Arts Award: Keri Dillingham
Profiles of winners
This issue includes the first two of 10 profiles of the annual Heart of Broomfield award winners. The others will run in successive issues. Join the Community Foundation from 5 to 8 p.m. April 8 at the Westminster Marriott, 7000 Church Ranch Blvd., for the award ceremony. Info and tickets: broomfieldfoundation.org .
From the moment Keri Dillingham stepped through the door as office manager for Broomfield Council on the Arts and Humanities, her energy and passion for the arts was apparent, Chippy Cianci, BCAH vice president, said in a letter nominating Dillingham for the Arts Heart of Broomfield Award.
Dillingham came to the BCAH in 2014.
“Over the years, her hard work, innovative and progressive ideas, and technical literacy have propelled BCAH into the future with her artistic creativity surrounding every effort,” Cianci said.
It soon was evident that Dillingham was performing duties of an executive director and meeting all expectations of that position. In 2018, she was named executive director.
“She tirelessly gives her heart and soul to the mission and vision of BCAH — supporting, nurturing and mentoring artists and art groups in Broomfield and surrounding communities,” she said.
Dillingham always advocates and speaks on behalf of the organization, both in person and through social media where she keeps the community updated with events and activities.
“Keri gives her all, and you will find her smiling, greeting, reaching out and working at most BCAH events plus volunteering at many of our supporting art groups events,” Cianci said. “Broomfield arts community would not be as robust and vibrant without her efforts.”
Sherrill Bunetta said Dillingham widens and improves the art experience to all residents and those in the surrounding area with her enthusiasm on promoting the arts. She credits her with improving BCAH’s online exposure by creating marketing materials and newsletters to using her event-planning skills for BCAH’s annual fundraiser in February and in maintaining the website.
″(Dillingham) is very professional, friendly, courteous, devoted, considerate, passionate, talented, organized, and respectful — just to name a few,” Bunetta said. “She is an amazing individual, mother and friend worthy of the Heart of Broomfield Award.”
Gerry Case, who has worked with Dillingham as a member of the Broomfield Art Guild and the Broomfield Photo Club, said that “without exception,” Dillingham has been very supportive and accommodating to people wanting to show their work in the Brunner Farmhouse.
“Keri interfaces with the public in a very positive manner and is the kind of employee that, if I were still running an office instead of being retired, I would hire to represent my company,” Case said. ”
He called her a high-caliber employee who embodies the spirit of the Broomfield community.
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