Champion of the Arts Award

Recognizing exemplary support, promotion, financial generosity, and individual volunteerism for arts and culture in our community!

2017 - Gilded Galaxy by Pavia Justinian

Annual Champion of the Arts

Cultural groups, organizations, and local citizens nominate Grand Junction businesses and individuals for this honor to recognize their generosity, dedication, promotion, and support of the arts, and the award winners are selected by the Commission on Arts and Culture. The awards to these recipients are artwork by local artists.

In the fall of each year, the Commission on Arts and Culture invites nominations for the two annual Champion of the Arts Awards. The awards are given to one Grand Junction business (located within the city limits) or organization, and one individual who/that epitomizes leadership, generosity, and dedication towards arts and culture. The selection criteria are:

  • A consistent and on-going commitment to support, sustain & promote arts & culture/artists/arts organizations
  • Financial donations and underwriting support and/or generous in-kind professional support and assistance
  • Extensive volunteer time and continued, sincere, above-and-beyond involvement (for individuals).
  • The above criteria may not be part of the job description of the nominee
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted
  • Deadline for nominations is November 5, 2018 by 5:00pm



Congratulations to the 2017 Champion of the Arts Award Winner

The Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture is proud to announce that KAFM Radio is the recipient of the 2017 Champion of the Arts Award.

KAFM is the only local community radio station in Grand Junction (one of less than 200 in the entire country) providing both eclectic music programming and special interest talk shows to listeners in the Grand Valley and beyond since 1999. Now streaming across the nation and in eight foreign countries, KAFM is powered by over 250 volunteers, including the corps of talented and vibrant programmers you hear on-the-air daily. These are your friends, neighbors, and partners, making KAFM truly "community powered" radio.

 KAFM is a member-supported, volunteer-oriented community radio station dedicated to excellence and diversity in musical, cultural and public service programming. KAFM fills a vital role in the Grand Valley of Western Colorado as an accessible forum for the presentation of music, arts, culture and information by and for the local community.

KAFM’s consistent commitment to support and promote the arts is exemplified in the many projects the radio station is involved in. Beyond Radio, conceived in January of 2008, built on KAFM’s reputation of offering quality yet unusual artistic presentations otherwise unavailable. Held in the Radio Room, the community can experience live concerts, radio theatre, poetry readings, movies, lectures, and other educational presentations in a cozy 75 seat venue. 

 Collaborations with local theatrical groups in producing plays, musicals, and acts that are rehearsed, performed and recorded at the KAFM studios are many. KAFM provides the space, equipment, and stage at the Radio Room in their studio location for such programs as the Chautauqua Performance of Eleanor Roosevelt, Marie Curie and John Otto.

 The Gallery at the Radio Room features an ongoing exhibit of local works in every medium throughout the year. Annually, KAFM hosts an auction/fundraiser of said art works with 60% going to the artists and a portion of art sales benefiting KAFM Community Radio.

More than 200 nonprofits in the Grand Valley have taken advantage of opportunity to bring their information to the community via the Community Affairs show. With a small but mighty staff of four and a volunteer staff of over 200, KAFM is committed to community, creativity and innovation, teamwork, accountability, initiative, and passion.

 As the award, the Arts Commission has purchased Gilded Galaxy, by Pavia Justinian, a talented Grand Valley artist. The artwork will be presented to KAFM at the Grand Junction Centennial Band’s Holiday Extravaganza at the Avalon Theatre on Sunday, December 3. KAFM will be introduced to City Council at the regular meeting on January 17, 2018. The Arts Commission wishes to congratulate KAFM for this honor and thanks Terry Doherty for the nomination.

Congratulations to the following local Artist whose artwork was purchased as the awards:

pavia justinian - Gilded galaxy

Past Champion of the Arts Award Winners

1994 - Norwest Bank (Wells Fargo Bank)
1995 - First Federal Savings Bank and Frame Works & Gallery
1996 - Hoskin, Farina, Aldrich & Kampf and
Haining Plumbing & Heating
1997 - City Market and Taco John's (12th Street)
1998 - Home Loan & Investment, Elite Expressions, and Grand Cleaners
1999 - Energy Air Drilling Company and Picture This
2000 - Elam Construction, Inc. and Working Artists Studio
2001 - Alpine Bank and Planet Earth & the 4 Directions Gallery
2002 - Old Chicago Restaurant and The Neon Factory
2003 - Cole & Company/Century 21 Realty and The Coffee Studio
2004 - Grand Junction Free Press and
The Crystal Café
2005 - The Daily Sentinel, Kay Ambrose, and Karen Hildebrandt
2006 - FCI Constructors, Inc. and Sara Alyn Oakley
2007 - Arlene Baker & U. S. Bank and Connie Robbins-Brady & MCVSD 51 Art Heritage Program
2008 - Enstrom Candies and Terry Shepherd,
and Honorable Mention 13 Photography
2009 - St. Mary's Hospital & Medical Center, Pamela Blythe of Blythe Group + Co., and Krystyn            Hartman/Grand Valley Magazine and Honorable Mention Stephen Boelter
2010 - Wells Fargo & Dean Massey and John & Angie Moss
2011 - Roper Music and Chuck & Robbie Breaux

2012 - Doyle Trading Consultants and Harold & Ruth Moss

2013 - Super Rad & Vera Mulder & Lois and Edward Gardner

2014 - Shear Inc., & Karen Combs

2015 - Tillie Bishop

2016 - Dr. Michael Neste & Family Health West

2017 - KAFM Radio

City of Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture

This is a print version of a webpage. View the original at: http://www.gjarts.org/cultural-happenings-news-events/champion-arts-award/

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