCI director.
About the award winners:
Jessica Cooney, Greeley, was nominated by Becky Safarik with the City of Greeley in the arts and social change category for her work as director of El Teatro, a multilingual, multicultural theatre program that helps new and growing refugee and immigrant populations assimilate in Northern Colorado.
Lisette Riviere, Montrose, was nominated by Julianne Johnson at Delta Montrose Youth Services in the arts and community action category for her work with Delta Montrose Youth Services as an Arts Partner case manager.  Lisette is committed to change starting with children and using the arts and mentoring as her vehicle.
Don Richmond, Alamosa's music icon who supports not only local music but numerous social issues including homelessness, cancer relief, domestic violence and locally-grown food, was nominated by Kay O. Watkins in the arts and community action category for his 50-year commitment to the music sector in Colorado.
Don has played thousands of venues since 1970 when he began with the band Tumbleweed.  He has produced six solo recordings as well as four recordings with his band mates in Tumbleweed, three recordings with his band mates in Hired Hands and two with his current band the Rifters.  He owns and operates Howlin' Dog Recording Studio where more than 100 albums have been released. This high-quality recording studio has made it possible for many local musicians to get their music to the public at a very reasonable price.
In addition, Don has composed and recorded the music for three documentary films, all seen on National Public Television :  "Still Waiting--Life after Katrina" (in which he plays ten different instruments), "We Did It All Ourselves," a civil rights documentary also seen at international film festivals, and Roy Bedecheck's "Vanishing Frontier."  He has helped raise funds for music scholarships and a recording studio at Adams State University in memory of his father, the late Ed Richmond, emeritus professor of music.  He works closely with the ASU music department, playing with them occasionally and presenting lectures from his book entitled "Getting the Music Past Your Fear," available on Amazon.
Don's talents have supported many non-profit charities in the San Luis Valley.  He works with and boosts local radio station KRZA and helps with fund-raising and promotion of local musicians and concerts.  He has been artist in residence and an Aesthetic Institute instructor  for the Colorado Council of the Arts.  He is considered by many musicians as gifted with virtuosity on several instruments,  and holds an honorary doctorate of music from ASU.
CCI  is a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.  Established to capitalize on the immense potential for our creative sector to enhance economic growth in Colorado, the mission of CCI is to promote, support and expand the creative industries to  drive Colorado's economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life.
 

Creative Leadership Awards honor those members that have demonstrated a significant commitment to Colorado’s creative landscape through civic leadership and volunteerism including advocacy, vision, collaboration, or innovation. Learn more about the Awards at www.coloradocreativeindustries.org. Video produced by www.zwfilm.com.