Past Citizens of the Arts recipients Arlene Mohler Johnson (2011), Judi Wolf (2012) and Liz Frawley (1997).
BY SCOTTIE TAYLOR IVERSON
Since 1989, the Fine Arts Foundation has hosted a Citizens of the Arts Jubilee to honor a person or couple involved in the arts in a volunteer capacity who demonstrates leadership in the arts in Colorado, supports the arts in a variety of methods (financial, time, talent and commitment) and reflects the quality of and shares in the Fine Arts Foundation’s commitment to the arts in Colorado.
Marlis Smith Sr. received this first distinctive award in 1989. The 29th annual honor went to Linda Poletti and J Madden.
The Madden name is practically synonymous with the arts. Linda and J have a keen interest in carrying on the tradition of an art-focused family and creating an enhanced exposure to the arts so that the creative side of the brain can prepare our youth to meet 21st century challenges.
In accepting the award with his Linda and their twins Grace and Joe on stage, J said, “We talk about gratitude in our household. Thank you from Joseph, Grace, Linda and myself.”
FAF Jubilee Chair Mary McNicholas, Co-Chair Elizabeth Collins with Citizens of the Arts honorees Linda Poletti and J Madden.
Poletti and Madden are also owners of Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club and Pura Vida Fitness and Spa in Cherry Creek, where ballet and pleasing aesthetics are incorporated into the art of staying active and healthy.
The annual fundraiser contributes to the coffers of the grant recipients. In 2016, 23 grants were presented to arts organizations.
Chaired by Mary McNicholas, whose Irish mantra was “Thank you a million times,” and Elizabeth Collins, the committee orchestrated an elegant ambiance at the Four Seasons Hotel. From the gold-embossed on claret-printed programs to the table linens matching the centerpieces in shades of claret, pink and touches of metallic gold, the Jubilee was an elegant evening.
In addition, the Jubilee was a tribute to the late Jean Watt, a beloved member of the FAF family and herself a Citizen of the Arts recipient in 1996.
The celebration closed with an upbeat performance by the local group Spinphony.
FAF President Janet Granger surrounded by Immediate Past President Caroline Simpson and VP Finance Dananne Solomon.
A violinist from the band Spinphony circulates before going on stage.
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