Fifth annual Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions coming up on March 22

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Fifth annual Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions coming up on March 22

March 16, 2017

2017 event showcases youth artists and announces six legacy artist award winners

(Calgary AB) – Calgary Arts Development and the Office of the Mayor welcome Calgary’s business and arts communities to the fifth annual Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in the Palomino Ballroom (BMO Centre, Stampede Park).

Calgary Arts Development acknowledges the support of Strategic Group as the Champion Sponsor, TELUS as the Youth Arts Showcase sponsor, and TD Bank Group as the VIP Table Sponsor at this year’s event. The 2017 Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions is officially sold-out.

Featuring remarks from Mayor Naheed Nenshi, the event is hosted by Dave Kelly and celebrates arts champions in our city. This being Canada’s sesquicentennial, the event also promotes a theme of 3 Things for Canada and encourages everyone to undertake three acts of service, large or small, for their neighbourhood, their nation and the world.

“As arts champions, we can all use our hands, hearts, and minds to strengthen our community through the arts,” says Mayor Nenshi. “Our 3 Things for Canada can be attending, promoting, and investing in the arts in Calgary.”

“The Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions is an exciting event in our annual calendar,” says Patti Pon, President & CEO of Calgary Arts Development. “It is a joy to celebrate people and companies who stand up for the arts as supporters, fans, connectors and friends.“

The occasion will also recognize recipients of this year’s Cultural Leaders Legacy Artist Awards. A legacy of Calgary’s year as a Cultural Capital of Canada, each award is funded by a contribution from a local philanthropist or organization with equal matching money from Calgary 2012. These awards are $5,000 cash prizes that support artists or arts organizations. The Cultural Leaders Legacy Artist Awards include:

  • ATB Financial Healing Through the Arts Award
  • Calgary Catholic Immigration Society New Canadian Artist Award
  • Colin Jackson and Arlene Strom Creative Placemaking Award
  • RBC Emerging Artist Award
  • Sandstone City Builder Award
  • Doug and Lois Mitchell Outstanding Calgary Artist Award

There will be photo and footage opportunities for media at the event. The Mayor will be available immediately after the lunch for media questions and photos with the Cultural Leader Legacy Artist Award recipients.


Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Palomino Ballroom, BMO Centre, Stampede Park (20 Roundup Way SE)

Doors Open: 11:00am
TELUS Youth Arts Showcase: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Music, dance, performing and visual art by more than 150 Calgarians under age 21
Lunch and Program: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Photo and Footage Opportunity with the Mayor: 1:30pm

Tickets: The 2017 Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions is sold-out

In addition to Champion Sponsor Strategic Group, Youth Arts Showcase Sponsor TELUS, and VIP Table Sponsor TD Bank Group, we thank the following:

Arts Patron Table Sponsors:
Alberta College of Art + Design | Aspen Properties | ATB Financial | Brookfield Residential
Calgary Flames Foundation | Calgary Foundation | Calgary Municipal Land Corporation | KPMG LLP
Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd. | Nexen, a CNOOC Limited Company

Video Sponsor:
Nur Films                                

Floral Sponsor:

More information is available at

About Calgary Arts Development
As the city’s designated arts development authority, Calgary Arts Development supports and strengthens the arts to benefit all Calgarians. We invest and allocate municipal funding for the arts provided by The City of Calgary and leverage these funds to provide additional resources to the arts sector. Our programs support hundreds of arts organizations, individual artists, artist collectives and ad hoc groups in Calgary.


Further Information
Helen Moore-Parkhouse
Director, Communications and Engagement, Calgary Arts Development
Phone: (office) 403.264.5330 ext. 102; (mobile) 587.227.0150

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