Sold-Out Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions Brings Artists, Philanthropists, and Business Together

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Sold-Out Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions Brings Artists, Philanthropists, and Business Together

For immediate release
February 19, 2013

(Calgary AB) – Calgary Arts Development Authority and Mayor Naheed Nenshi are pleased to announce that the inaugural Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions on February 21, 2013, has sold out. There will be photo and footage opportunities for media at the event.

The event will encourage attendees to continue to make Calgary a better city by supporting a successful arts sector through attending, promoting, and investing in the arts. With Calgary’s year as Cultural Capital of Canada coming to a close in March 2013, the Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions will also announce the first recipients of the Cultural Leaders Legacy Artist Awards.

“Our dynamic arts sector is drawing world-wide attention. However, we can do more to make the sector even greater,” says Mayor Nenshi. “This is our chance to come together as current and potential arts champions to invest in an aspect of this city that is truly amazing.”

The luncheon will be co-hosted by Cory Mack and Mike Morrison, and will feature keynote speaker John Michael Schert, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Trey McIntyre Project—an internationally renowned dance company from Boise, Idaho. As both an arts organization and a city-builder, the Trey McIntyre Project is an inspiration for how it brings together citizens in schools, hospitals, public places and businesses to foster a sense of community ownership that goes far beyond Boise.

Luncheon attendees will also have the opportunity to meet and speak with some of Calgary’s top creative dynamos who will be seated at each table to act as catalysts for discussion and action.

“The interest in this event shows that Calgarians know the power of the arts to transform cities. Strengthening the relationship between our business and cultural sectors is key to unlocking this potential,” says Terry Rock, President & CEO of Calgary Arts Development. “We do know that there are far more arts champions in this city than can fit in any single room, and we plan to expand the event next year to accommodate more people.”

Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Palomino Room, BMO Centre, 1410 Olympic Way SE
Doors open: 11:30am
Lunch and Program: 12:00 – 1:30pm
Tickets: $80

For more information about the event, please visit

This event is SOLD OUT; interested parties can contact Emiko Muraki at to be put on a waitlist.

Media are welcome to attend the event. To RSVP, please contact Cadence Mandybura at or 403.264.5330 x 201.

About Calgary 2012
In 2012, Calgarians celebrate the city’s collective cultural achievements as a Cultural Capital of Canada. Calgary 2012 is an independent, non-profit organization, co-chaired by Doug & Lois Mitchell, created to showcase Calgary’s culture and create legacy projects to encourage future cultural achievements. The goals of the organization are to raise awareness of the richness of Calgary’s cultural assets, empower cultural celebration and participation in every community in Calgary, to build a stronger sense of identity and have local and national impact.

About the Cultural Leaders Legacy Artist Awards
A legacy initiative spearheaded by Calgary 2012, the legacy artist awards are $5000 cash prizes that support artists or arts organizations in the following categories: Calgary Catholic Immigration Society New Canadian Artist Award; Sandstone Asset Management City Builder Award; Enbridge Emerging Artist Award; MacLachlan Family Community Beacon Award; and the Doug and Lois Mitchell Outstanding Calgary Artist Award. Each Legacy Award is funded by a $10,000 donation from a local philanthropist or organization with equal matching money from Calgary 2012. The awards will be given annually for four years with winners determined by a jury of peers.

About Calgary Arts Development
Calgary Arts Development plays a leadership role to promote, foster and direct investments that develop the capacity of Calgary’s arts sector to achieve public and artistic impact. As the city’s designated arts development authority, we are a central hub that learns about, promotes, connects, advocates for, and leads strategic initiatives in the arts to animate Calgary as a vibrant cultural centre. Calgary Arts Development allocates municipal funding for the arts provided by The City of Calgary through granting programs that support operations and innovation for more than 190 arts organizations in Calgary.


Further Information
Cadence Mandybura
Community Manager, Calgary Arts Development
Phone: 403.264.5330 x 201

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